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Challenge Cairns…what an amazing race put on by Challenge!

June 6th, 2011 by rebekahkeat

Yesterday I snagged a victory at Challenge Cairns,

one of the most scenic and exciting races I have ever done!

Cairns is absolutely beautiful with its own lagoon and water

park right at the finish.The city hosts some great resortsd

and hotels,and some fantstic cafe’s and coffee shops.The

locals are friendly and helpfull and really got behind the city

showing their support by lining the streets alon the finish line.

It was a picture perfect day with only a little wind and aa maximum of

30 degrees!

The swim started at Yorkeys Knob boat ramp,where we shared

the water with apparently 4 local crocs, one 4 metre one that lurks

around there but is not able to be tracked apparently!

I think this was why my swim was quite good I was swimming

scared of being last and taken by a hungry crocodile!

My poor mum was to race in the teams the last to enter the water and

all i could think of the whole swim was I hope she is going to be ok!

I exited with the lead girls,Granger and Pearson and we all

started the bike together.

We were reeled in at 60km by a charging Lester, to her credit

she had ridden solo upto the 3 of us!

I felt great on the bike and comfortable , preparing my legs

for a good marathon was all i was thinking about!This

was soon distrupted by a 5 min penatly( no more chatting to Belinda during a race)!!

I hammered back from Yorkeys Knob after sitting for 5 minutes and

came into transition only 245 min down, making upover 2 min

over my last 60km.

Onto the run and I thought of my twin sister being out

there with her arm stitched and a torn calf,so i told myself

‘harden up’as I passed Bel and Lester.

The run was a tough 19.5 km stretch along the bare Highway

with no shade and not many spectators.Once in town for the 3 loops

though it was amazing.The crowd support and that from my

family and friends got me home in first place.

Thanks so much to Challenge for a fabulous event once agin.

Thansk to USM-Geoff and Lisa and especially thanks to Felix!

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Megaburn is the way to go!

June 3rd, 2011 by rebekahkeat

I wanted to let all of you know I am using my special race nutrition on Sunday Megaburn Electrolyte and bars.’
I have used them since 2006 and love them.
So loaded up my bike and run bags with lots of choc cherry bars

and my bottles are full of orange Ammo!!

Megaburns focus is developing Natural Nutrition that delivers a healthy approach to your well being. The products are made with all natural ingredients including strawberries, bananas, almonds, kiwi, coconut, pumpkins seeds, grapes, honey, carrots, Brazil nuts, papaya, sesame seeds, apples, raisins and cashews. They are good for you and also taste great.
They contain ‘bio active’ food components derived from natural resources such as calcium, folic acid, and plant sterols that are considered to assist in good health. Products also contain a range of gluten and dairy free items, as well as having beneficial bacteria such as multi strain lactobacillus, which helps with nutrient absorption, increasing the production of vitamins, and increasing the resistance to disease.

Check out there amazing products on www.megaburn.com.au

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Busselton 70.3

May 10th, 2011 by rebekahkeat

So just two days ago I officially kicked off my season with the Busso Half.Busselton is a beautiful little town 3 hours south of Perth, with with surrounding areas along the Margaret river, known for it’s famous wineries and the famous surf break!
After no races for 5 months I was so excited to be racing, and also very grateful that I could even toe the start line!
Unfortunately two weeks ago I was taken out by a distracted driver! The driver decided to do a right hand turn in front of me, whilst I was riding at 35km/hr! I hit the windscreen with my head and My right shoulder snapped his side mirror off!
I consider myself so lucky that I didn’t break anything ,just had sever headaches and concussion!Brett says it may ” knock some sense into me” !
So back to my first race, Brett wasn’t too keen on the idea with my head still hurting and my right arm I could barely swim!
Having to sit out Port Mac 70.3 that previous wknd because of my crash I wasn’t going to miss out on Busso!
My swim was ok and I exited in 3rd not far off the leader, the three top women and string riders formed on the bike with myself Belinda Granger and Jo Lawn!
Off the bike I was 3 min down running just infront of Jo, by 7 km had took the lead and had around 30 seconds feeling strong!
By 10 km Jo had passed me and I didn’t have much in the tank I had gone out so hard to gap th and get a lead knowing the two weeks off would show at the back end of my race!
Unfortunately I didn’t win but it was very close with the top three myself and Belinda !
Thanks to WTC for a fantastic event and congrats to the other two ” old birds ” for pushing me! Who says you get slower as you get older? Jo Lawn at 37years young did a pb on the race 4:13 and In the run 1:22 and I still managed a 415!
Not a bad start to the season to get a podium but I hate loosing so I dont want to make a habit of it!

