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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.

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.



“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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