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9 April 2014

Words with Wilson - Auckland


Evening friends, 

Well, much like a long jumper training in a field of trenches, I found myself jumping across the ditch again to New Zealand on the weekend for the World Triathlon Series opener in Auckland. World Series races are of significant consequence at the best of times, and this one had the ancillary importance of being a significant race in the bid for selection for the Commonwealth Games. 

A top class field and a bike course of remarkable topographical significance, meant that this race was likely to deal out more pain than a dentist with Parkinson's. As such stems were preparing to be chewed, faces being prepped to scowl, and bombs of lactate hopefully being set to weather. 
 
I started out with a pretty good swim, and was just off the back of Gomez et al once we hit terrestrial transport, and ripped some serious turns early with Frenchman Vincent Luis to get to the front by the first of the hills. This meant I hit the first of the hills with enough lactate in the legs to kill a medium sized horse, but having successfully negotiated the first lap on the bike, I was able to settle into a decent rhythm, as our front group of around 12 grafted out a decent sized gap over the main bunch. Impressively, in a superlative display on two wheels, Tom Davidson bridged up to our group along with the impressively mustached Declan WIlson and Ryan Sissons. It’s a little known fact that TD can pedal enough watts to power a medium sized town for up to a week, and the New Zealand Prime Minister has TD’s number on speed dial should he be required to help out a power failure at short notice. Shout-out should also go to Johnny Brownlee for correcting my lamentable arithmetic, and preventing me the career-ending embarrassment of dismounting the bike a lap early. 




Once on the run, and Brownlee and Gomez clearly had somewhere else to be, and excused themselves from company, leaving myself, Royle and Bailie to have an all- Aussie, good-old-fashioned-running-duel for third. Running together until about 100m to go, notorious sprint-merchant Royle dropped a bomb on us that I couldn’t match, but managed to stay ahead of Bailie to snare 4th, my best WTS result to date, and hopefully a strong performance to show the selectors for the Commonwealth Games team. It was a really satisfying race, and to go 3-4-5 with the other Aussie lads made it a truly special day. Thanks for all the cheering on course, and to the many who’ve sent me messages since the race, I really appreciate the kind words - consider the cockles of my heart appositely warmed. 
From here, it’s back to Brissie to continue training for my next race, the WTS Yokohama, and to wait the decision of the selectors, who will name the Commonwealth Games team towards the end of next week. 
Take care friends,
Willy. 


WTS Auckland 2014 with Conor Murphy

7 April 2014
22nd WTS debut Auckland

After 2 mediocre results in the first two World Cup Sprint races of the season (Mooloolaba & New Plymouth) I had a solid result at my WTS debut in Auckland over Olympic distance, finishing in 22nd place.  This was the most competitive triathlon race I've raced with few of the top 50 guys in the world missing from the start line.

ITU Results
Results

Elite Men Highlights
Highlights

I had worked hard on my biking whilst staying in New Plymouth with my home stay hosts, (Merv, Jo, Liam, Sam, who were awesome and really helped me prepare well for Auckland).  I was in New Plymouth for 2 and a half weeks, the training was great and there were plenty of hilly bike rides to prep on for the savage course in New Plymouth.

Auckland is a cool city, I arrived 4 days prior to the race, staying in a city centre location, it felt like we were risking our lives every time we went out training, super busy traffic for biking and lots of hassle and bustle on streets so runs were never really that productive, so apart from race prep I spent a lot of time resting up in my hotel room or in the coffee shop opposite my hotel.

Race day and the start time was 3.30pm, so there is a lot of morning waiting around with your feet up until 1pm when warm up starts and I start to tunnel vision focus in on the race.  I have a well worked out pre race routine by now so it's just a pre race process that works for me... Run warm up round bike course, get all kit together, drop it all at athletes lounge, bike warm up, set up transition, swim warm up, athlete introduction, start line, gun goes bang, race on.

Auckland was obviously a much bigger race than I'd ever done before and the atmosphere was electric pre race, so it was important to stay calm and not waste adrenaline hits on the carnival atmosphere pre race, I managed this well.

SWIM
After two poor swims in the first races of the season, I had a relatively up eventful two lap 1,500m swim, not beaten up too much, 40 secs down on first guys out of the water not a disaster.  I had a fairly swift transition so I was in the middle of the chase pack at the beginning of the bike.

BIKE
Auckland has arguably the hardest bike leg of all the WTS races, 40km (8*5km laps) of city centre criterium racing over cobble sections, with 3 fairly savage hills per lap and 3 "U" turns per lap, the chase pack I was in held the 45 sec gap for the first 5 laps then the lead pack put the hammers down for the last 3 laps and opened the gap to nearly two mins!  The racing was fast and frantic and it was important to stay focused at all times as there was a high potential for crashes.  Thankfully most of us stayed upright.  I hydrated well and got good fuel on board, important given the high energy exertions on the hard bike ride to run solidly.

RUN
As we approached T2 the the end of the bike I felt strong, got myself into a good position coming into T2 and again had a swift transition.  The 10km run was still hot (27 degrees on race day). So it was important I kept the body temperature down, I got water over my head at each aid station.  The 10km run was 4 flat laps of the city centre.  I went out onto the run conservatively, hard but not unsustainable and built speed throughout the 10km.  I had a good solid run and over took a fair few guys who went out way too hard, my last run lap of 2.5km was potentially my fastest, which is good pacing.

So a good hit out for my first WTS debut at 22nd.  I'm currently at 38,000ft above the sea north of Australia on a 55hr door to door journey to Ireland.  I'll have a few days in Ireland for recovery the a solid 10 day training block then onto Cape Town, South Africa, for the 2nd round of the WTS  on 27th April.