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Introducing Emerson da Rosa

April 27th, 2011 by rebekahkeat

I have a great group of athletes I am now coaching, I have already introduced my little champion Fiorella DCroz afew posts ago and now a quick update on her progression.

Fiorella has been with me for a few months now,and we have worked extremely hard!She has pushed her limits and completed sessions I knew she was capable of, but she didnt just complete them she attacked them!

This attitude is what I truly love,all coaches would, an athlete that has mongrel and determination to give it a good shot even if you might die doing so( ok we dont want you to die;0)!

We started the program with quite alot of quality running, as this was her weakness and she has been in the sport for a long time.Fiorellas’ speeds over the 3 min intervals (800 metres) and down to the 200′s were solid but not incredibly fast.We have been working on this ,flogging the treadmill and the track and I am happy to announce(and perhaps brag a lilttle) that she has gone from doing 14-15km an hour for her 3min efforts to an incredible 17km/hr and her 200 splits are scaring me now,  at as she is now running as fast as me 36 seconds! 

I  cant give too much away to her competitors but lets just say her run leg which was possibly her weak link,has been turned around I believe and give us another 3-4 months it will be her strength!Keep up the great work girl!!(p.s by the way she says her swimming is ‘not great’ as she is only doing 1min 13 for her 100′s…hmmmm i wont tell her my splits then ;0)

Now onto another champion athete my gun age group male Mr Emerson da Rosa from Brazil.

Emerson started triathlon in 2000 and has progressed to Ironman as his main focus distance, whilst still being competitive in the shorter races.

To give you a bit more insight into my athlete I asked him afew quick questions :

1) Why did you start triathlon, who inspires you as an athlete? 
I was a Brazilian Air Force soldier back in 1998 when I decided to learn how to swim. My first swimming teacher was a triathlete and for many times we talked about triathlon races, ironman, etc. One of my colleagues at the Air Force’s colleague used to race and I started going to the races with him as a supported. The problem is that I got very excited with that and decided to buy a road bike (a chrome Moser size 61!). Soon after that, I started training triathlon with my swimming teacher. Since then, I have raced 6 Ironman and several shorter triathlons and I have no plans to retire!!
Craig Alexander, for me, is an example as a great athlete and family person. He is my inspiration!
2)What was your first triathlon and how did you go?
My first race was the first sprint triathlon of the 2000′s state championship season and it was held in a beautiful beach in south Brazil. However, it turned out to be a duathlon as the swimming part was cancelled because it was too foggy over the sea. 
So my first real triathlon was two months later, in my hometown. It was a tough sprint  triathlon race with choppy water in the river and I struggled a lot to finish the swim. After T1, the rest of race was quite good with some wind in the bike course and hot weather in the run. As I had to be rescued while swimming an open water race there just a couple of months before, that race was a big landmark in my career as an age group triathlete: the day I lost the fear of swimming in open water.
3)What was the best race you have ever done since starting in 2000?
Geelong 70.3, 2009.
4)For all the beginners what is your best training tip for triathlon?
Train specifically, listen your coach and respect your body.
5)What is your favorite training session?
Running hill repeats. 10x1min (around 15% inclined) back jogging as a rest.
6)If you could choose to be a professional triathlete or hollywood celebrity what would you choose?
A professional triathlete for sure!
7)Macca or Crowie? 
Crowie
8) Rinny or Chrissy? 
Rinny
9) Red wine or Beer? 
Red wine, a Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon.
10) Carbs or Protein? 
Both!

