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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.

Ironman Australia Port Macquarie 2012

Ironman Australia

 

What a perfect day for racing at this years Ironman! I was happy to be in Port to support and cheer on the racers Zac, Simon, Len, Jeremy & Paul with other supporters from NSTC (Northern Suburbs Tri Club). For the bike leg we based ourselves on Matthew Flinders Drive a rather short but hard climb as the athletes come back in to town at the end of each lap. I did what  I could to help everyone up the hill and hence I still have very little voice 3 days after the event, every time we get a competitor to smile there was a noticeable lift in their energy. After the bike we positioned ourselves in the heart of town where the laps crossed paths, again it was great to cheer and encourage every participant.

It was great to see all of the NSTC racers get across the line, in particular to Jeremy who I coached for the event and achieved all the target times to achieve his time goal and finish his first Ironman. I will say he flew through his last k, finishing very strongly. Simon a regular at swimming over the last 6 months also completed his first Ironman with a sub 11hr performance. Well done to everyone who competed.

2012 Quarter 1

2012 so far

It is hard to believe that the year has got away from me and I have not updated my blog. Well here goes for the year to date, what I can remember for the first quarter.

Ironman, whilst no races yet, I have been working with a number of athletes and Ironman season is almost upon us. Currently working towards Port Macquarie, Lanzarote, France, Cairns. Regensburg & UK with a number of athletes

Huskisson 2012, this was another great weekend of racing with a number of improved times over last year, the most notable was Steve who improved by around 45 min and dished out a good lesson to the coach in the process.

Races that have been used to monitor progress towards ironman are Batemans Bay Ironman 70.3 Singapore and Ball Buster duathlon. All results showed that Ironman preparations are on track.

Sydney ITU, a great race in my home city which included a good number of participants from swim and run squad and NSTC. We also formed a Trifocus team entry about 36 hours from race start, with the aim of participating and having some fun. What a brilliant race and background, highly recommended to do this race.

Parys is back in fine form, with solid performances, so far results are 1st in age group Thames Turbo Sprint (2nd female), 1st Clumber Park Duathlon and an outright win in the South Devon Coastal Trail run (10k), yes that is right she beat all the males too (great work) Emma also took out 2nd place female in the half marathon at the same event.

Swim squad continues with a plenty of solid training going on, with a couple of sets focussed on maximising distance in the hour.

Run squad, commenced in January and is growing steadily. As usual regular attendees are already posting good run improvements

CanToo, Mac Uni pod has grown this year starting with 40 participants preparing for SMH half marathon, it is great to be a part of this group as they achieve key milestones building towards their goal race, it is hard to believe we only have 2 more long runs to finish our build phase.

Keep training hard and remember what doesn’t break you makes you!

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.

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.

NSTC TTS March 2011

On Saturday evening, the Northern Suburbs Tri Club, (NSTC), held its monthly Transition Training Session (TTS), a handicapped Swim / Bike / Run training session. As usual these are always relaxed and fun training events.

The TTS has a good following from club members and local triathletes. It was good to see a number of people participating from the Thursday swim sessions and I had provided them with instructions to warm up prior and swim at a pace that was sustainable. All of them reported after the TTS that they took the swim much easier than in the past without any negative impact on their swim time and with more energy left for the bike and the run, well done all I am glad that you listen to me somedays!

The club put on a BBQ post TTS so we could all take it up on how good we once were, or how good we will be next season.



“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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