HIGH PERFORMANCE JUNIOR TRIATHLON SQUAD FORMED

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Local triathlon, running and cycling apparel company WYN REPUBLIC, owned operated by Ironman and Ironman 70.3 Champion Triathletes, Beth and Luke McKenzie, has partnered with RACE PACE COACHING to form a local Junior High Performance Triathlon Squad.
The three founding members of the squad are all young local athletes that have been part of Race Pace Coaching for around 4 years. The athletes are Alexa Leary 17,(Noosaville) Harry Ladd 16 (Coorooibah), and Chloe McLennan 16 (Tewantin). All three have performed impressively in State, National and International Competition and have earned their position in the squad through not only excellent results but consistent effort in training over an extended period.
Alexa is current Age Champion for the Noosa Triathlon, Harry is current State Champion in Age for Triathlon and Off Road Triathlon. Chloe is current World Age Group Champion and also State Champion.
The squad formation has been the vision of three generations of the McKenzie family and is in a sense in honour of the contribution of recently deceased family member, Melva McKenzie, who made a life-long contribution to seeking funding and opportunity for sport and in particular junior sport in the Coff's Harbour area. Melva was a Peregian Springs resident up until her recent passing and in her later life became a keen triathlon supporter.
Luke McKenzie and sister Jacque were part of the inaugural AIS Triathlon squad and are well acquainted with Junior development having been through that system as athletes. Jacque is now a coach at Race Pace Coaching, along with her father Peter. Both are Triathlon Australia Performance ( level2 ) coaches and are heavily involved in junior development and operate a squad locally for both adults and juniors of all ages and abilities, based in Tewantin and Peregian.
Luke McKenzie has had a long, successful career of 20 years as a professional triathlete and has been on hand to provide some valuable mentoring for the squad ahead of coming competition. He and wife Beth, whilst still racing, are both relishing the opportunity to support home-grown junior athletes through this squad and to bring forward the next generation of Australian triathletes. The brand WYN REPUBLIC is a very high quality product and is an excellent match for athletes who are wanting to look smart and perform at their best.
It is anticipated that other members will be added to this squad over time, as they transition to the age for Junior Elite and performance standards are reached. The focus is on a specific age group 16-23yrs, and its members will be competitive at the highest National Junior Level. The intent is to support athletes through the Junior Elite Pathway that leads to National selection up to Under 23yrs and ultimately towards a professional career in the sport.

Chloe Set For A Strong Finish - Noosa News Article

Chloe McLennan is a young triathlete on the move.Chloe has made a big impact in State and National Series races this season with some outstanding results.
It all started in November in the Australian Sprint Selection race at Kawana where Chloe was first in her Age Group. In December she was 4th overall in the Australian Junior Series at Runaway Bay. Chloe followed up with 2nd in age at the Robina Sprint Series Race and then at the Queensland Schools Championships she was a close second. The Australian Sprint Championships on the Gold Coast resulted in a 1st place and the Australian Sprint title. Chloe then travelled to Perth for another National Series race and had the disappointment of dealing with a flat tyre yet still managed to be 4th overall on time in the finals.
There are two major races left for Chloe this season with the Oceania Championships at New Plymouth, New Zealand and the Australian Schools Championships at Penrith. Chloe’s consistency in performance this season has been remarkable and her results attest to her fine attitude and diligence in training. Chloe is coached by Jacque and Peter McKenzie of Race Pace Coaching, based on the Northern end of the Sunshine Coast, and is the daughter of Cheryl and Paul McLennan of Tewantin.

Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival - Sunday Race Report

The Mooloolaba Triathlon is always a good challenge. Conditions this year were favourable for fast swims and rides, although hot and humid on the run. Running the hill twice under those circumstances is tough. The race is also the Australian Age Group Olympic Distance Championships, so all the guns were there, firing.

Our guys did well. 

Zoe Bentley completed her first Olympic distance race less than 5 months after having a baby, quite amazing.

Hamilton Andrews did significant pbs on the bike and in the swim and was 5th in 2.08.

Kelly Offley matched this with a new swim and bike pb(5mins) and an overall pb of close on 10 mins at 2.41.

Fiona Hunt similarly swam her fastest (4mins pb) and rode 1min 30 faster than before and is getting faster and stronger.

Andre Mai did a 2.29 and had a good race, being solid and consistent in all 3 disciplines.

Nicola Richards did her fastest swim at 26 mins and rode really well for 1.15, but unfortunately suffered an unpleasant knee issue and had to withdraw. She will be back with a vengeance and has improved a lot. 

