Ironman Asia Pacific Championships Cairns

June 19th, 2016

Last Sunday I raced Asia Pacific Ironman Championships in Cairns. After some bad luck the past couple of Ironman preparations with a bike crash just before Ironman Busselton late last year, then a labral tear 2 weeks before Ironman Port Mac (after avoiding a dog attack last second). I quickly found out there is nothing more frustrating then finishing the 4 month Ironman training block then it all goes up in smoke with an injury last minute and not being able to race. I was happy to be back on track after a couple weeks forced bike/run break from the dog mishap. All was coming along ok until a couple weeks before Cairns when the hip deteriorated and I again had to take the week off as I was unable to run and knew I had to nurse the hip the following 2 weeks. Arriving in Cairns I was unsure how the race would go, the main concern would be if the hip held up for the 180k time trial and the back half of the marathon and secondly if the missed bike/run mileage would effect my race.

  

I was out of the chopping swim at Palm Cove in the front group. The bike course is great, never dull, the course is hilly and windy and scenic if you have time to look (i wish). I rode in the chase group with Tim Berkel, David Dellow and Luke Bell until around the 160k. With the lack of the huge training rides (and runs) due to the hip issues the past months I blew a little at this point in the race and had to push hard alone into the head wind the final 20 odd kilometres and try to not lose too much time to the leaders. I got off the bike had my nutrition and set off to try to run my way towards the front guys. The feeling certainly wasn’t great the first 20k, I thought I struggled to hold any real pace due to blowing towards the end of the ride, but I knew some guys might of over-extended on the fast ride and I pushed on and started to find some legs. The last lap I caught Luke McKenzie and set out to try and catch Pete Jacobs for 3rd. In the end I was 4th , a spot down from last years debut at Asia Pacific Champs in Melbourne . I was a couple minutes behind the podium but I was quite happy with how things turned out considering. Berks, Dellow and PJ are all top blokes so it was good to see them go well.

 

I’m not the Dalai Lama but Ironman is (obviously) a very long day and there are so many up and downs all day that I experienced both in the build up and the race itself. Somewhere along the way things don’t go to plan but its just a matter of keeping a steady consistent tempo and a positive mindset and trusting the training you have put in, even when things go south and its certainly a long time to suffer but once you’re on the home stretch it fades away and actually its a good feeling pushing your body to the limit for so long. A true test.

 

As Cairns was a Regional Championship I scored a good chunk of points for 4th but unfortunately not quite enough for Kona qualification. Ironman Frankfurt I believe is too close to race then try and back up for Kona in October and with the hip its safer to continue to race 70.3 for the next few months and earn points that way.

 

I’m back in Europe now seeing Radka’s family and trying to keep up with Grandad and his czech beers, (but I’m fighting a losing battle with any czech..). I will move onto my next block of races here soon once I’ve recovered from Cairns.

 

Thanks to my sponsors/ supporters/ friends for all the ongoing support. Pics below courtesy of Asiatri.

 

Regards

Sticksy

 

Update /Bintan 70.3

September 28th, 2015

Hi everyone

Just a short update and where i’m at including my last race a few weeks ago.

After my camp in Aix Les Bains France I travelled to Bintan Indonesia on the way back to Australia.

Kiwi Mike Phillips and I pushed the pace in the swim and managed to have a break of about 45seconds on the main group after the swim in the warm waters just off Singapore.  Mike and I pushed the bike over the many hills in Bintan and held our lead until about the 50k mark then we were caught by Freddie Cronberg, Timo Bracht and Aussie Keiran. We continued pushing the pace coming home and managed to drop Timo at the closing stages of the bike. Freddie pushed hard over the last climb and got 20 seconds on me into T2.

I set off to catch Freddie and push on around the 3 loop run course. I managed to win by just under 5mins. I felt strong  on a hard course and the day was very hot and humid in which I was looking for in the leadup to Kona.

Mike managed another strong result with 2nd and Freddie held on to 3rd.

Post race I headed back to Noosa to continue my prep into my first outing at Kona. Training has been going well and everything has been on track and  looking forward to racing on the big Island soon.

best wishes

Sticksy

Pics courtesy of AsiaTri

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Fitter Radio Podcast

July 20th, 2015

Hi everyone

Attachted is a Podcast I did recently for fitter Radio, talking everything from IM Melbourne to Kona and everthing in between.

https://www.facebook.com/fitter.co.nz/posts/998582750193953:0

A couple weeks ago  I raced Norway 70.3. I was 2nd out of the water and in the front group on the bike until I hit a rock on the bike at the 75k and punctured. The race is well organised and always enjoy my time in Haugesund , Ivar and Tone put on such a great well organised event. It was a shame it happened but that’s racing.

