TriDubai had a great turnout of club members taking part in the sprint and olympic distance races that were held at the excellently run TriYas at the weekend.
Before people got through to registration they were met by the fabulously decked out TriDubai marquee (thanks again to Christian for all the organisation and logistics - as well as the many other people who helped put things up and take things down!).
The marquee had received the full TriDubai *bling* treatment, and was resplendent in banners and flags, and kitted out inside with hot-off-the-sewing-machine TriDubai towels, caps and polo shirts. It was a great place to hang out and have a chat with team members throughout the day.
We had quite a few people doing their first ever triathlon/ first ever olympic distance race (such as Brett Taylor, who provided us with this blog post beforehand, and finished the olympic with a very creditable 2.40.16).
Another first time racer was Christian (a regular at the Friday rides and Saturday swims) who said "Considering that one and a half years ago I did my first free style swimming strokes and running was completely ruled out due to my back problems, I have to express my sincere thanks to the entire TriDubai team! I have learned a lot and look forward to hopefully many races to come. Without TriDubai I would have never done this." Great stuff!
We also had some great results from the more experienced TriDubai members. In the sprint race the club took a 1-2 in the mens (with Mark Lewane winning gold in 1.10.16 and Paul Stevens taking silver in 1.13.54). In the ladies we also got on the podium, with Jessica Josselin grabbing silver in 1.20.41.
However, the outstanding performance of the day came from one of the TriDubai founders, Deirdre "Didge" Casey, who completely smashed the women's olympic distance race apart with a stunning display in each of the 3 disciplines. With the fastest swim of the day, the fastest bike by nearly 5 minutes, and the second fastest run, Didge beat the previous record by an astonishing 15 minutes and finished in 2.06.17. Incredible racing!
You can find all the times (including splits) here.
Didge's efforts made it into the newspapers, with her performance standing up alongside that of 2005 World Ironman Champion Faris Al Sultan. [click on the image to make it larger]: