The ITU WCS kicks off in Sydney

The ITU World Championship Series kicked off in Sydney over the weekend. It was a good chance to see who had early season form. Those who have already qualified for London 2012 were never going to be at the top of their game but there are still a large number of triathletes trying to pick up final qualification points.

Both the men’s and women’s races were closely fought. Erin Densham from Australia looked very strong and certainly had the run speed over the rest of the women’s field. She pulled away from Andrea Hewitt (NZL) and Helen Jenkins (GB) in the final stages of the run. In the men’s race it came down to just three athletes in the final stages of the run. Stefan Justus (Ger) took the win followed by Richard Murray (SA) and Laurent Vidal (FRA). You can watch video highlights of the women’s and the men’s races by clicking on the links.

Just a reminder that we have a couple of experts in to discuss transition training and planning your own training program after training. Karl and I will be giving you the low down at The Pub on the Park at 10:30am. Speaking of training, this week’s swim session will be a mix of steady and hard efforts for the high volume group and some negative splits for the low volume group. We will of course be throwing in some technique and open water skills so bring your fins and pull buoy. The run session will have one group heading out for a tempo run and another working on technique and high intensity intervals.

Oh by the way, if you have not read Chrissie Wellington’s autobiography you should. It was recently given 10/10 by Triathlete Europe. I have also read the book and it is a fantastic read. She is very open and honest about all things, from ablutions to anorexia and there are some very interesting comments about Brett Sutton’s coaching methods. A Life Without Limits is seriously good reading and not just for those long distance junkies.

Bring your wet weather kit we could be in for some down pours! Tim (LFTC Coach).