What a massive week it has been for Thrive Endurance. It was the weekend of couples that Thrive with the 1st running of Tasmania 70.3, Round 6 qld tri series at Caloundra and the Cadel Evens ride. As well as our normal racing results we also have the exciting news that Thrive Endurance coach Jason Shields has taken his spot at the Ironman World Championships at Nice as well as transitioning to Full time coaching.
The biggest news to come out of Thrive Endurance HQ this week is that Jason Shields after 22 years managing a large Apple farm which he was voted the farmer of the year in 2019. He has decided to take the leap and transition into Full Time coaching for Thrive Endurance. Jason has been very successful juggling the management of a large company with over 100 employees as well training, racing and coaching at a high level for over 10 years. Jason decided last week when accepting his spot to Ironman World Championships at Nice that he was going to chase his dream and focus on his Coaching/Training and growing the Thrive Endurance community. If you are looking for a coach that understands managing your work/life/training balance I'm not sure there is anyone more qualified going around.
We saw the Queensland tri series race 6 which doubled as the Queensland sprint state title. Our Qld based coaches Chris and Sarah Pye took the start line. With hot and humid conditions the racing was just as hot with a state title up for grab. Chris Pye had a monstering bike split avg 43km/h and a solid run which was still only good enough to pick up 5th place. It was Sarah's 1st race back for a while as she concentrates on getting ready for Mooloolaba Tri in March.
Tasmania held its inaugural 70.3 in Hobart where the conditions on the saturday were cool and wet and for some nervous with the inclusion on the new technical bike course with windy road and hilly descents. Come Sunday morning the weather was a treat with a nice day for racing. We saw the battle of the Leigh family with Sarah and Bryce taking to the new course. At the end of the day both had a great day out with Bryce getting the better of Sarah in the end.
The previous weekend saw the Cadel Evans 125km Peoples Ride as a precursor of the main event. Simon Mason took on the challenge on what looked like an awesome day out on the bike. The course took in some of the tough climbs that the road race would later have to undergo.
Qld Tri Series Race 6 Caloundra sprint state champs
Chris Pye 1:03:02 5th 35-39
Sarah Pye 1:19:41 11th 40-44
Bryce Leigh 5:11:47 15th 40-44
Sarah Leigh 5:18:57 4th 35-39