It’s taken a while to reach the end of the 2017 season and on reflection, it’s been one of mixed results both for the people I’ve coached and for my own season.
Actually, ‘mixed’ flatters my own season.
Unwinding the season, from most recent memories, Paul ‘Bear’ Machin, just this week having been leading Deca Ironman UK during day one, came off his bike on day two, which landed him in A&E. The good news is though, his new TT bike is OK (I know you all worry about such things).
Jane’s DNF at IM Barcelona, largely attributable to her bike accident before travelling out to the race was disappointing for her but is set on a backdrop of an outstanding race in Dublin 70.3 and a solid season opener at Staffordshire 70.3. Copenhagen awaits for her in 2018.
Nicola produced a solid 3rd place at Brutal Full, backing up her performance earlier in the season at Celtman ultra triathlon.
Dan was outstanding in Hamburg, with a sub-11 Ironman debut and looking forward to carving to 10:30 in Kalmar next season (he didn’t say that, I did).
Helen, rounded out the season with an impressive ultramarathon after her excellent swim-bike at IM UK, her performance only softened by digestion issues during the run.
Jenny completed her second Ironman at UK and almost skipped through the run, with what some might consider almost too much energy….hummm. IM Nice and Col de la Madone await in 2018.
Carl ‘Team Riptide’ Jennings roared over the finish line in IMUK, having not made the swim cut-off in Lanzarote. There’s unfinished business to tend to.
Monika rounded out the season with her first middle distance race at Yorkshire Sundowner, after a tough race at the Alpe d’Huez and takes forward many of her lessons learned into 2018.
Gabi was a DNS having not travelled to Alpe d’Huez, despite winning two early season races in Lanzarote.
My last mention, goes to Tanja, the fastest, hardest working athlete on the roster. She didn’t miss a planned session all year and became German Duathlon Champion having made incredible gains in her run performance. From all the races of the season, there were no Kona age group qualifiers to touch her. Having a 20-minute lead on the bike in her qualifying race, she approached the city of Hamburg for the final time, crashing out on a railway crossing and breaking her collar bone in two places and the entire left side of her rib cage, as a result. She’s just now on the verge of being able to train again, having swum her first few strokes of freestyle.
So here we are, a week out from Kona and looking forward to the live streamed coverage of Ryf, Vesterby, Cheetham, Frodeno, Sanders and Kienle. I’ll enjoy watching the best in the world in the greatest triathlon spectacle in the world but my mind will be on a relatively unknown German and the thought of what might have been.
2018 starts here.
GI Tri Coach