Massive turnout at Mandurah interclub tri

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It doesn’t get any better than this. The 25th annual Mandurah Tri Club interclub championships were an absolute blast with Perth Hills Tri Club showing how it’s done.

Triathlon is mostly an individual pursuit but once a year we compete club against club. Our little club had 30 participants (that’s more than 40% of eligible members) and a huge support crew out for this fun club event.

The weather was perfect with temps in the high 20s, calm waters and a light breeze. A new transition area and run course provided plenty of entertainment for the spectators (not least of all the competitors trying to navigate the last km of the run leg).

Abdul and James had a great day, backing up from Saturday’s Power Station tri and the novice crew gave a great showing with Alex, Crystal and Trish making it look easy. Trish took a spill on the bike course and got herself some gravel rash to show for it but she powered on for a strong finish. All of our coaches were on course with Coach Yanti still recovering from a 10km open water swim the day before and Coach Peta having a great race in prep for Busso.

Top male finishers: Matt Snell, James Maycock, Mike Burns

Top female finishers: Emma Moon, Peta Woodland, Floora De Wit

 

Wolves fire up at power station

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The Power Station Triathlon was a fast, fun event with a few members from the Perth Hills Triathlon Club competing. A late change during the week to the transition area meant the swim course was altered, the bike course had a new start and finish and the run was reversed. This didn’t deter the three wolves who were pumped and ready to go.

The course consisted of a 750m swim, 23km ride and a 4km run. The swim was made easier as almost all of it was with the current. The ride was made up of five laps with a lot of tight turns and a couple of railway crossings. The run was two laps along the windy coastal path. A very flat course meant the hills were not calling today.

Jason was at his first ever triathlon and thought it would be a good idea to see what it was all about before racing in the 70.3 at Busselton next week. He was 3rd fastest out of the water, held his own on the bike and finished 7th in his category.

James thought it was a fun and friendly event and a good way to start off the season. He was only a few seconds behind Jason on the swim and ride but smashed out a 16:50 4km run to finish in a time of 1:13:57. A nice way to stretch out the legs before resting up for the Mandurah Interclubs the following day.

Abdul came into the event thinking he would take it easy as he was also racing at Interclubs on Sunday. He started off by coming out of the water 13th in a time of 15:15. He enjoyed the tight turns on the bike course but was missing the hills and almost lost count of how many laps he had done. A solid run gave him a total time of 1:22:46.

A great day was had by all with another event done for the season but with plenty more to come.

Sufferfest Rottnest 2017

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Ten wolves headed over to beautiful Rottnest Island for the aptly named Sufferfest event however it seems all eyes were on the two metre shark which saw the first group of swimmers pulled from the water and all further swim legs cancelled.

Later triathlon events were converted to a duathlon format with the first leg a short sprint to get the heart pumping. It caused a bit of a scrum at T1 and having to carry the bike through sand was an added challenge but in true wolf style they got it done.

Poor Jeff was all set to do his first tri and the shark robbed him of that chance so he will give it another crack at Mandurah, but he did an admirable job in the duathlon.

The undeniable highlight of this race is, of course, the amazing scenery and the 20km bike course which took in most of the island – although one or two long course athletes did find the fourth tour a bit less exciting than the first couple.

The sun shone brightly on Saturday and with a late start, most athletes battled the heat with racers having to bike and run through the midday sun. Many found this a big challenge but I’m sure it made the beers taste all the sweeter at the obligatory post-race session at the Rotto Hotel.

All the athletes were thankful of the support from the crew who came over for the race and give them a big wolf howl for their support during training and racing.

Podium Report
– Big congratulations to Mike who took a silver in the Aquabike with a margin of only one second!
– Shout out to Floora who missed out on bronze in the sprint by 24 seconds.

 

Point Walter Enduro 2017

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It was enduro mayhem and a podium trifecta at the Point Walter All Bar None event with an exciting teams format that had everyone guessing – even the organisers.

Teams of two were competing in one of two categories – either combined age over 70 or combined age under 70. The enduro-style race included a 500m swim, 18km bike and 4km run for each person, but with the added excitement of tagging each other in and out of the race.

