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Year of first Tri race?

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  1. Hi Team The family has just moved to Canberra and finally found a place at the southern end of Curtin. Working in Barton. I have had a brief look at the triathlon clubs in Canberra and am after some advice as to which groups might suit me best and who are about the same ability level. I do a 70.3 in about 4:20 (busso) to 4:30ish (Port mac). Bike about 2:20 (busso), run about 1:27 an swim between 27-28 generally. The clubs I have seen online are the bilby's (largest), Vikings (look to be small) and Performance triathlon coaching which costs about $110 per month. I can pay the $110 if it includes swim squads which it seems to. Any thoughts on the best club for my level and location? Also any swim squad recommendations if I don't end up swimming with a tri club? Also all the saturday rides seem to be a bit short i.e. 70km, is this accurate? Thanks for the help
  2. Canberra 70.3 was the first race for me racing in my hometown of Canberra, and my first race in Australia after doing all my racing and training in U.S. I had three goals for Canberra 70.3 1.Get my bike from Detroit to Canberra safely 2. Have fun racing in my hometown with family and friends supporting 3. Win 18-24 Age group and finish the year ranked #1 in the 18-24 ironman 70.3 rankings After a 27:09 swim in Lake Burley Griffin, a 2:24:56 ride around the city and a 1:20:23 run along the lake I accomplished 2 of those goals. Finishing in 4:16:57 in Canberra for 2nd 18-24 was a little disappointing but in reflecting on it I have learned a lot more from this race than many others I have been happy with. After going out too hard in the swim I faded in the back half and dropped off to swim a minute slower than I did in Miami 6 weeks earlier in a non wetsuit swim. The bike leg in Canberra really exposed my weaknesses on the bike after racing and training on very flat roads in the States. Descending down into Coppins Crossing I was given a dose of humble pie as a few people flew past me. I have known that my lack of time in the saddle leaves a lot to be desired in my handling skills but this opened my eyes to how much work I have to do. After getting off the bike 5 minutes behind the leader of my age group I knew I had to chase hard and opened my run with a 25:21 7km first lap on pace for a 1:16 split. After losing time in the second lap I began to fade in the 3rd lap and finished in 1:20:23. Reflecting on the race allows me to pinpoint areas that I can work on for 2014 and I believe having a slightly dissapointing race every now and then is neccessary to keep athletes honest and driven during the year. A full race report with photos and my thoughts can be found on my website at http://jamesthorptriathlete.com/2013/12/26/hometown-race-report-canberra-70-3/ All the best to everyone in the new year.
  3. Hi All thoughts on Yeppoon and Canberra 70.3 finishing up and the current lack off long distance tri's in NSW. Apart from Husky, Bateman's Bay and Forster long course , the country's biggest population still will have a limited no of these type of events. http://firstoffthebike.com/news-and-features/a-new-ironman-70-3-coming-to-australia/ Also where do you reckon the new event will be? Looking perhaps to take on Challenge because of the above events ? cheers Tritragic
  4. Mountain Biking/Running/Tubing A chance to hit the bush 25 minutes out of Canberra CBD at Murray's Corner, enjoy a day out with a friend or team mate, and challenge yourself on either the basic or advanced course. A great course with options for the faster/smarter teams to push themselves, as well as a fun basic course for beginners. For ages 8+, lunch included BYO bike, compass, tube and team mate www.iadventure.com.au
  5. Is this Australia’s Ultimate MTB Marathon? OnTheGo, Australia’s newest and fastest growing custom sports apparel company, and based right in the heart of Canberra, have teamed up with iAdventure, producers of the Husky 100, to bring you Australia’s Ultimate MTB Marathon, the ‘OnTheGo Canberra 100 MTB Marathon’ to be held in Canberra on the 8th and 9th of December, 2012. Ride sweet, sweet singletrack and Forest trails as you are sent on the ultimate riding experience, visiting everyone’s favourite Sparrow Hill, before losing yourself in the awesome trail network that we have come to know and love throughout the years that is ‘Kowen Forest’. Visit old favourites, acquaint with new delights, and never, ever ride the same trail twice. This is MTB Marathon racing at its purest, at its ultimate. The all-inclusive event centre at the Old Kowen Homestead is your one stop registration and event centre shop, where you will find a multitude of Sponsors marquees, food and coffee options, while the kids participate in a complimentary MTB Master class thanks to the good folk at Dynamic Motivation – home of Canberra’s very first MTB specific indoor spin facility. Park and Camp right by the event centre, and feel great that you are contributing to our Official Partner Charity – Soldier On. Soldier On is about Australians coming together to show their support for our wounded. It is about the ANZAC spirit, and mateship and all Australians keeping their promise to take care of our wounded warriors. We set out to deliver the Ultimate MTB Marathon Course, and we’re sure that you will agree. See you in Canberra on the 8th and 9th of December for the riding experience of a lifetime! For further information, visit the OnTheGo Canberra 100 website.