Fiona's other half Drew Hunt raced really well for a 2.17.

Happy to report also that Luke was 3rd in pro men in his first OD race for a few years.

Thank you to our Race Pace support crew for cheering on your family members, friends and fellow athletes. Coach Peter McKenzie l, Michael, Kirsty, Hayden & Lily Small, Lachie & Ollie Hunt, Judy Andrews, Tom, Beau & Daisy Richards, Christine, Toby & Mitch Mai, Isaac & Nicole Lambert, Nigel Gaffney, Jess Sawkins & Paulie Davies, Vicki & Wynne McKenzie, Ros, Emma & Jess Huxley and Taryn Bashford....our racers appreciated your energy & enthusiasm which helped them through the race & achieve their goals! 

Wise words from coach Pete - Times don't always tell the story, even though they were good, in my opinion its more about the effort and intention. On that score the Race Pacers all get A+.

Meet A Race Pacer - Brett Housley

1. How long have you been doing Triathlon? What do you like about Triathlon?                       

Going on 12 years of Triathlon/Endurance sports. I love the overall challenges of training and racing Triathlons, seeing hard work payoff through discipline and dedication. I also meeting like minded people and forging friendships with great people I may not have otherwise met. Sitting around post event trading race stories and never letting the truth get in the way! Ha.

2. What was your sporting background pre-triathlon?                                                                        

I grew up playing Cricket in the winter and Soccer in the summer. Little bits of swimming and running, but I never had the patience for it as a kid.

3. What are your best race results?   

Building for and breaking the 10 hour barrier at Ironman Western Australia, Pete and I worked a plan that was spot on and crossing that finish line was very rewarding. Same year going low 4:20's overall at Sunshine Coast 70.3 was a highlight as well. But one race that sticks out was my first Cairns 70.3 under Pete, I realised what a benefit of having a coach with a plan that I bought into was, I went more than 10mins faster than my previous 3 Cairns 70.3's with relative ease compared to being self-coached!

4. You live in Cairns which is notoriously hot and humid, how does that affect your training? What adjustments do you make for this?       

November to April is definitely hot, humid and wet.  Being smart is key, but also hard at times. I work outdoors as well, so plenty of hydration and mineral/vitamin replacement before, during and after training. Early mornings to beat the heat and know when to push and when to say, not today. 'Easy' workouts can be harder to get through in Summer then it would seem sometimes.  You learn a lot about your body training in these conditions thats for sure!

5. Your job as an electrical engineer often means you are called away, to get the grid functioning, for lengthy periods. How do you adjust training during these periods?      

I always pack swimming and running gear with me. I hunt down a gym if possible. Training is a great way for me to de-compress, so I just find the time whether before or after work.  We can often be in remote locations, but they make for great running destinations. Wildlife and farm animals can give you some strange looks when you come running by, thankfully no run ins as yet.  Kangaroo's are sketchy though.....

6.How do you find working with a coach that is based somewhere else? How long have you been working with Race Pace Coaching?    

I first contacted Pete in late 2013, begun working with him in early 2014 and have not looked back since. I believe this is because I understand his plan and how he likes to build my approach to races, but most of all I trust him.  No nonsense, no fluff and no BS training that Pete delivers is exactly what I like. The fact that he isn't based here in Cairns has never worried me as his style of coaching can be delivered face to face or through correspondence. The best part is, any queries I have about workouts, personal issues etc, Pete gets back to me in a very timely manner and does so with no fuss and understands that life isn't always a smooth ride. 

7. What do you regard as your strengths and weaknesses? How are you addressing the weaknesses?      

I guess mentally i am always up for the challenge, even when things don't go my way.  This helps in this type of sport at times, Pete has given me more help and insight into the mental approach which has been great. Physically I have found under Pete's guidance that I am runner, I find this to be my strongest leg and often the easiest to train for. My weakness would be cycling, I am not as strong as I would like to be, and some times I am too conservative on the bike during races through not backing myself. I have definitely improved a lot on the bike since Pete has begun coaching me, through strength, pace, cadence and HR workouts i have found improvement and i believe i can achieve more going forward. 

8.What races are you planning for the rest of 2017?   

Well I just raced Hell of the West - Brilliant event, would recommend to anyone and everyone! Cairns 70.3, Melbourne Marathon, Hervey Bay 100 would be the big ticket events and local events around the area such as TriPort, GBR HM, Grin N Bear it, etc. Plenty of options up this way! 

