UltraHumps: The Training Continues

Hi blog followers and welcome to another weekly blog of my journey to the Cameron Brown Award and IronMaori / Port of Tauranga Legend Series.

This week has seen me training full time back in the good old outdoors which I love. Due to work commitments requiring me to head to Waiouru in the latter part of the week I had to get up extra early the day I left to make sure my training was done as Coach Ray had me upping the tempo for reps on the bike. I didn’t have space in the vehicle to take the bike with me so it was an early start.

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Pre-Kona Qwik-View with Top Aussie AGer Sarah Watson

Ironman Training

Qwik Kiwi: Last year you had a very successful Invictus Games, however this year instead of being at the Invictus Games you are at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. What has your season been like since the Invictus Games in Toronto? Which event did you qualify at?

Sarah Watson: After Invictus Games in 2017, I set my sights on completing an Ironman in 2018. I found myself a coach (Colin Norris – Pro Triathlete in Team ITZU) and identified a IM70.3 and an Ironman race to sign up to and set about training under my coach’s guidance. I completed an Olympic distance race in April in Lanzarote and won my age group there much to my surprise. Six weeks later, I lined up for IM 70.3 Barcelona where I placed 4th in my age group. I didn’t qualify for the World Championships, however several weeks later Ironman contacted me asking if I would like to race at the IM World Championships in Port Elizabeth based on my finish time in my category.   I took them up on the offer! Continue reading “Pre-Kona Qwik-View with Top Aussie AGer Sarah Watson”

Saturday Swim Session: Broken 400’s Will Make Big Changes To Your Swimming

Tri Swim Coach

Broken 400’s improve both your stamina and your speed. My old coach used to make the most of these sessions and they were a staple from my teenage years. This session is perfect for Ironman and Olympic distance triathletes or people doing longer Ocean Swims.
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Pre-Kona Qwik-View with Top French AGer Arnaud Selukov


Qwik Kiwi: You have had a big year taking out second place at Ultraman Canada. What events did you do to qualify for Kona?
Arnaud Selukov: I started racing 2018 at IMNZ, where I took second in 45/49 in 9:25.

Then I raced in Roth in 9:00:37   That is still haunting me and two weeks after I was runner up at the ITU long course WC in Denmark. Continue reading “Pre-Kona Qwik-View with Top French AGer Arnaud Selukov”

Pre-Kona Qwik-View with Kiwi Pro Braden Currie

Qwik Kiwi: Congratulations on qualifying for Kona again. I was on the edge of my seat last year watching the coverage of you smashing it up the Queen K!!!

Your season thus far has been very confidence building with some great results, winning Cairns with a 2:39 marathon off the bike and going well under sub-8!!!! This has been packed in there with a 2nd place at Challenge Wanaka and some great 70.3 racing. What have been the highlights of the season for you personally?

Braden Currie: It’s been a great season for me. I think you always have your highs and lows as a professional athlete. Hopefully this year the highs have out weighed the lows.

Obviously Cairns, and Wanaka was a great start to the year. First time I got to race Javier Gomez. Probably the first time I got to go head-to-head with one of the best in the world on a course I was familiar with. That was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it, but I learnt a lot from it too. Continue reading “Pre-Kona Qwik-View with Kiwi Pro Braden Currie”

Pre-Kona Qwik-View with Kiwi Pro Simon Cochrane

Simon Cochrane
Qwik Kiwi: Congratulations on qualifying for Kona as a Pro.  Your Instagram post from August that announced it was exciting to read. You’ve had a great 2018 season.  What do you think has lead to this being your breakthrough season?
Simon Cochrane: Thanks, it has been a great year. Steady progression over the last few seasons, and some solid consistent results helped get the Kona qualification. It all kicked off with a podium result in my first race of the season at Ironman Taiwan. If you didn’t race Kona the previous year, it makes it quite hard to get enough points to make the Top 50. You really need to perform at multiple races over the year to secure the slot, and I think that consistency is one of my strengths. 

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