                                                                                                      

Emerson competing in Mooloolaba triathlon only a few weeks ago, and after he finished looking as fresh as a daisy…that is why I say he is built for Ironman ;) !!!

I will update you with Emersons progress soon, as that has also been pretty amazing.We are building towards our 2010 goal Challenge Cairns in 6 weeks, and I assure you he will be ready!

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Krabi Camp wrap up!

April 6th, 2011 by rebekahkeat

Its been a great but also testing four weeks here in Thailand.I am heading home today back to the beautiful Burleigh with some fond and not so fond memories.

SOME OF MY MEMORABLE MOMENTS on TeamTBB camp:

Sleeping in until around 615am every morning as opposed to my 5am swim session back home..yuk!

Having the best training partners in the world,Zena for my floggings on the run and Taco for keeping me there!James and all the boys for towing me around most of the time on the bike!Swiss boys (and Zena ..du bis me starn)for teaching me some Swiss words to use on Brett ;) .Jodie for just being the adorable human being she is,and Nic for trying to smile despite having the worst luck ever!

Getting to know all the ‘Newbies’ like MB as crazy as she sis she is great fun and a little machine!Ze Germans for ..being German..always entertaining!;)..even when NOT! ;) Danny boy our new very likeable teamy, great hot spa buddy,in a very plutonic way!

 Scottie ,Steve and Mr Andreas for being quiet ‘floor mates’..was nice to have some  company up on the 4th floor!The ‘Dugong’ for making us laugh at the pool! hihi (who actually can eat more than any other girl,despite being about as lean as she can get …here is proof)

The nice man at the bike shop who would turn his fan on for me and put Jason Miraz on the cd player while I sat there as he worked on my bike!The lovely couple at our smoothie shop that spoke broken english, and told me he was lucky to get one customer a day!We made sure we visited every day to keep his business going.  

The daily walk by of the elephants right past our front door, and the entertaining girl puppy who had us all in doting over her, as she was so adorable!May for doting over us and taking us everywhere in her SUV!

The little Tawanthai restuarant for cooking around 20 meals every night, I was addidcted to the Mussumam Chicken Curry,it was amazing!

Brett’s crazy stories about athletes, camps and journeys he had endured in his years of coaching, never a dull moment.I had afew good stories to tell too…nothing like a big feed of meat!;)

SOME OF MY NOT SO MEMORABLE MOMENTS on TeamTBB camp :

Falling down the marble slate very hard floors,whsih were very wet and slippery when it rained.Actually form the 4th floor its alot more dangerous,I managed to fall not once, not twice but three times!(dont laugh james it was the stairs Nic will vouch for that!)The third time i smacked my arm really hard and wacked my leg right on the corner of the step, grabbing the rail pulling my arm socket out and twisting my back! 

The rain, rain, rain …it came down in buckets and didnt stop for about a week!Every ride was wet muddy and flilthy clothes and bikes evrey time!We were all sick of washing our clothes and bikes of the red mud that stained everything!Thankgod i didnt get my new bike, pretty sure im in for new bottom bracket and afew other things!

The noises in my bedroom of two gecko’s fighting at 2am, or mosquitos biting my arms and legs in bed keeping me awake!Talking of biting things the worst case I have ever seen of sea lice, the girls were covered with millions of bites and huge rashes all over the stomachs!

Kamakazi dogs and scooter riders whilst trying to time trial, or stay with the other uber bikers.It could get very dangerous dodging pot holes, dogs and scooters, then there was the chooks and the guy grabbing Taco’s butt!

All in all I want to thank Brett for another fantastic camp, we all saw huge improvements from everyone, and have a fantastic 2011 TEAMTBB that is ready for many more podiums!

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Q & A with our 70.3 World Champion Jodie Swallow…….

April 1st, 2011 by rebekahkeat
Q;How much extra niggle was there (if any) in races with Andrea Whitcomb after the Olympic selection “dispute”?
 