Sunday 19th March - Race Pace Training Event - Time Trial Triathlon

Race Pace Triathlon Training Event - Sunday 19th March

Sunday 19th March 2017, we will be running a Race Pace training triathlon event at the Oz Ski Resort (Coolum Aqua Park).

There will be a ‘Time Trial’ Triathlon and a Triathlon event for the kids! The 'Time Trial' Triathlon event will be run as a separate swim time trial, bike time trial and a run time trial and varying distance shown below!

Adults and Juniors of all ability levels are welcome to come participate, there is something for all! You can choose to do all of the events or just do one.

RSVP by Friday 17th March so we can confirm numbers (jacque@racepacecoaching.com)

 

Location: 

Oz Ski Resort (Coolum Aqua Park)

60 Junction Drive

Coolum Beach QLD 4573

 

Time & Distance:

Adults & ITU Juniors & Youth

5.45am Registration for a 6am Start

Time Trial Triathlon

Swim TT – Youth 400m / ITU Juniors & Adults 750m

Bike TT – Youth 12km / ITU Juniors & Adults 20km

Run TT – Youth 3km / ITU Juniors & Adults 5km

 

Kids Triathlon

7am Register for a 7.15am start

Distances: 50-100m Swim / 3-6km Bike /500m-1km Run 

*Distances can be varied for the ability and age of juniors / kids.

 

Event Cost: $10 ($5 Event Fee + $5 Park Entry)

Please Note:

Distances can/will be adjusted for ability of participants. Participants can just do portions of the triathlon 

eg. Swim / Bike (if they don't want to run)

Or

bike / run (if you don't want to swim)

Swim / Run

(if you don't have a bike or don't want to ride)

Please be mindful when arriving for the 7am registration, there will be the first event in progress so we do ask you to proceed with caution in the event area, keep the transition area clear until you are given the all clear to put your bikes in the transition area (keep them over toward the cafe would be best!)

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate contact us and if you have friends who would be interested to have a hit out themselves or children who would like to join in please pass on this information!

Follow Race Pace Coaching on facebook or check our website for updates on our events and training schedule.

Thanks and we hope to see you there!

Jacque McKenzie

jacque@racepacecoaching.com

Queensland State Schools Triathlon & Aquathalon Championships 2017

This year we had 10 qualifiers for State Schools Championships and two who were selected, but unfortunately through an illness and an injury were unable to compete. That number (12) was double the number that we had in 2016.
This year we had 7 first timers!

Results are available on the Queensland Schools Sport:- https://queenslandschoolsport.eq.edu.au/Sportsinformation/Sportstz/Pages/Triathlon-10-19-years.aspx

Some observations/comments from coaches were as follows.

Grace Otto is one to watch in the future, a great swimmer and natural runner who is also showing rapid improvement on the bike. This was only her second ever Triathlon, she did really well.

Hayden Small is a very good all rounder who will appreciate the longer races next year. Watch out for him in running events as well.

Just like Hayden, Josh Nixon is a fierce competitor and will benefit hugely from this years experience. This year he gave away age, size and experience. He is a very conscientious trainer.

Alex Lucht has his strength in running and after an issue in the individual race put in a great run in the relay. Brother Damon Lucht is young and will improve with training.

Matty Nixon was our youngest competitor and always has a red hot go, he has time on his side.

Alyssa Rose continues to improve rapidly and really impressed on the run leg of both races, as well as on the bike, also one of the happiest, smiliest competitors.

Jess Huxley continues to improve and moved up into the top 3rd of age group this year. Her cornering and turning on a bike is the smoothest you will see and she is starting to ride fast as well.

Harry Ladd gave away a year to most in his age group and had two excellent races.He started to move right through the field in the individual event and will be even better suited to longer distances.

Elliot Gray is a passionate racer who always gives his best. His swimming has improved and he is a weapon on the bike.Elliot is a reserve for the State Team.

The pre-race brief for these athletes was simply to "do your best". That,they all accomplished! 
The camaraderie and support they show for each other is terrific to watch.We look forward to watching them go from strength to strength and seeing what they can do in a years time. They are great ambassadors for their schools and a credit to their families. Congratulations and well done!

Pre Mooloolaba Hit Out - Sunday 5th March

Sunday 5th March 2017, we will be running a Race Pace training triathlon event at the Oz Ski Resort (Coolum Aqua Park) There will be a Triple Super Sprint and an event for the kids!  This training event will be short sharp and fast, a perfect pre-Mooloolaba Triathlon weekend hit out and a chance to practice transitions!

