Welcome to my world.

A quick snippet from my world. I started triathlons when i was 12 in the northwest of W.A and never have looked back. The bikes and gear were pretty simple back then but it was great fun. Now the gear is a bit more high tech but just as much fun. In February 2010, I took the next step in my racing and full filled a small childhood dream of mine, I gained endorsment as a pro triathlete. Now the fun really begins and the training intensifies 10 fold.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Nowra Pro Tour

For the first Pro Tour race, I didn't have the training I would have liked, but hey what ya gunna do. The main aim was not to come last. The week leading up to the race was pretty terrible, weather wise, It was windy with a bit of rain thrown, which was not going to lend for an enjoyable race. Come race day, it was calm, dry and sunny. The river wasn't real flash, pretty dirty and a fair whack of weeds floating around. The start of the swim went pretty well, until about 3/4 of the way around when i tightened up slightly and lost the feet of the lead pack, coming out of the water 40 sec behind them.

Luckily I came out of the water with 3 others, which made for a nice little group on the bike.

We worked well on the bike together, taking turns as if we have ridden together for a while, which was nice - sometimes you get the clingons in your group, which doesn't help when you are trying to catch the lead group. Through the ride the pace was high, but we just couldn't close that gap to the lead pack, which hovered around that minute mark. During races like this you always wonder if did too much on the front of the pack and you get slightly worried, coming into transition, that your legs will hold up.

Coming off the bike the leg felt alright but knowing before the race that there wasn't much speed in them and I was just hoping that I could hold a descent pace through the run. Legs the held up, it wasn't quick but I didn't loose any spots and went sub 19min, which is always good.

Being that the aim of the race was not to come last, I was pretty happy crossing the line in 9th and only a few minutes behind the leader. Knowing that there is plenty of training to come and a lot more fitness to be found for the up and coming races.

Emmo and the team at Elite Energy organised and held a really great event. It was nice to see Nowra holding a triathlon again, after a few years in the wilderness. Alot of people supported the race, competing and spectating which is great to see.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

One down many more to go

My first race of the season was not a bad race to do (just to double check what I thought was true - Christmas was GOOOOODDD but it was time to train). The race was the second in the Hills Tri Club race series. The turn out was awesome - another sellout field, which is 200. The weather wasn't too bad for a race, slightly over cast, breezy and the water temp was 28.

The swim was pretty straight forward, 750m down the rowing lanes, coming out of the water 4th wasn't a bad start, slightly knackered but I felt pretty good.

I lost a little of time on the bike against the other guys, but it was all about holding a steady pace in to the wind and the making up for it with the tail wind. Coming off the bike the legs were a little wobbler, as I haven't done little to no transition training, where would the fun in that be. The run wasn't much fun, I managed to keep a steady pace for the most part and was slowly bringing down the gap to the guys in front.

Overall the race went well, finishing 7th overall, in a field that contained some good hitters and some younglings that I will be racing next weekend (16 Jan 2011) at Nowra in the Pro Tour, should be fun.