The format, while slightly daunting, made for a lot of fun and spectator involvement. Six laps to make up one 9km bike leg meant spectators got a real show and the athletes got to enjoy the race too while waiting for their next leg. As one athlete commented, it’s not often you get to stop twice mid race and cheer on your mates.

Special mention to novice Alex who took out a medal in his first event.

Podium Report
Podium clean sweep for the mens over 70s teams
– Gold to Ian and Shannon in the over 70 male category
– Silver to Mike and Justin in the over 70 male category
– Bronze to Mark and Bill in the over 70 male category
– Plus a silver to Alex and Abdul in the under 70 male category

Triathlon Pink 2017

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Some of our female novice’s took the plunge and competed in the Ramsay Health Care Triathlon Pink – the national all-female triathlon series which helps raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. These awesome athletes have been working hard under the tutelage of Coach Slim. Congratulations Kobie, Karen, Sue, Trish and Jodie.

 

Coach’s Corner with Coach Mike – Child Wrangling 101

So I have been told I need to write Coaches Corner this week, could be interesting… Given I am not an official TA Coach and base my own training on what fits with my family commitments, desire on the day and what an old friend (who happens to be a two times Kona competitor) told me when I first started out two seasons ago “racing is the best form of training”.

I will leave any pearls of wisdom in regard to triathlon planning and training to the qualified coaches and instead offer an insight into child wrangling.

As the “Pups” coach, our club’s junior triathlon program, I have developed a program based on fundamental movement skills, my experience a primary school Phys-Ed teacher and years of club and school squad swim training. So, what pearls of wisdom can I offer you? Well how about managing groups of children, you know for that next kids party or coaching the netball team?

Managing groups of kids is made easier by keeping some simple rules in mind.

Volume

You need to be the loudest, however this doesn’t mean yelling and screaming. It means gaining attention. Teachers use all kinds of means of gaining this from hand signals, whistles, bells and voice. Personally, I favour voice as it is always with me. The key point is having their full attention and being loud enough for all to hear.

Boundary

Kids have no spatial boundaries which as adults we accept as common sense. If you ask them to move away from each other and make some space because they are going to do some stretching, dancing or whatever, there will always be those who move all the way to the other side of the natural boundaries set by the court, oval, room or pool you are within.

To eliminate this and make your own life easier, set a boundary before giving the go ahead “I want you to come and sit on this mat”, “I want you to find some space away from each other inside these cones”, “we are going to play the game inside the centre third marked by these four lines”.

Distraction

If you are not the most exciting option you have no chance. Don’t try and give instruction while a lady is chasing a group of puppies across the oval, a plane is flying overhead, a rainbow suddenly appears, or they have something in their hands. All those things are more exciting than you, in fact I have found in a child’s mind pretty much most things are more exciting than listening to someone give an instruction. When it comes to equipment, always hand it out after the instruction, if they already have it from a previous activity have them place it on the ground in front of them until after instructions are given.

Redirection

This one is simple. Basically, it is easier for you if you redirect within a game or activity rather than stopping and starting. Just reiterate the point that needs attention during a game and have the children change mid task.

Kids hate stop – start and will lose interest if you interrupt the flow of an activity too often. It is important to make sure you are the loudest in this case. Bear in mind if there is major issues stopping the activity will be necessary.

Black and White/Short and Sharp

Make instructions clear and to the child’s level (black and white, no ambiguity). Don’t go on and on, remember you are only going to be the most exciting point of distraction for a short period before an ant or fart takes that away from you so make the most of it.

Praise

This may be the last point, however, it is the most important. Kids are learners, as learners we need feedback and this should be given in a positive form, be genuine and regular. Make change by pointing out something they are doing well first “great work keeping you head up Bill but try not to swing your arms across your body”. Do this and children will seek it out and absorb the information. Don’t do it and they will lose interest.

Seems simple and makes sense, right? Start being aware of this and you will notice those who do it well and those who don’t. It is about confidence and control. You need to be your best in order for kids to be theirs.

Have fun out there, Mike.

Coach Mike is a qualified primary school
physical education teacher and father
of two.