I’m currently in Aix Les Bains France. Aix is my old training ground for ITU for 10 years so it’s nice to return and do some training with Steve Moss young Aussie ITU crew. The riding is some of the best in the world!!

Best wishes

BK

Challenge Camsur

July 2nd, 2015

 

 

 

Hi Everyone

 

 

Just a short update. I won for the second time Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast Triathlon just before leaving to start my international season.

 

 

After a battle with a stomach bug in the days leading up for my first international race this season I was really happy to come away with a win at Challenge Camsur in the Philippines. 

 

I was out 3rd out of the water and pushed hard with Kiwi Mike Phillips to breakaway on the bike and build up the a 8min lead going into the run.

 

 

 

It was one of the hottest races I have done to date. The atmosphere was great with thousands on the sidelines cheering and great media exposure for the whole week. 

 

 

 

Anyway a few pics attached.  After the race the governor invited us out to his island so we are there at the moment.

 

 

 

Will keep you updated.

Picture credit ‘Asia Tri’ and ‘Challenge Camsur’

 

 

 

Best wishes

 

Brad

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Press release - McDonald’s Partnership

May 14th, 2015

 

 

“I’m happy to announce that I will be a McDonald’s ambassador promoting the new ‘create your taste’ range of gourmet burgers and the McDonald’s brand. I’m honoured to be a part of the Macca’s family for the next three years and beyond and helping support Wagga’s Own Tony & Luita Aichinger to support the local sporting community.

 

Tony said. “McDonald’s Wagga Wagga is happy to be associated with Brad Kahlefeldt.

 

Both Brad and McDonald’s continue to remain successful and relevant in a competitive environment, consistently delivering strong results whilst promoting an active lifestyle!

 

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Ironman Melbourne

March 27th, 2015

 

 

 Hi Everyone

 

 

 

 

Last Sunday was my Debut Ironman at the Asia Pacific Championships in Melbourne.

 

 

 

All went well. I finished on the podium in 3rd place in 8:09.

 

 

 

The swim I was out in the front group of 5 in a course record of a bit over 45mins. Two from our group German Nils Frommhold and Luke Bell broke clear at around the 15k. I rode with Marko Albert and we finally got caught by the chasing pack at around 120k.  Once they caught us the pace eased up until the attacks started 45k to go with training partner Berk’s making the break. I started off out of T2 to start my first marathon feeling quite good. We had a deficit to Nils and Luke but I set off at my own tempo.

 

All was ok and on track until I started to cramp in both quads at about the 20k. It was quite painful and at that point I wasn’t sure if I could maintain the pace to the finish. I kept my nutrition up head butting the headwind for 30 odd k and kept pushing with a limited stride and caught Nils with about 30mins left of the race to move into 3rd with a 2:49 marathon behind Flying Canadian Jeff Symonds and Berk’s in 2nd.

 

 

 

In the end I surprised myself with my result. But looking back I did enjoy my experience. I prepared well, It was certainly a lot of suffering in the closing stages on the run but happy I held it together. I learnt a lot from it and will make some minor changes for my 2nd attempt later in the year and hope to push on from there.

 

 

 

I’m now reassessing my season with potentially the focus being Kona later in the year.

 

 

 

I’m back home visiting family and friends in Wagga before travelling back up north to get back into the training.

 

 

 

Thanks for the support.

 

 

 

Best wishes

 

 

 

Brad

Pictures below courtesy of KoruptVision ,R Miller, K Baxter, Lucas Wroe, SlinGard, Giant, J kahlefeldt

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Back down under

October 30th, 2014








Hey Guys!
Its been a while since my last update. A lot has been happening and I was glad to be back racing in the Sunshine Coast 70.3 only days after traveling back home from North America. I've always enjoyed racing Mooloolaba ITU World Cup over the years. I placed 4th up in Mooloolaba. Was hard to back up after my trip but glad to be back racing again. After Mooloolaba I went home to Wagga to catchup with all the family and friends for a couple of weeks and did some nice training on country roads, even though I did repeatedly get attacked by magpies most days..



Last week I raced Port Macquarie 70.3. It was my first time in Port Mac and it didn't disappoint, nice location and a tough bike course and scenic run leg. I swam and rode in the front group but unfortunately Josh Amberger got away and put time into the front group. I ran hard and went about reducing the gap as much as possible throughout the 21k. It was down to the wire and was 34seconds in the end and finishing 2nd.


