Monday, 23 November 2015

Tri-Husky Sprint Triathlon Race Report

When it comes to sheer beauty, Huskisson is nature's version of Brigitte Bardot. 
This was one reason that I was relishing  the opportunity to race another sprint distance event in a town so perfect for triathlon.
While the location is ideal, the conditions on the day were not and the sound of the starting siren for the deep-water swim start saw us hacking our way through some solid south-easterly slop. 
I managed to be in the wrong place at the right time for most of the swim and copped more elbows and fists than a bar room brawl on a Friday night.
I exited the water mid-pack and climbed the carpeted stairs to set about pushing out some watts on the tredley.
On the bike at Huskisson
Whilst relatively flat, the Husky bike course can deceptively lead you to thinking that maybe you should be traveling a bit better than you are numbers-wise. I certainly felt that at stages, yet in retrospect, it was my best leg relative to other competitors. 
Once I was through T2, I managed to run my best 5km off a bike to date and felt in control for the bulk of the trip.
Working hard during the run
In the wash-up I finished 10th of 28 in my AG. In horse racing parlance, the form guide would probably read "Should gain experience from racing here and strip fitter for the run."
Finishing off the run
I'm looking forward to some hard work over the next couple of months before returning to Husky, along with Wollongong and Batemans Bay in the new year.

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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Forster Sprint Race Report

If triathlon history was a currency, Forster would be as rich as James Packer. Being a keen student of the sport, I was looking forward to etching my name in the annals of also-rans at the iconic mid north coast venue.
A late change of schedule by event organisers meant I was up at 2:30am to get to the race. 

Torrential rain all morning made setting up for a split transition a little uncomfortable, even for a pluviophile like me.

The announcement that the swim would be a non-wetsuit affair was met with the usual groans of disapproval from most competitors and it wasn't long before we were in the soup-like water of Forster Keys.
The swim is currently my Achilles heel. I exited the drink eighth in my age group. Ok, there was only 14 in that category, but six of them were still flailing behind me. If anything I felt better than I had in recent races on exiting. This is no doubt due to my increased swim volume since I have began training under the guidance of Project M Training.

I jumped straight on the pushy & ripped in on a fairly flat course. The hardest part was keeping an eye out for pot holes on the rain affected circuit. I managed 5th in my AG in a very enjoyable ride, despite the slippery roads.

Having fun on the bike in Forster
Entering T2, a jack-knifing shoe saw one of my Specialized Tri-Vents spear out of the pedals about 10 meters from my bike rack, I lost a few seconds retrieving the wayward piece of footwear. I saw a pro do exactly the same later in the day so that makes it ok right? 

I've had a tendency to take off like a scalded cat on the first km of the run. I concentrated on keeping that more measured on this occasion and build towards a stronger back end. Despite a tightening right hammy at around the halfway mark it was a much more consistent effort and fourth fastest in my category.

In the wash-up, I managed to grab third in my AG and 30th overall. It was an enjoyable experience and I'd definitely recommend Challenge Forster as a destination for any triathlete.

There's plenty of work to do and I'm looking forward to another sprint at the picturesque Huskisson in two weeks time. 
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