Busselton Athletes Shine

The Tuff'n'up Tri Squad athletes are all ages, with varying levels of experience and differing expectations. Click on the tabs to read what some of the Tuff'n'up Tri Squad crew have to say - their goals, personal experiences and race results on training wth Mick Bray.

My name is Ben Bray and Mick is the person that got me into swimming and triathlon from the age of about 5. His dedication to everything he does is what has made me into the athlete I am today. I have swam under Mick since the age of 5 and in that time I have succeeded with a silver medal at nationals and some top finishes in Olympic distance and sprint distance triathlons. I also got my first half ironman finish under him. A solo finish to Rotto at the age of 13 shows just how well he coached me. All I can say is what a legend of coaching, without this man I wouldn't have done anything near this capacity. So thankyou Mick ever so much for your dedication and for making me who I am today.

I am currently in training to complete my 4th Ironman W.A. and this is the first time that I have chosen to complete my preparation under the guidance of a personal coach. Mick has an in depth understanding of and a great level of expertise in all three triathlon disciplines both as a professional coach and a competitor. He acknowledges that each athlete has their own strengths and weaknesses and tailors each training session to meet individual needs. Mick has boundless energy and enthusiasm whether he is coaching elite athletes vying for glory at an international level or health conscious individuals who just like to stay fit, compete and finish an Ironman (as I do). While he does not expect the same out of each athlete he will push and work hard to get the best out of each person. Tuff'N'Up Tri Squad led by Mick Bray is inspiring and motivating and he will help you achieve your full potential.

My name is Hailey and I started swimming when I was 11 years old. When I first joined swimming club I was a little unsure if I wanted to swim and if it was a sport I really wanted to do. But thanks to Mick's Hard working attitude, that never lets you give up and passion for swimming, I found out how much I actually love swimming and how much it's a part of me. I still swim with Mick and I am now 20 years old.

Mike coached me for 4 years of my swimming career. He was always a dedicated coach who showed up early to every swimming session whether it was rain, sunshine or otherwise. He always provided new sets for us to do, he knew when to change modes from serious to fun coach. He always had a great sense of balance between letting us enjoy the sport and work hard at the same time. Most importantly I feel as well as developing our skills and strength in the water, he knew how to create a tight knit community that every swimmer of the club could feel a part of, and that was a vital part of maintaining my interest in the sport throughout the stressful times of year 11 and 12 of high school.

Having trained with Tuff'n'up Tri Squad for 3 seasons, I've completed multiple sprint distance triathlons, 3 Ironman 70.3 and am now training for my first Ironman. Not only does Mick write awesome programs, he's one of the most positive and mentally strong dudes I've met!

I thought I knew how to train properly but since joining Mick's squad 18 months ago my Ironman times have dropped 1 hour 24 minutes and Half Ironman times by 20 minutes. Mick's emphasis is getting the job done but with having a laugh along the way. He is a great coach and has an awesome crew to train with.

' Pain is just weakness leaving your body.'  These words have endeared me to the coaching style of Michael Bray.  Never one to give you the easy option, Mick makes sure you have every opportunity to perform at your optimum levels. if that is what you're seeking from your effort.

Personally, Mick has helped me achieve many long distance 20km swim efforts. His training programs have rekindled my passion for the sport of swimming, and have helped me achieve solidly in internationally recognized swims, such as the Rottnest Channel Swim.

Mick has competed in many Ironman events throughout his career, and has an intimate knowledge on Race day, and the training necessary to make it to the starting line in the first place.

If you are still in the early stages of your training development, Mick has an absolute understanding of the technical side of swimming. Stroke correction is of the upmost, and any inefficiencies within your technique will be analyzed and corrected. This is most important.

Away from being a hard barstard at the pool, Mick is actually an alright bloke. He has a healthy coffee addiction due to the fact that he doesn't mind a chat, so don't be afraid to shoot the breeze with him over a cuppa.

My name is Steve Anstee --I've been coached by Mick for the last few years.  I started off as a sprint triathlete and now I am an Ironman.  With Mick's guidance and support, I have had many great results in short and long coarse triathlon, including qualifing for Hawaii Ironman world champs 2011.  Without him this would have been very difficult, so I thank him immensely for his dedication and support that he has given me, even when I'm tired and grumpy.

Busselton Athletes Shine

By Dan Talbot

Busselton triathletes Chloe Lane 21 and Steven Anstee 29 both made successful debuts at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii on Saturday.

anstee laneKnown for its blistering heat and relentless winds, the Kona circuit is the spiritual home of Ironman competition and is only open to athletes that qualify in the top three positions for their age-group at selected Ironman events, Busselton being one such event where both Lane and Anstee qualified in December last year.

Members from the Busselton Ironman community began to trickle into coach Mick Bray's house about mid-morning on Sunday (WA time) to watch the closing stages of the Ironman which was streamed down the internet from a fixed-point camera perched above the finish line. Elsewhere in the house, another computer was set on live-tracking Steve and Chloe as they edged closer to the finish line. Mick was having a pretty good run of his own, shooting between the two computers and reporting back to the gathering crowd.

As Steve closed on the finish line Mick and Julies lounge room began to buzz with excitement. Two or three false alarms went up before Steve actually materialised.

Anstee put in a brave performance finishing the 3.8 km swim, 180 km cycle and 42 km run in a creditable 9 hrs 42 mins, slightly outside his personal best for the distance but the conditions obviously took their toll. Almost as if Steve heard the cheer from Busselton, he lifted a weary arm and pointed straight at the camera, there wasn't a person in the room who didn't fill with pride right at that moment.

... they both had a race plan and stuck to it, finishing with great results. I've been bragging all week.

Later, Steve sent out a brief email, "I had good race but struggled from 130 to 165 km on bike. The bicycle course was very hilly but I put in a sold marathon (run) so my times have dropped off a little off. I'm glad I've done it and will now have couple of weeks off training!"

Then it was Chloe's turn. Competing in only her second Ironman event, Chloe peeled more than an hour off her pervious time, finishing the grueling event in 11 hrs and 21 mins.

Busselton Ironman Medical Director Tony Best was on hand in Kona keeping a watchful eye on the two athletes. Dr Best describes the weather as humid and warm, although mild by Kona standards. He describes Chloe finishing the event with plenty of energy and excitement, whereas Anstee gave it everything he had, earning himself a brief visit to the medical tent.

Chloe has a slightly different perspective, "I definitely wouldn't say plenty of energy but I was excited! :)It was a great race, the swim was full on getting dragged underneath the water, the ride was windy, hilly and hot! The run was really hot and humid, but I had heaps of fun out there. Really happy I made it to the finish line and a PB just topped the day off. I'm relaxing in Waikiki for a week and looking forward to IM Busselton."

With obvious relief, Mick admitted he was very proud of his two young charges. "they both did exceptionally well, they both had a race plan and stuck to it, finishing with great results. I've been bragging all week."

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