Overall I was happy with how the form is and to its great to be back on the podium again. The next block of races I have coming up are Noosa Tri this weekend , Mandurah 70.3 then Challenge Bahrain.


Below are some pictures from Port Mac courtesy of Ironman and NashysPix

Best wishes
Sticksy

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HiVee 5150 Championship

September 1st, 2014





Hi Everyone


Just an update from here in Des Moines Iowa. Yesterday was the HiVee 5150 Championship, the Worlds richest Olympic distance triathlon. I was happy to have a good race in a strong field and was 3rd from American Hunter Kemper and Swiss Reudi Wild. It was my first time racing the non drafting format in Des Moines, I placed 2nd here in a sprint finish for $200 000 for the ITU World Cup in 2009.
I was out of the water and off the bike in the front group and the overall feeling was good and happy everything is on track for this Sundays 70.3 World Championships in Mont Tremblant Canada.
You can of course follow the race live on Ironman.com. I will return back to Australia after Mont Tremblant to continue my season. 

Cheers
Sticksy
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Cairns 70.3

June 11th, 2014

Hi Everyone


Last Sunday I raced in the Cairns 70.3. I enjoyed racing last year up north and really wanted to go one better than my 2nd place last year. It is one of my favourite courses, honest with hills with plenty of twists and turns.


Race day came and it was wet. Unfortunately the rain didn’t ease up for the entire race. But I felt more sorry for the Ironman athletes having to race in it for the whole day. But in the end everyone gets wet and at least it wasn’t too cold.


I was out of the choppy swim in the front group of maybe 7 or 8 guys and avoided being swallowed by a croc which was nice. I was running out to the T1 tent when my wetsuit zipper was jammed, i tried pulling it up then down, but nothing, then I had to surge past mate Clayto and asked if he could help pull it down, was a huge relief to get it off and appreciate Clayto for helping. I went lactic surging past him but I got it sorted and settled back down again for the ride. The pace at the start was set by training mate Joey, he has been injured most of the summer so wanted to surge and make the pace fast from the start as he hasn’t been running a lot yet. Unfortunately like some others I lost my bottle with my nutrition when we rode over about 6 speed bumps at KM 1 on the bike. Tim Reed went with Joey and started very hard. Joey baited a few of them to go with him and I knew what he was doing. Was good to see him back racing. Clayto surged up to Reedy and I decided I would have to go also. The pace continued with Sam Appo and Reedy pushing hard and riding well.  Reedy surged again over Rex lookout and I looked back and there were some casualties including Courtney were off the pace. The pace was on for the majority of the ride and knew the surging up front would have to take its toll later on in the race.


We arrived in T2 with about 5 of us with some minutes on the rest of the field. I started solid and got into a good rhythm , and just kept an eye on the time I was up on the first lap. Reedy was only about 30 seconds down and Clayto not too far off him after the first lap so I pushed it some more to stretch it to a bit over a minute to Reedy . Half way through the 2nd lap my right calf started to seize up a little and it wasn’t until about 2km to go that it was started getting really painful and I started to get worried it may lock up. Im not sure if it was because I missed my sodium from my missed bottle but I kept running and no way I would want to loose the race from there. I managed to win with the ever consistent Reedy in 2nd and Clayto in a well deserved 3rd.


Now I’m back in Lennox Head, I have a week off and I’m off to the US next week for some racing and get some good training in.


More on that later.


Cheers

Sticksy

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St Croix 70.3

May 13th, 2014
Hi Everyone
Last week I raced in the iconic St. Croix 70.3. It was a bucket list race I wanted to compete in for many years. It has been running for over 30 years and is one of the toughest most honest courses in the world. St Croix is in the US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean a short trip from where I was based in Florida for St Anthony’s the week prior.  
I was out of the swim in the first small pack of 5 which included, Tim O’Donnell,Josh Amberger, Ben Collins and Sam Douglas and we stayed away on the bike putting some minutes into the chasing pack. I survived the infamous ‘beast’ climb at mile 20. It was about 1km long and averaged around 14%, some sections at the top were 26%! It was great fun but hard! I was into T2 3rd by myself after Josh Amberger and Tim O’donnell of the US broke away with 15miles to go. I caught Josh in the first lap on the hilly and very hot run. Tim stayed away and deserved the win. I finished 2nd and was happy to back up well from St. Anthony’s in another strong field.
Next races will be Cairns 5150 and 70.3 before heading back to the US. 

Thanks for all the support.
Sticksy
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