Adults and Juniors of all ability levels are welcome to come participate, there is something for all! You can choose to do all of the events or just do one.

RSVP by Friday 3rd March so we can confirm numbers (jacque@racepacecoaching.com)

Location: 

Oz Ski Resort (Coolum Aqua Park)

60 Junction Drive

Coolum Beach QLD 4573

 

Time & Distance:

Adults & ITU Juniors & Youth

5.45am Registration for a 6am Start

Triple Super Sprint -  

1 - 3 x (200m swim / 6.5km bike / 1km run) with rest between  

*select to do once, twice or the three times

 

Kids / First Timers

6.45am Register for a 7am start

Distances: 50-100m Swim / 3-6km Bike /500m-1km Run 

*Distances can be varied for the ability and age of juniors / kids.

Event Cost: $10 ($5 Event Fee + $5 Park Entry)

Please Note:

Distances can/will be adjusted for ability of participants. Participants can just do portions of the triathlon 

eg. Swim / Bike (if they don't want to run)

Or

bike / run (if you don't want to swim)

Swim / Run

(if you don't have a bike or don't want to ride)

Please be mindful when arriving for the 6.45am registration, there will be the first event in progress so we do ask you to proceed with caution in the event area, keep the transition area clear until you are given the all clear to put your bikes in the transition area (keep them over toward the cafe would be best!)

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate contact us and if you have friends who would be interested to have a hit out themselves or children who would like to join in please pass on this information!

Follow Race Pace Coaching on facebook or check our website for updates on our events and training schedule.

Thanks and hope to see you there,

Jacque McKenzie

jacque@racepacecoaching.com

Peter McKenzie 

petermacca01@hotmail.com

Sunday 12th February - Race Pace Triathlon Training Event

Sunday 12th February 2017, we will be running a Race Pace training triathlon event at the Oz Ski Resort (Coolum Aqua Park) There will be a Super Sprint Distance , Enticer Distance and an event for the kids! 

Adults and Juniors of all ability levels are welcome to come participate, there is something for all! You can choose to do all of the events or just do one.

RSVP by Friday 10th February so we can confirm numbers (jacque@racepacecoaching.com)

Location: 

Oz Ski Resort (Coolum Aqua Park)

60 Junction Drive

Coolum Beach QLD 4573

 

Time & Distance:

Adults & ITU Juniors & Youth

5.45am Registration for a 6am Start

Super Sprint -  400m swim / 16km bike / 4km run

Enticer Distance - 200m Swim / 10km Bike / 2km Run

 

Kids / First Timers

6.45am Register for a 7am start

Distances: 50-100m Swim / 3-6km Bike /500m-1km Run 

*Distances can be varied for the ability and age of juniors / kids.

 

Event Cost: $10 ($5 Event Fee + $5 Park Entry)

Please Note:

Distances can/will be adjusted for ability of participants. Participants can just do portions of the triathlon 

eg. Swim / Bike (if they don't want to run)

Or

bike / run (if you don't want to swim)

Swim / Run

(if you don't have a bike or don't want to ride)

Please be mindful when arriving for the 6.45am registration, there will be the first event in progress so we do ask you to proceed with caution in the event area, keep the transition area clear until you are given the all clear to put your bikes in the transition area (keep them over toward the cafe would be best!)

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate contact us and if you have friends who would be interested to have a hit out themselves or children who would like to join in please pass on this information!

Follow Race Pace Coaching on facebook or check our website for updates on our events and training schedule.

 

Thanks and hope to see you there,

Jacque McKenzie

jacque@racepacecoaching.com

Peter McKenzie 

petermacca01@hotmail.com

Meet A Race Pacer - Chloe McLennan

Name: Chloe McLennan

Age: 14

How long have you been doing triathlon?

My first triathlon was when I was 5 years old. When I turned 9 I started training and doing triathlon competitively.

What is the best thing about being a part of the Noosa Junior Triathlon Program and Race Pace Coaching?

I love being a part of a group of people that are also passionate about triathlon. I also love competing and being able to represent Race Pace Coaching.

What are some of your greatest achievements so far?

5x National Cross Country Participant

State Cross Country Champion

3x State Triathlon participant

Noosa triathlon Junior Scholarship

What are some of your main goals for the upcoming season?

My main goals would be to make the Queensland/ National Team for All Schools Triathlon and Cross Country.

What are some of your Personal Bests?

