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Early start in 2013 – IRONMAN 70.3 Auckland

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Last weekend I started my season 2013 with the unique Ironman 70.3 in Auckland NZ. Maybe a little bit earlier than originally planned but how can I resist, you dont get the chance every day to ride across the famous “Auckland Harbour Bridge” with you bike. I truly like to say, to organize this race in middle of Auckland City is just a remarkable effort of the organisers. Like to thank you for all your help and support before, during and after the race.

Racestart at 6.30 at the Auckland Harbour: catched a great start, swam in a group of 4 together with Bella, Liz and Meredith before I had to let them go. I leave the water 1min15 back in 4th position, made my way pertty quick through T1 and start my mission on the bike towards the front. I passed Meredith on the Harbour Bridge and Liz few km later. I said: “ok, now there is Bella at the front. I know the former ITU champ can ride a bike but how fast can she ride 90km?” I worked hard and never had a doubt I would not catch her. Back in T2 and still 2min back I know how strong she can ride. I started my run, felt terrible as usual the first few km befor I found my own pace and rhythm. Bella looked strong at the front and Melissa behind me was flying too. “Stay focused” I told myself. After 1 of 2 loops I start to pick up my pace again and felt way better than when I started. I saw now, there was nothing to do or beeing worrie about, considering the ranking, nevertheless I wanna make sure I`m racing hard to get at least a great training out of this race.

Finished in 2nd place in a great woman field and I`m happy with that. I think this race showed me I`m heading in the right direction. Will keep working hard and do the race at Abu Dhabi, I should be ready for IM Melbourne end of march.

Thank you to my teamTBB and all my sponsors – let’s rock 2013 together (queen – don’t stop me now)

Noosa News http://www.noosanews.com.au/news/steffen-second-at-auckland-tri/1724315/

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Women
1. Annabel Luxford (AUS) 4:19:19
2. Caroline Steffen (SUI) 4:25:16
3. Meredith Kessler (USA) 4:29:25
4. Sarah Crowley (AUS) 4:32:06
5. Anna Ross (NZL) 4:34:26

Alaska Team TBB Philippines Scholar – Part3

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Catching up with our team TBB Philippines scholar Banjo

1- Whats changed most in your life since you train with ALASKA Milk Team TBB Philippines?
Banjo Norte: I train myself hard without coach watching. I look forward for reaching my goal in life

2- How is it to work together with coach Matt?
Banjo: My experience with coach Matt is not being a coach he also fell like a brother to me

3- What’s your strengths, what’s your weakness?
Banjo: My strength is my family.My weakness is also my family.

4- What impressed you most this year?
Banjo: My year 2012 is the best for me because I’ve been a part of the Alaska Team TBB Philippines

5- Your funniest race experience this year?
Banjo: My funniest race experience it was happened in Cebu70.3 because it was my first time to join the race.

Results Banjo:
- 7th Philippino Elite Cebu 70.3
- 3rd Overall CDO Off road Triathlon
- 1st AG 5i50
- 1st Overall NAGT CDO
- 1st Overall White Rock Half IM
- 2nd Overall Davao Sprint

Opinion of coach Mathieu O`Halloran:
Banjo is our top scholar as well to being our most under privilege. He almost broke 2 hours for the Olympic Distance this summer. Was first Filippino Elite our of the water in Cebu 70.3 and won White Rock Half Ironman in 4h46. Hes weakness is the swim, his bike leg is strong and running is natural to
him. Appears to have superior stamina than his peers. As well to a placid personally. Slowly but surely, hes warming up and getting more confident as the results come!