Lucky number 983
Caroline (daughter #4) competed in Ironman Melbourne on March 24th.
An Ironman is not for the faint-hearted, comprising of a 3.8km swim; followed by a 180km bike ride; only to then finish by running a 42.2km marathon! She did very well by completing it in 10 hours 15 minutes and came 7th in her age group. Continue reading
Caroline Ashby has recently joined the ranks of a very elite group in the triathlon world; those who venture out of the Age Groupers and into the Open Division! A mother of two, living and training in rural WA, Caroline is an inspirational example of how if you want it badly enough and are willing to work for it, you can make it happen. The fact that she’s loaded with the McClure natural athletic talent doesn’t hurt either! Continue reading
The Race at the Heart of a Nation
There was an immediate buzz in the air when athletes Australia-wide heard the announcement of a new, world class, Ironman Triathlon event to be held in Melbourne – a city that is often called the sporting capital of the world.
An Ironman triathlon is considered one of the toughest endurance events that a human being can complete, consisting of a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and finishing with a grueling 42km full marathon. Competitors have exactly seventeen hours to finish, to become an official Ironman, you must finish before the cut-off time, the event mantra, is “anything is possible.” Continue reading
Mothers Day Treat, 7 May 2011
Mothers Day 2011 was extra special for this mother. Janie travelled to beautiful Busselton in WA to cheer on daughters, Alice, Caroline and Grace, in the Busselton Half Ironman 70.3 Series.
All three girls gave outstanding performances; good enough to gain each of them a coveted spot in the Triathlon World Championships in Las Vegas in September 2011! Alice had a podium finish with a fabulous second place in her age group, while Caroline’s blitzing run saw her finishing with the best time of the three girls. Was this because she had the Team Ashby support crew of Nick, Charli and Lilli Ashby, cheering her on? Gracie enjoyed the event even though her training in the leadup was marred by injury, however, with a great support network behind her, they got her going again just in time to be able to run the 21km at Busselton. Continue reading
On Dec 5th 2009, daughter no.4, Caroline, capped off 2009 with another notch on her belt — completing her first Ironman at beautiful Busselton, WA.
Just earlier in the year, in May, she completed her first Half Ironman, also at Busselton. How fast she progressed, once she caught the Ironman bug! Continue reading
Caroline conquers Busselton Half Ironman!
The venue was beautiful Busselton, south of Perth in Western Australia. The date was Saturday 4th May 2009, where Caroline, Daughter No.4, was about to perform her first Half Ironman. The preparation for this event involved the usual self-discipline and training that is required for such endurance events, however the circumstances differed for Caroline. Continue reading
BUSH KID TAKES ON HAWAII.
by Gini Gale
Who would’ve thought, this little urchin from the bush would be going to Hawaii? Living and experiencing the challenges the environment throws out living in the outback, seeing this life, you think she can deal with anything.
Not knowing that she has “School of the Air” and “Boarding School”, now you would think she could survive anything; but wait..there’s more. Continue reading