Running: 1km - 3.18, 4km - 14.23, 5km - 18.02

Swimming: 100m - 1.12, 400m - 5.43

Meet A Race Pacer - Hayden Small

NAME: Hayden Small

AGE:   11

How long have you been doing triathlon?

I was 6 when I did my very first triathlon for fun but have been competing and training since I was 9.

What do you love the most about triathlon as a sport?

It is a fun sport that keeps me fit and healthy

What is the best thing about being part of the Noosa Junior Tri Program and Race Pace Coaching Squad?

I love the opportunity that I have to represent my squads at different events and the people that I get to train and race with are awesome.

What are some of your greatest achievements so far?

·       Representing Noosa District at the Regional Cross Country in 2016

·       Winning my age group at the SC Marathon 5km 2016

·       Winning the Gold Coast Enticer Team Triathlon 2016 with my Dad

·       3rd in my age group at the Gold Coast Marathon Zespri 4km Dash 2016

·       Being awarded the Noosa Tri Junior Scholarship for 2016/17

What are some of your PB’s?

·       Swimming: 100m – 1:36,  200m – 3:20

·       Running: 1km – 3:39, 5km – 19:52, 10km – 60:34

What are your goals for the coming race season?

I am aiming to make the Sunshine Coast Regional Team for Aquathlon and Cross Country and a couple of podiums at QTS events.

Do you have any favourite triathletes and why?

I am a big fan of both Luke McKenzie and Beth Gerdes.  They are both dedicated and hard-working, generous with their time and they inspire me to be like them in the future.

What is one lesson you have learned from your coaches Peter and Jacque McKenzie?

Both Jacque and Pete have taught me that you have to work hard to achieve your goals and that you have to put in 110% each and every time you train.

Is there anybody you would like to thank for helping you work towards your goals in triathlon so far?

I really want to thank Jacque and Peter for all of their hard work and support they give me and the other juniors in our squad.  I also want to acknowledge Noosa Tri Club for their financial support with the scholarship and Keith from Trilogy Cycles for fitting me up with my new Avanti road bike for the season.

Race Pace Coaching Training Event / Saturday 10th December

Race Pace Coaching Training Event / Saturday 10th December

Race Pace Coaching will be running our training triathlon event at the Oz Ski Resort (Coolum Aqua Park) 

There will be a Sprint Distance Triathlon, Enticer Distance and an event for the kids! This will be our last event for this year before the Christmas / New Year break and commence our weekend events in January 2017. 

Adults and Juniors of all ability levels are welcome to come participate, there is something for all! You can choose to do all of the events or just do one.

RSVP by Friday 9th December so we can confirm numbers (contactfitactivebodies@gmail.com)

Location: 
Oz Ski Resort (Coolum Aqua Park)
60 Junction Drive
Coolum Beach QLD 4573

Time & Distance:
Adults & ITU Juniors & Youth
5.45am Registration for a 6am Start
Sprint Distance  - 750m Swim / 20km bike / 5km run
Enticer Distance - 200 - 400m Swim / 12km Bike / 3km Run

Kids / First Timers
7.15am Register for a 7.30am start
Distances: 50-100m Swim / 3-6km Bike /500m-1km Run
*Distances can be varied for the ability and age of juniors / kids.

Please Note:
Distances can/will be adjusted for ability of participants. Participants can just do portions of the triathlon
eg. Swim / Bike (if they don't want to run)
Or
bike / run (if you don't want to swim)
Swim / Run
(if you don't have a bike or don't want to ride

Please be mindful when arriving for the 7.15am registration, there will be the first event in progress so we do ask you to proceed with caution in the event area, keep the transition area clear until you are given the all clear to put your bikes in the transition area (keep them over toward the cafe would be best!)

Event Cost: $10 ($5 Event Fee + $5 Park Entry)

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate contact us and if you have friends who would be interested to have a hit out themselves or children who would like to join in please pass on this information!

Follow Race Pace Coaching & Fit Active Bodies on facebook to get updates on our training events and squad sessions!

Thanks and hope to see you there,

Jacque McKenzie / jacque@racepacecoaching.com
Peter McKenzie / peter@racepacecoaching.com

Congratulations to Chloe McLennan & Hayden Small

Congratulations to Chloe McLennan & Hayden Small on receiving the Noosa Tri Club Junior Development Scholarships for 2016/17 season! With their commitment, focus, talent and hard work these two juniors have a bright future ahead of them! Thanks to Noosa Tri Club, Trilogy Cycles, Fit Active Bodies and Race Pace Coaching for supporting and giving the Junior a head start in the sport of triathlon! Well done!