Abu Dhabi International Triathlon

March 16, 2011

The second annual Abu Dhabi International Triathlon was held last weekend, the event has more than doubled in size since last year and the number of professional Ironman/triathletes that flew in to race was really quite extraordinary. There were team events, a sprint distance, short course and long (3km swim, 200km cycle, 20km run) course which was the one Clint did.

With La being sick all week, Lachs having a birthday party at the other end of the island and the course not really set up for spectators, the kids and I only went out to watch the end of Clint’s race. Thank goodness we were only there for the last 2 hours, it was over 40 degrees and although their had been lots of wind on the bike leg it was still and HOT by the time they started the run. It was so hot the medic tents were overflowing and there were a lot that did not finish.

Unlike Ironman where you can get disqualified for running down the chute with non-racers, this tri didn’t have the same rule so Lachie waited in eager anticipation for Clint to hit the final stretch, so they could finish the race together. Lachie was so excited to cross the line with Clint… and get daddy’s hard-earned medal!

Pulling Dad across the line

Clint was really happy with his time he finished in 8 hours and 40 mins, coming 4th in his age group and beating some of the professionals times.

Proudly wearing Dad's medal (and an ice-cream grin)

unfortunately this all came back up on the trip home... but that's another post!!


Ironman- Frankfurt 4th July

July 20, 2010

After far too many hours spent in lycra in the company of only another man… it was finally race day!

Germany was apparently suffering from a ‘heat wave’ although for Clint and Matt having spent hours training in 45+ temperatures, the main downfall was they called a ‘non-wetsuit’ swim, and due to road works they extended the bike course by 5km, but really whats another 5k when you have already done 180km??

Joining us to cheer Clint home was his Mum (Denise), Hans, his brother Mitch, my sister Fi and her partner Steve- thanks guys for the support for Clint and the help with the kids! And good luck to Fi and Steve who are both doing their first half Ironman in September (we will be thinking of you from Borneo)!

Team Clint

Back of the supporter shirts (and thanks for the shirts Fi)

The kids and I did not make it out to the lake for the start of the 3.8 km swim; I could blame that on the fact that it was miles out-of-town and there was no organised spectator transport out there but the truth is, even if there was an easy way to get there…letting the kids sleep in ready for the long day took precedent. It is simple insanity to wake sleeping children at 4 in the morning! Clint was really pleased with his swim time- 1 hour and 14 mins, so even without the wetsuit it was faster than the Australian Ironman he did in 2008.

Our hotel was perfectly positioned overlooking the river that was the run course and only a couple of hundred meters from where the competitors rode in on the bike course so we were in position (with at least 2 mins to spare) to cheer Clint on as he rode into town, and out again, and in, and out and finally in to complete the 185km bike course. Clint kicked some serious butt on the bike leg finishing in 5 hours and 22 mins and smashing the hills even thought there aren’t any to train on in Abu Dhabi.

Bike leg

looking strong

Waiting for Dad

As expected, the kids needed some entertainment while waiting for Clint and Matt to come past:

Thanks Mitch- of all things Lachie needs to be taught how to make MORE noise!

Mitch spending quality time with the kids- the loud clappers quickly became swords.

Grandad took them for a play at the park

All that grass but Aunty Fi's lap is much better.

The 42.2km run course was really pretty, along both sides of the river (not that Clint got to appreciate the scenery) and with lots of spectators cheering the athletes on it was also a great atmosphere.

Out of transition and off for the 42.2km run

Go Clint

Happy to see his supporters ūüôā

High fives

Clint was making great time for the first 2 laps of the run and looking good, unbeknown to us though, he had left his computer (watch face) on his bike and thus had no idea of his time but more importantly couldn’t monitor his heart rate he found this leg the hardest but finished with a smile.

nearly there

Crossing the line 11 hours and 9 minutes

Clinton Theil... you are an Ironman!

After he crossed the line, the very weary support crew headed for dinner and a beer while we waited for him to recover in the athletes section.

Cheering is such hard work!

Clint was happy with his time  and also thrilled with the support he got and the money he raised for the John Maclean Foundation, thank you to all who donated to this worthy course.  Matt did a fantastic job as well, finishing his first Ironman in just over 12 hours.

Overall it was a great day, no doubt there will be another Ironman at some stage, I never really believed the ‘just one’ line ¬†was given a few years ago!

Abu Dhabi Triathlon

March 15, 2010

Clint finishes 8 hours 52 mins!!! (time set for the Elites)

The inaugural Abu Dhabi International Triathlon was held here (obviously) on the weekend. There were team relays, a short course (1k/100k/10k) and Clint did the long course which was…

3 km swim in the lagoon off Emirates Palace

200 km cycle from the Palace, out to Saadiyat island and around the Yas Marina Circuit (formula 1 track)

20 km run along the Corniche out to the heritage village and back.

Clint had a great race, and was (according to him) a perfect training race in the lead up to the Frankfurt Ironman in July, he particularly enjoyed riding on the F1 race track! The kids and I missed the swim (sleeping took preference) but were there to see him finish the bike and do his run. He finished in 8 hours and 52 minutes so was thrilled with his time.

Clint and Matt (both doing Frankfurt Ironman)

Coming in off the bike

Off for the run.

Go Daddy!!

7 Years

September 29, 2009

Clint and I celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary yesterday. As well as going out to dinner I got a lovely bouquet of flowers (they are truly spectacular) complete with a tube of cream… just incase I am suffering from the 7 year itch!

Clints legal!!!

September 23, 2008

After getting the ball rolling in June, Clint is finally a resident of the U.A.E. It has been a frustrating process especially watching people arrive and get their residency after only a week or two (which is how long it is meant to take). 

Being a resident means we can now buy cars and more importantly Clint can drive again- you can drive as a visitor or as a resident but while you are in no-mans land awaiting residency (as Clint has been since June) it is illegal to drive. On the positive side, I have had to do all the driving and can now find my way around the island and surrounding area quite well- which means I can get to all the big shopping malls plus find my way home if I get lost or miss a turn (all the important things really).