DINNER, AGM, TRIATHLON CAMP – DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

BTA 2017 Annual Awards & Prize Giving Dinner
Date: Saturday January 20th, 2018
Location: Fourways Inn
Start Time: TBD
Ticket Price: $65 Adults / $30 Children Under 12
Please mark your calendars and save the date for our ‘Annual’ Awards and Prize Giving Dinner.
Expect an evening of entertainment and enlightenment with special guests.. Tyler and Jim Butterfield discussing Hawaii Ironman’81 and Hawaii Ironman 2015,’16,’17…”the more things change, the more they stay the same !!”
BTA 2017 Annual General Meeting
Date: Monday February 5th, 2018
Location: BBA Clubhouse, Woodlands Road
Time: 5:45pm
Please mark your calendars and save the date for our AGM.
All members welcome to come and vote and hear what’s in store for 2018.
Food and drinks will be provided.
Annual Blake Neill Camp
Date: February 24th, 2018
The ever popular Blake Neil Camp is happening again, so mark your calendars and save the week of February 24th, 2018.
Full details will follow in upcoming Newsletters.

Liz Stewart and Steve O’Reilly race report from Cartagena Ironman 70.3

 

Cartagena ironman 70.3 medal

Liz stewart cartagena 2017
Liz on the bike at Cartagena Ironman 703 in Colombia this past weekend

Liz Stewart (45-49) : 6hrs 28 mins 15 secs – 9th out of 17 in age group –  43:22 swim (3rd fastest in age group), bike 3:23:17, run 2:12:01.

Steve OReilly Cartagena 2017
Cartagena Ironman 70.3 – Steve on the run

Steve O’Reilly (50-54) : 5 hrs 47 min 23 sec –  17th out of 85 in age group – 43:48 swim, 2:54:50 bike, 2:02:27 run.

Steve’s report ( with some editing) :

Swim was hard as I wrestled with about half of the 85 other men in my wave like eels in a bucket for most of the 1900 m.

Bike was okay. Hilly and windy out but a bit of sightseeing on the way in. Mostly a regular highway of occasional white knuckling quality with lots of bike drafting officials out and about but saw no penalties given. There was space to ride and respectful athletes of all ability levels.

The mid day sun is a heat lamp at 10 degrees North of the equator. Thankfully the old city streets of the walled city of Cartagena have shady sections which were a huge relief for the run course . But the race organisation was super with lots of water stops with sponges and ice as well as the usual drinks.

I was happy to finish with a decent placing but questioning whether these hot country races are for me. The South Americans seem unphased by the heat.

Liz had a great run and good swim (3rd in her AG!) but didn’t enjoy the bike so much owing to some cramping issues. (She did loosely try to say it was the new electrolytes I did for her !).

Fantastic place for a holiday. Colombians are lovely people and the food  is off the chain amazing! Lots of flights from the US and quite unlike some other less appealing parts of Latin America  of which I have visited quite a few.