A;After the olympics in 2004 to be honest the last thing or person i was thinking about was andrea whitcombe.  The whole episode was like a bomb going off and the months, actually years after were trying to recoup my personality from the debris that the politics of the olympics caused.  I have a strong personality but I was only 21 and was getting pressure from all sides – mostly internal pressure but then having to carry the blame of a ill equiped system and bad management for the staff.  Or at least that’s what it felt like.  I actually shared a room on trips since with andrea and I like her.  The facts still remain the same – I did not race the two trials before the games in which the other girls had to make performance criteria and failed to and so was picked on the third selection race.  Everyone had a greater chance than me to race and qualify because i was in rehab with an achilles problem during the whole of 2004.
 
 Q;Most embarrassing thing to happen in race or training e.g. costume malfunction, the back-to-front aero-lid the mout / dismount that didn’t work?
A;Nationals 2002 – my foot was so cold I rode 20km with my left foot on top of the shoe because my toes couldn’t work themselves into the shoe.  probably not helped by the fact I didn’t want to stop pedaling ;)   Got the foot in eventually and won the race which was Commonwealth trials but people still bring it up.

Q;Who would you most like to beat (read CRUSH) in a race?

A;The person that finishes second…..

Q;Karaoke song choice and are you first up or require a few post-event refreshments?

A;Oh I’m a very good singer ;)   It would have to be something rocking like bad influence by pink however this song has the potential to go very off key when sang at high volume.  I am partial to post event refreshments…they help me get through the speeches at the awards because I can get very nervous.  I also think that I work real hard and deserve a party when I’ve raced well.

Q;The one thing age groupers continuously do wrong?

A;Everyone is different and we should never categorise big groups of people but I would say ‘typical’ triathletes seem to sweat the small things far too much.  In the big scheme of things  equipment improvement, timetrial bikes/wheels/bars ain’t going to make all that much difference.  Solid, hard training will.
 
 Q;If you could only have one, Olympic Gold or Kona win?
A;Which ever one I’m racing …thats an impossible choice and varies day to day.  Ironman is definately more pure in my mind but the Olympics is legendary.
Q;f you had to choose, who would it be- Fred Flintstone or Barney Rubble?
A;Neither…they are animated characters….I don’t really fancy cartoons !  Except Postman Pat for obvious reasons.
 
Q;What was the toughest race you have ever done be it a swim race, run race, or triathlon and why?
A;God these questions are impossible.  To be honest , most every big race I have ever done has been pretty grim.  That may be the answer to that age group question….age groupers often think that we find sessions or races ‘easy’ or ‘less tough’.  I hurt when I swim just as much as anyone.  I wish I could describe how much sometimes!  If your not sore after a race or think you are dying at some point in it then you’re not going hard enough.

Q;If you weren’t a pro triathlete, what do you think you’d be doing?

A;I’m not sure really.  I have been doing pro tirathlon since my first year at university – however I did always want to be a doctor – I love the human body and I love performing massage (james’s and bek’s gorgeous calves tend to help my love of this ;) ) so I would probably be in sports medicine somewhere.  If I was to do that now though I think people would find me a little unconventional as I have been moulded by my experiance in sport.

Q;Where are your favorite racing and training locations?

A; Favourite racing locations are the established races in England like London, Hyde Park, Windor and Blenheim.  They are beautiful and great races with lots of support from friends and family.  Training locations are tainted by blood, sweat and tears ;) I love South Africa….this year Port Elizabeth and before in Stellenbosch.  Leysin is probably the most effective training venue I go to.
 
Q;I noticed jodes races with mascara and eyeliner… what kind does she use? and guessing its waterproof?
A;If you noticed it it probably isn’t that effective at being waterproof haha .  It’s whatever make up I’m into at the time…but if i must say YSLmascara is the best and Estee Lauder eyepencils…try maroon for green eyes , or ‘forest writer’ for blue eyes.  I wear both as I have bluey, green eyes….haha. You make it sound like I am like Flo-Jo!
 
 
Q;whats jodes race schedule for the next few months?
A;I have had to pull from Sydney because of this sore foot that has been dragging on.  I’ll go and race a few longies in USA in May then I’ll get be fit and ready for Madrid World Series in June.  We pretty much have so much flexibility in my race calender because I race so many different distances and I like spontaneity and variety.
 