  6. OK, blatant self promotion mode on, so if mods want to move or remove, I understand. Running a cycling training camp 5-8 January 2012: Power Training Camp: Canberra 2012 </blatant self promotion>
  7. I drove up to Canberra on the Friday afternoon, with a friend who was racing and we stayed at Rydges Lakeside Hotel which is located about 2kms from the race site. We left Melbourne mid Friday morning and arrived at the hotel about 6pm Friday night. Checked into the hotel, unpacked bikes and stowed gear, refreshed with a shower after the trip up in a non-airconditioned car and then hit the town for a pasta meal. Saturday sooned arrived and an ex-Navy mate had offered to take us out on a recce ride of the 70.3 bike course, this i was keen to do as I had heard and read so much about the big hill at Coppins Crossing. The hill wasn't so much big but geez, it was steep and not being that confident on descents it was good to get to ride it in non race conditions. We finished the ride at the race site as competitor registration got underway from noon. This was probably the only poorly organised aspect of the race, there were hundreds of people registering, but the registration tent didn't appear to have any system, no age groups, no signage of where to go, and even the pro's had to line up like us mere mortals. After finally getting registered and proving my timing chip was working it was back to the hotel around noon and it was out too lunch and yes pasta again. Another friend flew up in the morning and we all went back to the race site for bike check-in and a compulsory pre-race briefing, we had to check-in there too to prove that we had actually turned up to the briefing. The briefing went for nearly an hour and the 1500 or so competitors didn't really appreciate sitting out in the hot sun only to hear what everybody already knew. Bikes checked in, safety briefing done it was time for dinner and yes even more pasta ! Race morning saw a 430am rise, tried to eat some pancake pikelets (?) with honey for breakfast but the tummy just didn't want to play and after staying awake for most of the night it was a nervous trip to transition to check in and get set up. Saturday saw Canberra quite warm with mid 20's temperatures and a cool change and showers forecasted for Sunday. Transition set up and I was off in the first wave after the Pros - 630am start. Whilst we we waiting for the Pro's to get underway, i was checking that my Garmin 310XT was ready when a guy near me asked if I have ever had any trouble with the watch and the quick release strap, to which i replied not yet, i hope you don't jinx me. Guess what ? rounding the last swim marker and i got a tap on the wrist from a guy on my left, yep, 310XT gone !!!! If i find that bloke....... The swim was a rectangular course on Lake Burley Griffin - i copped the obligator battering in the first few hundred yards but after a few minutes settled into the swim. Coming out of the water competitors were faced with the first rain storm for the day - it was bucketing down. Arrived at T1 in around 40mins which was about what i expected and of course everything there was soaked, bike socks, shoes, helmet and of course the bike, 4mins later (slow i know) i was off on the ride. Now as mentioned previously, i checked out the very steep hill / descent at Coppers Crossing on Saturday, and the torrential downpour only made me more nervous. 1st lap of the bike and it poured the whole lap, couldn't wear my riding glasses as the rain was falling so hard, visibility was poor, no Garmin, no idea of time, speed etc. Arrived at Coppins Crossing and it was time to take it very very easy going down the steep descent - at least i know my brakes work. Lap 2 and the rain started to ease and by the 3rd and final lap the rain had all but stopped and had now turned into a very warm, humid morning. Into T2 after 3:16 ride it was time to don the very wet running socks and shoes and head out for the 21.1km run. The run course is 2 x 10.5km laps of the lake, mainly on concrete with some gravel sections. There was also a small to medium undulation at the far end of the run course which certainly caught me and my legs unaware. Started the run and could feel cramps in my quads, still had now idea of time or pace. 1st lap was done in around 1 hour and it was getting even hotter. The path that surrounds the lake is a wide white concrete path and with the hot sun now out it was bouncing off the path and making the run quite hot and uncomfortable for me. Onto the 2nd lap and i really started to hurt and with the words of my coach, burning in my head about taking in the flat coke on the 2nd lap i followed his instructions to the letter. I actually started the run with some cramps but battled through, by the time i got to the 2nd turn-around point, the cramps were starting to pick up again. At arriving at the 14km mark, the heavens opened up yet again, and whilst the cool rain was welcomed, it did play a little havoc for the runners. Finally crossed the finish line in my first 70.3 race in a PB time by over 30 minutes from my race at Shepparton in 2010 over the same distance so very happy with the race. Post race, back to the hotel room for a shower and change of clothes then back in the car for the drive back to Melbourne. Finally saw the end of a very long, (but satisfying day) around midnight. Right glute / let is still a little tight but after a soak in the bay today here in Melbourne and a light spin tomorrow i hope it loosens up. In summary, i enjoyed my first 70.3 Canberra - i felt i was under-done for the bike leg, but as it turns out i was 15 mins quicker than i was at Shep in 2010. I was also about 20 mins quicker in the run. I am beginning to think that losing the Garmin in the swim allowed me to race on how i felt and not what the data was telling. I did spend most of the bike and run asking people for the time, strange i know, but I had no idea. Spoke to Garmin today and they want a Stat Dec to say how I lost the watch and if i can get it witnessed, they may consider replacing it under warranty, that would be great. Now to rest up and prepare for my 2 week new zealand cruise then back into training for Geelong Long Course in Feb. Gary Ps: End time was 6:09
  8. Ironman 70.3 Canberra is at a sell out stage folks. See full details as of this morning in the Race Directors pages... We do estimate all slots now gone by September 1st so a heads up for Trannies looking still to enter. Cheers Nick Munting
  9. Quick heads up for all Trannies that the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Canberra (Half Ironman number 11 in the ACT) is now 90% full and is expected to fill in early September or earlier. If you want to race the final Ironman 70.3 in Australia this year, qualify for one of 25 slots to the Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Lake Las Vegas, and gain the final points towads the Australian LD Team - this is it! All info and entry portal at http://www.ironmancanberra.com
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