CurraNZ triathletes Alice Tourell-North and Ruby Wyles recorded notable wins on both sides of the Atlantic last month, putting injuries behind them to secure wins in their respective events.
Ruby is an ex-pat Brit on a USA sports scholarship who stormed to a brilliant 70.3 success on debut in Flagstaff, Arizona, after taking the big decision to switch away from distance running.
Unfortunately it was not the happiest start on the morning of the the Mountain Main Long-Course race after contracting a raging stomach virus.
Deciding to participate and treat it as a learning experience instead of a serious competitive attempt, she trotted up to the start line. Despite ongoing GI issues, Ruby recorded the fastest women's run time, won her age group and finished third female overall.
Ruby says: "Overall, this was an amazing learning experience, and I am already incorporating these lessons into my training. Above all, I finished injury-free (after being plagued by issues for the last year) and, having recovered from my sickness, I see a lot of promise and potential in my performance. Time to get back to training!"
Alice Tourelll-North also had an equally satisfying win, returning to triathlon following the birth of her daughter.
Alice (pictured above, crossing the finish line with her daughter), was also returning from injury and took out the win in her age group at the popular Brighton & Hove Sprint Triathlon event.
Although it was a slower time compared to Alice's pre-baby performances as an elite, it was a major confidence-booster for the Surrey athlete, after a less-than-smooth return to training and competition for the young mum.