Flora Duffy Qualifies For 70.3 Worlds! | The GTN Show Ep. 129

Flora Duffy Qualifies For 70.3 Worlds! | The GTN Show Ep. 129


– Welcome to the GTN
show brought to you by, Amp human and this week Heather and Fraser have foolishly given me
the reins with the show was there filming more content
and more videos for you guys. But one rule they did give me was to not matter on about tech
or new tech releases for the next 15 minutes or so. But fortunately for you guys, I don’t need to, because
we’ve got some really exciting racing from the weekend. The first big race of 2020. It’s really kicking the season off. We also have news of Jan Frodeno switching running shoe partner, also
a champ that just swam in the Antarctic and
also a chap that is also trying to do a triathlon
across the Antarctic. (bright music) Well, the 2020 race season
has well and truly kicked off because this past weekend we
had Ironman 70.3 South Africa. Race that is quite often
marked the New Year of racing for myself, both Fraser
and myself actually taking part in it numerous times. In fact, in 2010, Fraser
went and won the event and it’s always attracted a
stellar lineup and this year was definitely no exception. We had the likes of Bradley Weiss, Michael Raelert, Matt Trautman, Bart Aernouts and Emma Pallant, Lucie Zelenkova all on the start list, but some slightly less expected names also on the Start list with
Flora Duffy and Henry Schoeman. Now, you would think given that there, we’ve got the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
coming up later this year. This is perhaps bad
timing to be racing a 70.3 at the beginning of the year, also not to forget their debut 70.3 but actually, if you think about if they could bag a spot
here to the Ironman 70.3 World Champs, which there are
two men and two women spots up for grabs here, they
could then park that ambition focus on the Olympics, and then come back to the 70.3 world’s later this year, which are taking place in November. Now there’s obviously a lot
of speculation out as to whether they’ll do well. I mean, some were saying
that they’re ITU athletes and their strength and
prowess from ITU racing will really show through and
they’ll storm this event. What’s others were saying, that is not experienced
enough over this event. Well, I’d say you’re both right, because actually what
happened in the women’s race is Flora unsurprisingly,
led out with a huge lead. She had about a three and
a half minute lead overs, Lucie Zelenkova and over
four minutes on Emma Pallant, going onto the bike she
maintain that over 45 K. So we saw the time check
coming at 45 K, about four minutes and
then coming into T2, it was Emma Pallant in the lead. Somewhere within that final
45K Flora had managed to lose nine minutes to Emma
Pallant and Jade Nicole putting her five minutes in arrear. Now later actually
appeared or we found out that Flora actually was
struggling with some glute issues or glute locked up, and that’s
where the time was lost. Now personally watching
this and knowing Emma’s running history and pedigree, this
just seemed like a gap that Flora could not real in. And actually we saw them
running pace for pace to start off with around
10 k Flora passed Jade Nicole who was currently sitting
in second position and there seemed to be the point that Flora really started turn the gear. She just got stronger and
stronger, and with 5K to go there was just a minute
gap between her and Emma and this up the point that actually Emma was starting to fade. Flora posted an incredible
1.20 half marathon split, which is very impressive
over such a tough course as two rather big hills
during that run course. And she took the win
Emma took second place, and Jade Nicole took third. Over the men’s side, it
was a pretty similar story, Henri Schoeman also crushed
the swim when he had about two minute gap to the chasing group with most of the favorites in there. But a small group did
form behind him we had, Bradley Weiss, Michael Raelert,
Matt Trautman and Kyle Buckingham. So the race was really on
and that chase group finally caught Henri Schoeman on the return leg as they come down from the descent, after the 45K mark, and
committed to transition, it was Matt Trautman
that took a slight lead and he really capitalized
on that and never let go. He posts an impressive 1.15 half marathon to take a comfortable when
Bradley Weiss took second, and Henri Schoeman took a
very respectable third place for his first 70.3. So very impressive results
from both Henry and Flora. Flora, particularly given
her coming back from injury and whatnot. So maybe this poses the question. Is she the one we should be
watching out for this year at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics? Well, I’m going to throw out to you guys, is it a yes or no? Do you think she will take the win? You can enter that by
clicking just up here. And if you’ve got any opinions who else you might think might
contend or challenge her, then please drop them in
the comment section below. (bright upbeat music) Well, something we really
didn’t see coming here, at GTN was this post from Jan Frodeno. Now Jan has been with ASICS
for as long as I can remember. He has worn them to his
Olympic title in 2008. We even saw him wearing
a prototype pair of shoes from ASICS. Last year in the Ironman
World Championships very much seeming like
he was rather invested in and part of something quite
exciting with the brand, but then this, well, at
the time of filming this, we really didn’t have much more to report other than some speculation
could his new shoe partner be on with a new investment from Roger Federer? Could it be Adidas or Puma
given his German heritage? Could it be New Balance? Could it be Nike? Could it be Crocs? Who knows, it could even be
Jan with his own brand of shoes coming out if anyone
could, it will be Jan. Moving on and imagine
training for 33 years to swim for just over
10 minutes down a river. Well, that is essentially
