I wasn't going to put up a race report, but I really enjoy reading other people's, so I guess I should contribute. This was my first Noosa and I really really enjoyed the event and wasn't overwhelmed by the number of people. The swim is normally my best leg, but I didn't feel I had a great swim. It took me quite a while to get into it. I thought I had a good start, but when I looked up after about 150m, there was one lady already 25m ahead of me, and about 8 others 10m ahead of me to the RHS. I slowly, slowly reeled most of them in. As previously mentioned I got a few stings out there too, but no welts have come up.
Then onto the bike which is my weakest leg. I loved it! Loved the whole course, loved the hill section. On the way down the hill I tried to stay on the tri bars, but I started to feel a shudder from my front wheel, so sat up a little and went onto the bullbars. This is the first time that I have picked up this type of speed on my tri bike. Is this shudder normal? Or is it due to the deep rim on the front wheel? According to my Garmin, I got up to 69.5km/hr - I wouldn't have thought this would be enough to cause this? Was very happy with my bike time. I spent more time on the bike (mostly the roadie) than normal over the last month as I knew it needed work, and it really paid off. I felt comfortable the whole way, but was afraid that I may have pushed it too hard for the run. Did the most perfect dismount I have ever done, and then promptly got stuck behind a few older dudes doing a slow jog to their racks.
Onto the run. I really wasn't looking forward to the run as I knew it was going to be hot. I had prepared myself and had my de soto wings ready (thanks Cranky - heard about them from you). They were brilliant. I never felt really hot on the run. I took my time through all of the water stations and hoses to make sure they stayed wet and cool and I really believe that helped. I took my time to high-5 a few of the kids along the run which was fun. The run wasn't my fastest triathlon run, but considering the conditions and how much I had pushed myself on the bike, I was really happy to be able to run that well. I probably could've run faster overall as I was able to pick up the pace quite easily for the last 500m, but the main thing is, is that I actually enjoyed it. Sometimes I hate the run and only enjoy the "after" and not the actual moment of the race. The photos taken by Mr BogFrog show beaming smiles :-)