Profile: National Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships
Time: 1hr 8min 04sec
Age Group Place: 10th
Swim: 12min 55sec (+ 1min 23sec transition)
It’s funny how water that looks calm from shore turns out to be quite rough when you’re out there. I didn’t have a great swim, not helped at all by the fact that my goggles kept on fogging up. Fogging goggles isn’t a massive issue, until you turn the can and are swimming into the sun. I couldn’t see anything! After swimming off course for a while, I decided to ease up and let the guy who was behind me swim through. I then just jumped on his feet. Certainly didn’t help the speed of my swim, but probably better than throwing my goggles away.
Ride: 32min 00 sec (+1min 27sec transition)
The ride went well. There wasn’t much wind and the road surface on Beach Road is fantastic. A guy wearing the Egyptian national uniform passed me 2k into the bike, but I didn’t let him go. He (Nour) and I traded places for most of the ride. At about the 16k mark, I threw up in my mouth… excellent, I was clearly working at my desired capacity! With 1k to go on the bike, I put my foot down and managed to drop Nour into transition. My Garmin told me that I averaged 39.7k/hr on the bike, happy with that. When I looked at the results, I was pleased to see that I only dropped 1 minute or so to the pros on the bike… I’ve been losing 3 minutes here all season. This was, hands down, my best ride all season.
Run: 20min 17sec
Despite the effort on the bike, I felt good on the run. I was expecting Nour to catch me, as he was riding pretty well. I passed plenty of people, and managed to maintain a good rhythm. The time was a bit disappointing after the time I managed to run in Canberra. I am about 98% sure that the run was long though. Either that, or I just felt much faster than I actually ran! I didn’t see Nour again until after the race; he was a nice guy. He’s going to race in the Qld Champs, I hope he does well.
So, that is it. I have enough series points to make the Australian Sprint Distance triathlon team. In fact, I am the current points leader. I haven’t decided if I will actually go and race at the World Championships in Chicago in September. It’s been a good season. I have had good swims, a good ride, and a good run… Unfortunately, I haven’t managed to actually put them all together on the same day! Such is life. The goal was to make the team, so