what Lewis Pugh has just done in his attempt to be the first swimmer to swim under an Antarctic ice sheet. He was in the water for
10 minutes and 17 seconds in nothing more than his
swimming trunks, cap and goggles. All of this was in an attempt
also to bring awareness to the changes happening
at our earth poles. Now the fact that he was able
to find a river to swim in under an ice sheet was his point exactly. That there are quite significant changes happening to our world,
due to global warming. Antarctica is melting and
scientists have found and proved that there are over
65,000 super glacial lakes in that region he was swimming in alone. So global warming is
really quite a big thing. And Lewis is bringing
great awareness to that. Meanwhile, in a similar vein, we have Anders Hofman preparing
for his project Iceman. Well, we have featured Anders
and his crazy triathlon before between this week’s
show, and next week’s show, he is due to start and hopefully become the first ever person to complete an Ironman distance
triathlon in the Antarctic. And now he’s taking a 10 man strong team on a 33 day expedition starting
on boat from Argentina, and then across the Drakes
passage into Antarctica and portal point where he
will then commence the Iceman. The estimated or the start date that they’ve projected the
moon is the 2nd of February but obviously conditions depending, of which he could actually
be competing in anything between minus five degrees Celsius, to minus 15 degrees Celsius,
and water temperatures between one and minus two degrees Celsius. So all we can say now
is, best of luck, Anders. (bright upbeat music) Now moving on to the GTN poll and last week, Heather
and Fraser asked you, should carbon plated shoes
be banned by the IAAF? Now carbon plated shoes
we’re talking about the Nike vaporfly the four
percents and what not. And this is a big topic
for debate at the moment, because if we think back to
the Ironman World Championships in 2019, of the top 15 men and women actually half of those
were wearing some version of these Nike Vaporfly shoes, the 4%’s. And actually the top three women, were all wearing a set of these shoes. And it’s actually thought that if the IAAF we’re to ban these carbon plated shoes, then triathlon would likely follow. So we’d be very interested to hear what you guys would think. And 65% of you said, no, and 35% of you said, yes. (bright upbeat music) But now for the part of the show where we get to look
through all the photos that you’ve been sending into us and I’ve picked a nice eclectic mix here because we’ve got first
one a swimming one, but under the full moon. This was sent in by Humberto, from White Grass Dam in Brazil. He said, “My friends and I have
swum in this town for years” but they decided to do
something a little different and swim onto the full moon and
take their camera with them. So we could see over there,
so got some great shots and a very white looking
person on a support but fantastic photos. Next one from Fabian, and this
is from Innsbruck in Austria and to realize, I think
he’s just gloating, showing off with his rather
picturesque view from his bikes. He looks at the Tyrolean sunset
with the mountain region in the background behind him, so yeah, very nice pain cave. Next one from Willie, and
this is from Les Contamines, and this is as they’re out for
the Nordic ski championships. He’s hosting it or
helping the British Army. They decided to take a
Watt Bike out with them, pretty substantial. And they said, they were
training at 1300 meters elevation doing zone five intervals. He’s a 47 year old diesel
engine and he topped out 173, heart rate, so yeah, pretty
impressive I know the pain of doing intervals of
that sort of elevation. Luis Miguel, he’s just
set up his new pain cave on his second floor apartment,
which is pretty swish. I mean, this is impressive,
got massive widescreen TV, which seems to be mounted
on some sort of system, in the background but really cool we got your mountain bike they’re set up and then it’s a Fuji TT
bike on the turbo trainer next to it. Very nice and please don’t forget to send in all your pain caves and photos using the photo uploader the
link is on the screen right now or you can find the link in
the description just below. (bright upbeat music) Well now for the GTN caption competition and last week we had a
photo from Ironman Arizona of Heather and Fraser
presented to you with a chap, with the big sign saying press to power up and we’ve had some great
captions coming in. First one from Savage Poet said, “kid, press the button to power
up and the triathlete said, yes, but for goodness sake, stop moving.” Mark Bakker said, “what if I snatch the paper
for infinite power ups?” Felipe Cordoba said, “Is there any chance that
you have five of those? I may need them ahead.” But the winner this week
goes to Ibraheem Trabulsi, and he said, “When you’ve never ran more than 3K, and you’re suddenly flying to Kona after touching some paper.” So yeah, you are the winner of
the GTN caption competition. Get in touch, we’ll ping
one of these out to you. But now for this week’s caption comp photo and this is actually from project Iceman. This is Anders. But this is actually from Svalbard, and he was doing the half Iceman. He’s either slipped up
face plant in the snow, having a bit of a tough time
or this is the end of it, I don’t know. But send in your captions in
the comment section below. But that’s it for the GTN show this week, if you have enjoyed it, make sure you hit that thumbs
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and more so in cycling and triathlon, a lot of the pros are getting custom parts
built using 3D printing. So you’d like to find out a
little bit more about that then you can wait for
that later this week. If you’re coming back
from a running injury, or perhaps just haven’t been
running for quite some time, and we also have a video
on the run walk method which may be really
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