Q;With 2012 Olympics just around the corner what is her thought on having other athletes that are trying to race at the olympics on the team?  Does she enjoy being surrounded by the some of the same people that she will be racing against at the Olympics or is it just like any other race to her?
A;You can’t go through your career avoiding competition.  I believe having competitors on the team helps push everybody forward and keep our training honest.  I’d be pretty dumb to want to train with people slower than me, or to only want to train with boys.  The olympics is obviously not ‘just’ another race but it is exactly like any other race.  With exactly the same people who have exactly the same ability as in other world class race.  It is only different to those that find the capacity to delve outside their supposed ability on that given day.
 
Q;If you could date a celeb who would it be?
 A; James Cunnama haha – he’ll be mad now. No…um I wouldn’t want to date anyone who refered to themselves as a celeb…they are usually cocks.
 
Q;Who would you turn gay for? 
 A;haha there wud only be one girl for me ;) Bek .  If you insist though…Scarlet Johannson
Q;What are your favorite perfumes?
A;I have been wearing the same perfume since I was 11…eternal by Calvin Klein
 
Q;What’s her favorite part about being in Thailand?
A;I love  the kamikazi dogs
Q;How many pairs of shoes does she own?  I think she brought more pairs than I own!!!
A;I have a fair amount of shoes however Brett banned them whilst my foots getting better :(   However you girls may laugh but every single one of you that comes into my room tries them on !
Q;You did olympic distance pretty good as well. How does it change your training since you are more focussed on the longer distance?
A;It doesn’t.  Brett is good at what he does and we mix my programme up whatever distance I’m doing.  Good, hard, honest work makes medals at any distance.

Q; ” Favourite recent drug (pharmacy) purchase and why?” (- i figure it will be some kind of make-up, nail polish. :-) A;Voltaren 100mg cos it stops my foot hurting…..I don’t really get why people think its unique that a 29 year old girl wears makeup and likes clothes shopping…pretty damn normal to me!

 
Q; If you go to training, what makes you the most fun. What is your motivation? ( particular discipline, look forward to good food, the massage after training.. )
A; I just love training itself.  Its the best part of my day.  I like winding people up , I like testing myself and I like winning so training is all part and partial of doing that. 
 
Thanks Jodes…

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Fiorella Dcroz…First win for my TeamTBB coaching program!!!

March 28th, 2011 by rebekahkeat

So this year Brett and Alex asked me if I would be interested in working with TeamTBB to coach a small number of athletes.

I have already decided when I retire, (YES still a long time from now) I want to coach based from my home on the Gold Coast!

I had a long think about coaching and if I would have time, or if I wanted to start so soon, I have helped alot of traithletes with training programs already.I like to help people ,and give advise where I can. Basically I would write them something to help, and then leave them to their own devices.Most of them thought I was mad, as I would give them, what I would say was an easy prgram, but they seemed to disagree.Then I would as ‘ Do you want to be good?’That didnt always go so well!

After some time discussing with my partner,I decided it would be a great stepping stone, but I would limit myself to 5 or so athletes as I wanted to give 110% and all the time necessary.

I have 5 athletes already within the first month of becoming a coach under Teamtbb,and I have already said this is enough , as fitting in training and my athletes is a bit of a juggle!

One particular athlete is Fiorella Dcroz a Colombian Olympic Triathlete,  already a very well established professional with several Naitonal titles and an Olypmics on her resume! She is known to Brett and was lucky enough to be given an apportunity under our new elite development program.

This program is designed for the athletes to work with myself and TeamTBB  in the hope we can help them reach thier potential,and maybe even to being a member of  TeamTBB  pro’s one day!

Fiorella is one of the most pashionate and determined girls I have known,when it comes to triathlon and training she is 100% dedicated to achieveing her goals.The most imprtant thing is she trusts our program, she has 100% faith in myself( and Brett) to get her to where she wants to be, and never questions anything.

Fiorella raced her first race of the season last weekend with her National Series Cup race, having won this several times before, the pressure was on! Fiorella has worked very hard the past few weeks, working on her weaknesses and being relentless to do any less than her best! She had done the work, a great block of training and the results showed.

