September 9 -13 Gold Coast
Stevie's report :
Thanks for your good wishes, I am very happy to report a successful outing on a cool-ish Saturday compared to recent days. The goals for the day were based on the limited capacity for training that was possible; Goal A to be NOT last and Goal B to get under 2:40 (with a wishful thinking desire to be under 2:30).
Thankfully the swim was declared wetsuit legal after the water had cooled down from Wednesday to be under 22C, this ensured that I could take advantage of the flotation offered. In a clever strategy designed to avoid the choas of blokes belting the living shit out of themselves in an environment that is not human-friendly, I started bog last and swam around the violence to emerge in 25mins way beyond expectations.
On the bike after struggling to remove the wetsuit - lack of practice being evident - and slowly worked up to be cruising at around 37-38kmh with a slight headwind. Queensland is the home of drafting races and whilst illegal in triathlon, the organisers of this event have a reputation to allow it. So when a bunch of 30-34 year olds came past in a nicely formed peloton I happily jumped on the back and stayed the legal distance behind getting pulled along at 42-43kmh - sweet. Unfortunately they were on their second lap so when they pulled off I was lucky to find myself in a bunch of 45-49 year olds. Got a nice tow for the next 20k's and completed the bike in just over 1:03, the regular C-nut training rides did the trick.
Racked the bike, pulled on the runners, and on the way out of T2 gave the wife a kiss then headed onto the 10km run. Legs were good, just not sure they would last given I had done no run-bike training since summer. Started passing blokes from GB (bloody poms!) which got the adrenalin going, then picked up some yanks, feeling better again. Even better was I wasn't getting passed by anyone else, so goal A was looking good right now. The watch had failed so I had no idea what my time was but overall thought I was gogin OK. In the last 3km saw a Mexican bloke about 300m away and decided that he was next on the list, caught him with 1.2km to go and kept the pace going to finish with a sprint over the last 500m. Final time was 2:17 and 70th placing, mission accomplished!
Michelle races tomorrow along with Wizza. Caught up with Wizz who was looking very fit and ready to race.
Have settled into the couch in front of the 50inch Plasma with a cold Squires Amber Ale (tastes better after a race too), waiting for the Pies V Crows.
See you all next Saturday for the post mortem.