International Weekend Round-Up

With racing in Costa Rica and Australia, we round-up the action from Team Ireland this past weekend.

Russell White - Tokyo Test Event 2019_Run
Tokyo Olympic Test Event 2019

White fifth in Costa Rica

Continuing his quest to secure Olympic qualification, Russell White followed up tenth in Cuba last week with a fifth place at the Playa Hermosa Panamerican Cup. Read how Russell's race panned out in his report below.

"After a very eventful race in Cuba last weekend I travelled directly to Playa Hermosa in Costa Rica to be ready for this weekend’s outing.

It was a challenging week, even though Costa Rica was a beautiful location to punch in a week, with great roads and beautiful bays to swim in; the temperatures meant training had to be done very early or very late at night with temperatures sitting around 35*C from 8am- 6pm. 

Thankfully my race started at 6:30am, great to avoid the heat of the day, but required a 3:30 wake up. 

Russell White_Karlovy Vary 2019 Bike
Pictured at Karlovy Vary ITU World Cup 2019

A tough & honest course

The course was tough and honest across the board which was great to see as some Continental Cups can tend to be very unimaginative. 

I had a strong swim sitting near the front for the duration, but unfortunately the swim wasn’t stretched out and the pace wasn’t on for the second half. As we turned around to head back to shore the low rising sun caused visibility to be extremely hard and I wasn’t prepared to put my neck on the line and dictate swim direction after my experience last weekend in Cuba. 

This resulted in all the main contenders being together leaving the water and then having to negotiate probably the hardest swim exit I have ever experienced; a 350m 4-6% incline from the water until we reached our bikes. 

Safely onto the bike and it was all about conserving energy and marking moves with some 8% rolling inclines and dead turns; just had to ride smart. Thankfully completed without much drama (I did drop my chain on one uphill section but it didn’t cause much problems). 

I was focused on getting a good T2 as this had let me down recently, even at the back end of last season, but I can say that this was one process goal ticked off. I left T2 in second place straight into a 400m downhill to start the bike, which wasn’t the nicest on the legs straight off the bike. 

After lap one, a front trio established a gap and I was left battling for 4/5th holding off those behind. 

I continued to run strong but lost the battle for 4th on the uphill finish. 

All in all a solid performance that I am proud of, especially putting a solid run together. I had an excellent winter running but unfortunately battled a few niggles which hindered thing leading into these races so I was pleased to see signs of my run legs returning.

Now looking forward to a month long stint in Florida with more racing and some training thrown in to keep everything ticking over."

shaw starts season at devonport

Ben Shaw made a start to his 2020 season on Saturday with 21st at the Devonport OTU Sprint Triathlon Oceania Cup. View the results on triathlon.org

Ben Shaw_WTS Montreal 2019
Pictured at WTS Montreal 2019

2020 Devonport ITU World Paratriathlon Series

In the first race of the 2020 World Paratriathlon Series, Mark Millar took to the start line in Devonport on Saturday afternoon. His debut race at this level, Millar picked up valuable experience in a stacked field as he heads into the 2020 season.

View results on triathlon.org.

Mark Millar_WPS Devonport 2020