Fiorella taking the win at Colombia National Champs

I didnt allow a big taper, so she wasnt going in fresh!After a solid swim and strong bike she took the lead, and charged home in the run, winning her very first race of the season in style!

I am extremely proud of her and I know this is just the begining of a big future, and even possibly a spot on the team one day in the future!

Congratulations to my athlete and looking forward to more wins in the future!!!

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I just found out I am an identical twin……

March 20th, 2011 by rebekahkeat

In 1978 my mum was told she was pregnant with a baby girl , she was excited to hear the news and had my grand mother go and start knitting some baby clothes!!

Mum put on around 15kg and by 6 months she was almost bursting, telling her doctor that she feels like there may be ”two in there”, “are you sure there is only one girl, I am huge my belly looks like I am having twins”.

It was then her closest friend her doctor, who had only done a 3 month ultrasound, suggested my mum have another just to make sure!It was then at 6 months pregnancy, the doctor discovered two heart beats, mum was told ” you are having twins”.

Mum was not surprised, and it was a mad rush to have two of everything not just one, mum and Dad went out and bought two bassinets, two cots , two of everything and gran went and knitted identical outfits for all the ones she had already made!

On the 2oth Febuary 1978 my sister and I were born, I was of-course much larger around 6 pounds I think and my little sister around 5 pounds, as we were born4.5 weeks premature. Apparently I hogged all the food and my sister got me back by making sure she was delivered first.

After both of us jostling for position neither of us could get out,so my sister eventually won and was delivered around 1 minute before me via cesarian.My poor mum was in labour for 36 hours and with us fighting over who was coming out first!

I think that is why I am so competitive, from in the womb I always had my twin to compete against.Then growing up we had to make everything a competition! I remember so many times we had competitions like racing to our best friends house up the hill on our cruisers and she would always beat me, I was heavier ok!;) In the pool we had holding our breath and summer-salt comps.We would see who could hold there breath and do as many turns under water, I remember Simmy did 8 flips and came up breathless! I thought ‘I can beat that’ and did 8.5 but almost blacked out as she dragged my head out of the pool!

That was the seond time she saved my life, apparently( I dont remember) the frist was when I was 2years old, and fell face first in the sand pit and couldnt get up( I was fat ok).My sister rescued me, by pulling my hair and yanked me out of the sand pit, as mum watched in astonishment running from the kitchen!

I never seemed to win though, maybe thats why im like I am today…hating losing and trying to win every competition even if its a card game!

So back to Febuary 20 1978, the doctor told mum when we were born being so small and fragile, to take care to feed us alot and nourish our ‘little’ (haha) bodies as we were very weak.We both lived in incubators as were were born prem with a  ’hole in the heart’  (congenital heart defect – a problem with the heart’s structure that is present at birth. This change the normal flow of blood through the heart.)

I dont seem to have any problems with that obviously and neither of us are exactly small and weak!! ;)

The doctor warned mum that we would be very ‘athletic’ and we would not grow to be very strong or tall.That doctor was so wrong in many ways! 

When we were born back in the 70′s ,technology wasnt as advanced and Mum was told that were were most likley NOT identical.The general rule is identical twins share placentas and amniotic sacs.We were an odd case as we both had our own placentas, although I am sure I managed to steal some of my twins!The crazy thing was we also had one amniotic sac , but it was partially divided.Thus the doctors couldnt confirm fraternal or paternal!

The doctor analysed our situation and concluded this on our birth certificates ” It is almost 100% certain that these two babies are NOT identical twins”. So much for that conclusion!

As babies  we were 100%  identical except for the fact that I was called double decker becka,as I was always weighing in higher than my sister( haha I finally am winning on that stake now…sorry Simmy)!

I looked through all our childhood photos and until we were about 13- 14 years of age, even we cannot tell each other apart.I have to check with mum if its me in the pic…very scarey!!We also have listened to voice recordings and neither of us know who is who!