2 April 2014

Zone3 excited to announce partnership with Ironman Copenhagen winner Jens Peterson-Bach

Zone3 are thrilled to announce the sponsorship of Jens Peterson-Bach; top long-course triathlete and 2013 Ironman Copenhagen winner.


For the top triathletes in the world the quest for high-level equipment is essential and it starts with the swim. Peterson-Bach enters the year with excitement and confidence and is looking forward to notching up personal best swim times in 2014, wearing the Zone3 Victory D wetsuit http://www.racezone3.com/products/male-wetsuits/men-s-victory-d-wetsuit.html
 
2014 marks an exciting year for Peterson-Bach as he seeks to build on his performances and ultimately put in his best performance to date at the season finale in Kona. As Peterson Bach says:
“I had my break-through season last year and the plan is to develop as an athlete in 2014. I have a few big races throughout the year but the main goal for me is qualifying for Kona and ultimately putting in a top 10 performance. With the Victory D I believe I have the fastest wetsuit available to achieve this and have a great year!

His excitement and optimism comes following a great season in 2013 where he won the Ironman event in his native Copenhagen and put in a great race to podium at Ironman Arizona, along with a number of other successful finishes globally. After some downtime and a great winter of uninterrupted training, the Dane is certainly one to watch out for this year.

Zone3 founder and CEO, James Lock, shares Peterson-Bach’s excitement:

“We are incredibly excited to welcome Jens to the Zone3 team for 2014. In a way, the rise of Jens is similar to Zone3 as a whole, in that he has worked really hard over a number of years but is now starting to achieve incredible results. He has our full support and we are excited to see how he goes in 2014”.

Zone3 products are now available in Denmark’s leading triathlon stores and in over 15 countries worldwide. To find out more about Zone3 and where to buy follow http://www.racezone3.com/find-zone3


4 February 2014

It's Show Time

After a wet January that seemed never ending the 2014 Triathlon season is almost upon us but not before "Show Season".

February/March sees us attending the three big Triathlon shows:
1. The Triathlon Plus Show - London ExCeL - 13th - 16th February
2. The Triathlon Show - Sandown Park - 28th February - 2nd March
3. The Bike and Tri Show - Manchester Central - 8th - 9th March

So if you are heading along to any of these events be sure to pop over to our stands for a chat.  The Triathlon Show will be the official launch of our 2014 range but for those of you attending the Triathlon Plus Show there may well be a sneak peak available of our 2014 range if you ask nicely!

The Triathlon Plus Show at ExCeL London will also provide a great opportunity to pick up some bargain kit from our remaining 2013 stock, so if you are looking for an extra wetsuit for training or are doing your first triathlon this year and on a budget with your first set of kit come and have a chat about kit selection.

The Triathlon Show will be the Official launch of our 2014 range where you will be able to see and purchase all the new kit for 2014.  We will also have some of our sponsored athletes on our stand s if you're looking to pick up some great tips on kit and technique come and speak to the guys and girls who make a living out of racing.

The Bike and Tri Show in Manchester will be the launch of our 2014 range for all those who aren't able to get down to Surrey for the Triathlon Show the week before.  This will be our first visit to the Manchester Show and we are very much looking forward to meeting our Northern based customers.

We hope to see as many of you as we can over the course of the three shows, so come and say hello, have a chat, ask questions and enter the competitions that we will be running with some cracking prizes on offer.

In the meantime keep up the winter training regime, it'll soon be race time.

30 January 2014

Zone3 Partners London and Blenheim Triathlons

Zone3, known for their high performance wetsuits, tri clothing and accessories has signed a three year deal to be the official swim partner of the London Triathlon, the World’s biggest Triathlon event, and the Blenheim Triathlon, known as the UK’s triathlon season opener and best event for first timers.
With over 13,000 participants at the London Triathlon and over 7,000 at the Blenheim Palace Triathlon the association with these events, through organisers IMG Challenger World, will generate fantastic exposure for Zone3 which is one of the fastest growing tri brands in Europe and the US. Zone3 has always been the choice of athletes in the know however, this sponsorship deal will help to open the brand up to the new entrants in the market who choose the two iconic events as their first ever triathlon.
IMG Challenger World always aim to give participants the best triathlon experience possible in the hope that they ‘catch the bug’ and continue to race triathlons for years to come. However, it is not only novices who enter these events but also a large proportion of the best elite and amateur athletes in the UK and overseas.
James Lock, the owner of Zone3, has taken part in both the elite races at both events on a number of occasions and knows each race very well. He will be using this experience to offer athletes weekly training tips and advice. The whole Zone3 team will also be on hand to offer their product knowledge to ensure that everyone is well prepared.
James Lock comments:
“It is fantastic to be supporting the two biggest triathlon events in the UK and the biggest triathlon in the world.. We have always been committed to the grass roots of the sport and this is a priority in our business plan. Five years ago when I first launched the brand, I could never have imagined partnering with an event such as the London Triathlon so it make me feel very proud and grateful to all of our loyal customers who have helped us get to this position. We are continuing to focus all of our efforts on making the best products possible and can’t wait to launch our 2014 range.”
James Robinson, IMG Challenger World Managing Director said: “;We are thrilled to be entering into a partnership with such an inspirational British wetsuit brand. Zone 3 has fantastic credentials and a history which shows hard work and dedication, something which links very well to our events and participants.”
For more information on Zone3 and to have a read up on how the experts have rated their products over the last few years please see: www.RaceZone3.com/Reviews
For more information on entering the London or Blenheim Triathlons please see: www.thelondontriathlon.co.uk or www.theblenheimtriathlon.com