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Ironman and 70.3 Cairns

On the first weekend in June Cairns hosted their inaugural Ironman and 70.3 races, as winter was starting to bite at home I was happy to be heading to a warmer climate. At the race we had around 10 people competing from NSTC (Northern Suburbs Tri Club) and everyone found the racing tough particularly the run due to hot and humid conditions.

Of particular importance for me Steve was taking on his first Ironman, with a good base and preparation behind. I was pleased to be able to cheer him on in the later stages of the run and see him finish achieving his goal. Also Bec took on her first 70.3 race and whilst I may be corrected on this, loved the challenge and stepping up to the longer distance. So safe to say achieved goals of finishing and having fun.

I dusted off my race shoes and gave the 70.3 a whirl although was not expecting great things, here is my race report.

The swim, the biggest challenge was getting into the water as the steps were single file only and caused some stress as we all waited to enter the water, once on the start it was a very rough swim heading out to the first turn around, once turning I hung a few meters right of the field and had a much smoother swim. My best performance of the day was T1 where I had one of the fastest times in my age group sadly this did not help me too much in the overall standings. Onto the bike and all seemed to be going well as I settled into my rhythm and eating when at about 15k my spare tyre fell out and into my rear wheel. I noticed this in the nick of time to get off my tri bars as my rear wheel locked up and the rear of the bike was sliding all over the ride, fortunately I kept the bike upright, but the friction from the skid caused the tyre to explode! This required a full tyre change and very frustrating with so many people going past. I finally got going again however not long after the rear wheel felt spongy, rather than stopping again I continued riding, at the end of the race checking my tyre I would have had 40 – 60 psi in the tyre. The bike course headed north along the coast from Cairns and truly spectacular scenery. By the time I hit the run my goal time was well out of reach. I just set to running at my target pace keeping the nutrition in. I was happy with my pace and was moving forward in the field. The run course was hot running alongside cane fields which did not give much back from an inspiration aspect. On finishing I was done but had maintained a consistent tempo, despite finishing way down in the field I managed a top 20 run split in my age group so some consolation.

Cairns is a great location for a triathlon with the benefit of a nice holiday post race, admittedly there were a few teething issues with split transitions, registration and water entry. Hopefully these will all be improved next year and I highly recommend this race.

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.



“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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