We are now 33 years old, and decided it was time to see if we really were identical! My sister sent off our saliva test to check our DNA and we nervously awaited the response neither of us knowing what the answer would be!

Who is who can you guess....I cant haha!!!

It was a long two week wait, then my twin Sister Simone called me and said “Guess what..? W e are 99.99992 % identical” . I was a little shocked as I dont really think we look that alike anymore!I guess my training for Ironman may have slightly changed my physique, and shrunk in some areas alot too!! 

Twins to be identical have to be over or above 91% identical, so it was very certain and a little scarey to think we are 99.99992%  identical.It still didnt explain one thing though(those of you close to me will know what i mean), perhaps its the 0.000008 % that deciedes this!;)

Its very cool to think I have a real identical twin, although we are  different in some ways. our personalities are not that dis-similar.Certainly our attitude to life , drive for success and dealing with adversity its something we certainly share! 

Love to mum for putting up with us all these years, and ll my love to my amazing sister Simmy- you are my identical twin and I’m proud of it ,I love you sooooo much!

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TeamTBB 2011 Sponsors

March 17th, 2011 by rebekahkeat

Thanks to the hard work of Alex Bok our team manager,TeamTBB have once again secured our fantastic sponsors for 2011.

It was a great two days getting to know our major players 2xu, Avia and Cobb saddles(Cervelo could not make it).

The photo shoot involved alot of posing but also alot of fun, it was actually very stress free unlike previous photo shoots I have done. 

                                                                                                               

The 2xu kit looks amazing and is very comfortable  Thanks Jamie for bringing all our team kit over all 280 items, huge effort and we are all excited to be working wth such a preofessional company!

John Cobb was also on our boat trip and even jumped og the roof top of the boat with fellow sponsors Shawn Frack and Jamie.It was a funny site to see, especially when our very own Alex decided to do a dive from over 10 metres high! It was great to just sit and listen to John with his wealth of knowlege and expertise with positioning and aerodynamics!Thanks John very inspiring!Ill b ordering those 165mm cranks…im sure brett will agree!

Avia have really got some wicked new colors out for 2011 with the new Bolts in black,yellow and pink and the mens an electric blue and orange,you cant miss them!Brett and the team had a great chat to Shawn Frack from Avia about product development and how we can work together to produce the best tri race flat on the market…they are not far off either!

On behalf of TeamTBB 2011 thankyou to all our sponsors!

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The best bike seat ever invented!!!!!!!!…………….

March 13th, 2011 by rebekahkeat

Let me introduce  you to the man behind Cobb saddles -John Cobb-Johns’  invaluable experience has lead him to being one of the most regarded specialists in aero dynamics and the production of cycling compenents.

For those of you that may not know,John was himself a World Champion at a sport even crazier than triathlon- Go Karting, and with this interest in motorsports , a perfect candidate for developing such great cycling products!

Now with almost 40 years experience in the world of cycling, Cobb saddles are of finest engineering qualtiy- built for both speed and comfort( we can certainly vouch for that). 

Personally I have been using the seats for over8 years, and after 14 years in the sport it is very important to be comfortable, so knowing i can rely on a saddle for my Ironman races is a big relief! My choice is the Max as its exremely comfortable even in Time trial position, comfort is very hard to find especially for 5 hours straight!

Max

There are some fantastic products on the narket some designed specifically for time trial or long distance racing, and some for shorter type road racing.Both offer men’s and womens specifically to suit what type of racing or riding you are doing.( http://www.cobbcycling.com/cart/Seats_C1.cfm )

Here is a quick breakdown of the V-flow :

Under seat Airflow management for improved chamois ventilation.Specially formulated memory foam for all day comfort and to maintain blood flow. Molded in, seat base design to help cradle and hold the rider, relieving lower back pain. Saddle covering, selected to last for those long rides and work with any bike shorts. Relief design to help eliminate numbness. 

TeamTBB are extremely happy to be working with Cobb Cycling and all of us are very happy with the comfort factor, the look and the weight.Of course we need not worry about the aerodynamics as John as also has over 1000 hours of wind tunnel testing under his belt!

Thanks John for such a fantastic product!

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