Training Squad Busselton Ironman & 70.3 in December 2017

Written by Moya Jones on . Posted in News

If you are doing, or thinking of doing the Busselton Ironman or 70.3 in December, please read on.

Hi Fellow North Coasters.

Well another 70.3 comes and goes, but for the long course enthusiasts and aspirants amongst us the sights are already set on arguably the biggest race on our local triathlon calendar – the Busselton IM and now 70.3 in December.

For two years now the club has been slowly refining a long course specific program for its members and once again we’re pleased to announce that the fourth instalment of the NCTC’s Long Course Preparation Squad will be running for the upcoming Ironman and 70.3 in December.

Continuing at the helm will be club coach Brad Hosking supported by club captain/coach – Mike Bosch. With a multitude of full Iron distance races, as many halves and a multitude of other standalone races, coupled with 7 ½  years of coaching specialising solely in the Full and Half Iron disciplines, Brad has amassed some respectable experience which he is desperate to share. A father of two with a full time working wife, Brad understands deeply the impacts and challenges that preparing for a long course triathlon has on an individual athlete and the support team around them.

Be you a first timer, multi finisher, front of pack, back of pack or in-betweener, if you’re looking to compete in the Busselton Ironman or 70.3 on December 3rd this year and wish to prepare yourself in not only the best possible and time effective manner, but do it all within a super fun, highly motivating squad environment, then the 2017 Busso IM / 70.3 NCTC Preparation Squad is due your serious consideration.

As much as we all wish we could – performing at our best doesn’t just happen; it’s a culmination of a long, purposeful, often demanding and testing journey and whilst good results and / or personal satisfaction don’t just happen without good ol’ ‘nose to the grindstone’ work ethic – It certainly doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. With a definite start date set for Monday July 31st , the 18 week program will be an opportunity you won’t want to miss and whilst the squad concept is already a wonderful experience for everyone involved – it only gets better the more numbers we have.

The club is desperate to build this into something BIG! We have the membership, now we just need a few extra leaps of faith.

But don’t just take it from us, here’s a few of the thoughts from recent squad members.

“In my experience the best investment you can make to improve your performance is to get an experienced coach who can programme and periodise your training.  This will guarantee you get the best out of yourself on race day.  Coach Brad is the guru for long distance events from his own personal racing experiences to his ability to train athletes of all abilities.

The training programme has great variety and is scientifically based on proven training methods.  The squad environment that Brad encourages is awesome and it’s great to part of a group that are really positive and supportive of each other.  I highly recommend you give it a go!”

“The last 70.3 squad was my 4th one having joined Brad for IM Busso Dec 2015. Prior to I had competed in 6 IM events and similar number of 70.3 races training on my own. Having now trained in the squad and training with friends I can’t imagine training any other way. I have smashed PB’s training with Brad and whilst the work is hard you are kept honest knowing you get to the start line on race day, fully equipped in search of the next PB. Looking forward to the next one ready to have another crack chasing a PB and do it again.”

“After signing up for my first Ironman 70.3 I joined Brad’s turtle squad after recommendations.  Brad not only brings the best out of you but his passion and knowledge for the sport is exceptional which he is happy to share.  Brad has made me believe in myself and that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.  His program and the squad experience was one I would highly recommend.  Not only will you train and achieve your result but you will have likeminded people supporting you all the way and gain friendships and results you thought weren’t achievable.”

“I can thoroughly recommend Brad Hosking’s squad, there was a lot of variety in the training and it was never dull, I felt that I was being constantly challenged and pushed, yet never tired of the training and I managed to get an 8min PB and went from 350th the previous year to 136th. Brad was readily available and would regularly give you feedback regarding your training and race preparation.”

“My experience as a first timer could not fault it. Everyone in the squad was very supportive and encouraging towards each other and was well planned and laid out in advance and everything explained so you understood. The training was hard and challenging but Brad makes you work for whatever you set out and want to achieve 

Busselton Ironman 70.3 on May 7 2017 was my second 70.3 event. For my first I just did my own training and did not really have a training plan to follow and always wondered how much better I could have done if I had a proper plan. So for May 7 I was looking around for a coach or proper structured training plan as a personnel coach/trainer was a bit out of my budget; I even looked at purchasing a training plan from Training Peaks and following that.

The squad was the next best option and do not regret joining and was very satisfied with Brad’s coaching and the effort he put in, even going the extra mile to take time out of his family life commitments to give squad members one on one personnel help and advice where they needed it and I’m sure he would do it again if it meant better results for his squad members.

I would not hesitate in recommending this squad to anyone wanting to do an Ironman event/race and it is just as good as getting personnel one on one coaching but cheaper.”

The information session will take place on Wednesday the 14th June at the Sorrento Community Hall in Padbury Circle (just behind White Salt café’) commencing at 7pm. Undecided, on the fence or keen as mustard – be sure to come along and get all the info you’ll need to make a well informed decision.

Any questions in the meantime please contact Brad at

Until then, all the very best to you and your families and enjoy the down time before the fun and games start soon enough.