Archive for November, 2011

Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie

Over the weekend, I was conveniently on holiday in Port Macquarie, with the Ironman 70.3 in town.

With a large contingent of NSTC (Northern Suburbs Tri Club) & members of my swim squad and friends competing I was naturally drawn to watching the race. I was ably assisted by Ben & Kylie from NSTC in cheering on the competitors.

The buzz of race start is always something special, it does feel different watching and not racing but exciting none the less.

The Swim was a mass start, with a mass of arms and legs churning up the water. On the bike we placed ourselves on Matthew Flinders drive (on the Hill), this is a great place to spectate and encourage competitors up a rather steep incline. The bike was 2 laps of undulating terrain. The run course again 2 laps and undulating terrain following the coast line. With a tough bike and run, this is clearly not your average 70.3 and challenges all competitors.

I had a great time watching, cheering and enjoyed being able to get some good photos. All competitors rose to the challenge of the course with many that I spoke to achieving PB’s on last year.

Port Macquarie is a great place to race or spectate, with the added bonus of plenty of good coffee shops near the start and finish lines to keep the spectators going. I will be planning to be back to watch the Ironman in May.

Noosa Triathlon

Earlier this year I was approached by two tentative people, who had just signed up for their first Olympic distance triathlon and purchased their first road bikes.

Over the last 6 months Bec & Kerrie trained diligently, learnt many new skills (including how to pack bikes for travel and maintaining a bike) and faced their fears head on.

Leading up to the race Kerrie picked up a foot injury, which meant no running pre race. Both were ready and keen to race. They stuck to their race plan and when it came to the run Kerrie stayed strong and positive and achieved a good result, running keeping the injury at bay. Bec was feeling strong but was struck with food poising on the bike. Finishing the bike in a good time she pushed onto the run and soldiered on with the effects of the bug taking its impact, which impacted on the overall time.  Needles to say it was a great effort for both of them to finish and I so suspect that it was due their diligent training and preparation that helped them triumph in the face of adversity. Well done I know you both are looking forward to your next races already.

Forster Ultimate Tri

In October together with a large contingent from the NSTC tri club we made the journey north of Sydney to Forster to compete in the Ultimate Tri. This is a new distance introduced by Elite Energy this season with a 2k swim, 120k bike and 20k run.

From a personal point of view it was great to be back at Forster racing long distance tris again.

Forster never disappoints both as a venue and the volunteers who are always friendly and helpful, they will go out of their way to help you.

I was not expecting a great race as my training had been severley hampered over the last 4 months, but didn’t want to miss out on the chance to race. The swim was a nice one lap in Forster keys, the bike ride was a 2 lap heading south of Forster, the first lap felt nice and easy and trying to stick to my predetermined effort. By the second lap of the bike a strong southerly had blown up, making it a rather hard effort, for those who have raced previously at Forster this was little out of characteristic as we usually had a strong westerly to content with heading back into town. By about 90k my  lack of training started to show and even with my efforts to stay hydrated and keep the energy high, I had hit a wall.

Getting off the bike things did not improve, taking all my effort to keep the legs moving forward. Glad to say I finished but was considerably slower than what I would like. Everyone from the club had a great race, capped off by a nice evening meal together and a lovely breakfast by the river before heading back to reality and Sydney.

I will definitely think about returning next year to do this race.



“If you are comfortable with your training regime then you should be concerned. You can only make the big gains by being out of your comfort zone.”
- Me

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