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though it was about time I made a contribution on my experiences with triathlon. On how I got into it and why I stay involved. In 2007 I did my first triathlon. I had actually trained for a triathlon back when I was 21 (quite a while back) but managed to develop planta fasciitis which hung around for 20 years or so. Post children I decided to start running and this time I used the “coach potato to injury free running in six weeks” programme (and to be honest I was definitely a potato) – It was a total game changer. Within months I was training for my first half marathon and this kept me happy for about 3 years when running became a bit boring. It was the night before the gold coast half marathon when I picked up a brochure in the hotel room advertising a triathlon. Hmm, sounded a bit easier than a half marathon. 1.5km swim? I’d done the Byron bay swim which was 2km so didn’t seem too much of a problem. 40km bike? Used to ride my bike to work in Melbourne and that was about 10km each way - doable. 10km run? Hell of a lot less training than for a half marathon. Piece of cake I decided. 🤓 Next thing I know I’d: bought a book on triathlon training, internet wasn’t quite the font of all wisdom as it is now; purchased a bike – I decided on a mountain bike, because road bike wheels were too narrow for my nervous disposition and the book said it was OK to use them in triathlons. I also rang the organisers and asked if it was OK to ride one and they said “yep!”; sussed out a tri swim squad which was local; and, most importantly, signed up! Back then Noosa did not sell out in 8 hours. I was in! The next 16 weeks was spent training (diligently following my OD training plan from my book) and agonising about various things like cut off times, what to wear, cut off times, whether to wear socks or not, cut off times, nutrition, cut off times. All typical newbie thoughts. Getting a flat tyre was another worry, but a cycling friend came around one afternoon and I changed tyres till my fingers were black and blue. I had a ball. 🤣 Race day arrived and I fronted up in transition (still stressing about cut off times). I had my water bottle to rinse my feet off, small esky with Endura drink, 2 bananas, and a small folding chair so I could put my shoes and socks on. This was the days before they worried about athletes having more than shoes and race belt in transition. I also had my list to make sure I didn’t forget anything. When I think about it, this was the most organised I’ve ever been in transition….. I must admit that I was a bit concerned that my bike appeared to be the only mountain bike amongst the thousands there….. However, compared to cut off time phobia it was nothing in the scheme of things. The race is a bit of a blur but some highlights. Getting swamped in the swim and having a little cry halfway and swearing never to do this again. Getting lots of cheers on the bike with comments like “go the BMX” and fellow competitors as I rode up “the incline” complimenting me on my choice of bike. Hopping off the bike without needing to change a tyre 💪 Running towards the finishing line with literally thousands of people cheering. Sitting in the café eating pancakes with my family absolutely elated and planning on doing it again next year.😂 By the way, I did make the various cut offs. My time was: 3:16: 26. Swim was 38:03 (it was a VERY strong current in the canal that year because I did dog paddle quite a bit) Bike 1:38:27 and run 59:56. These times included the transitions and considering I was most diligent in washing and drying my feet and consuming my nutrition in transition not a bad time for a first race in retrospect. Fast forward to 3 November this year when I lined up for my 10th Noosa triathlon and a few things have changed. Noosa and Mooloolaba had been my main races over the years and I regularly finished in the last 5-10 of my age group (to be honest I didn’t even know there were official results for quite a few years). Kids sport interrupted a few years, then chatting with a cyclist friend one day he said if I really wanted to do better then I would have to ditch the mountain bike and actually train, and not just the river loops I’d done previously. Next thing I’m riding a borrowed road bike, doing mt coottha and corso repeats (if not in the rain then in the freezing cold). Then I’m buying my own bike, then a few years later a TT bike. Training is now a year round thing and last year I did something like 17 races, OD and sprints. Which brings me to my race report: Lobbed solo into Noosa this year. Stayed at the backpackers which was just awesome, especially when I paid the bill for 2 nights and had change from $100! I’d had a nearly perfect preparation. Actually, who am I kidding, it was a perfect prep. Didn’t miss a single training session and was as niggle free as any 57 year old has a right to be. The draw meant I was going off at a ridiculously early hour and would not be running in the heat! Oh yeah! The stars were aligning. Race day: The announcement, as I wondered back into transition after forgetting my water bottle (I always forget something, maybe I should revert to lists like I did for my very first race) that the swim would be shortened surprised me somewhat as the ocean had looked pretty good at 5:45am. Didn’t really worry much as I wandered down to the beach. When it comes to swimming, shorter is always better. Caught up with my friend and arch rival, she had decided we were going to go off together so she could keep an eye on me and then we were off. The rolling start was advertised as being implemented to improve the swim experience for the athlete… ROFL. No offence guys, but swimming with you lot is a nightmare. When a woman wacks you with a stray arm, we tend to adjust our lines and move away. When the gentlemen I was swimming with wacked me they just kept doing it, even if I swam away from them. Oh well. Ran down towards the point like everyone else did then headed into the water. A bit dumpy on the swim out, but surf doesn’t worry me much. The swim was pretty good as once I rounded the second bouy I hopped on the hip of someone who knew how to sight. Every fifth or sixth stroke I watched them lift their head then continue swimming, just like a video on how to sight. Other than getting dumped coming into shore and losing my brand new $50 goggles the rest of the swim was unremarkable. Time: 25:27 (9th of 51) T1 Ran the longest T1 transition in the world, collected my beautiful time trial bike and headed out. Flying mounts are never going to be part of my racing itinerary so clopped out well past the mount line and mounted sedately. I admit I also spent a bit of extra time putting on my socks, though I didn’t use a water bottle to rinse and dry my feet 😎 Time: 5:37 Bike: The ride out was just awesome. Even “the incline” was fun – just love the group who ring the cowbells at the next to last turn! I don’t ride with power and I don’t look at my heart rate monitor, I just ride as fast as I can, keeping half an eye on my average speed on my bike computer. I figure if I was sitting on an average of 33.5 at the bottom of “the Hill” then I was within my desired goal bike time. However, as is the way with racing, I encountered a trio of cyclists in the last 1km who were busy blocking the road as they tried to undo their shoes for a flying dismount. Honestly, if they’d just cycled flat out to the finish line, braked 100m out then unclipped at the dismount line they would have been much better off and saved themselves a minute or so. Oh well. That’s racing for you. Time: 1:09:30 (3rd of 51) 2 minute PB!!!. Oh Yeah! T2 Had been a bit concerned at my propensity to cramp on my longer runs over the last few weeks so I bought some revolting anti cramping stuff at Expo – I know, “nothing new on race day” but I figured it wouldn’t hurt anything but the taste buds – crikey it was a foul tasting concoction. Grabbed a few sips as I headed out on to the run. Bleh! Time: 2:56 Run: Had put a bit of an effort into run training this time around. It tends to be the first thing I skip if I’m feeling tired. Joined a run group and had progressed very well to the point I thought I’d be able to do a 51:xx – a personal best for 10km triathlon. As I headed out I felt really good. A most unusual sensation. Ticked through the first 2 kms dead on my target pace of 5:05 per km. It was lovely and cool as I ran along enjoying the crowd and sipping on the vomit worthy cramp stuff. 3km was a tad slower 5:10, that was OK I thought. Picked up the pace, or so I thought, to register 5:15. O oh! Not quite to plan. I knew I’d slow down at the 6 and 7 kms. 5:20km for 4th km. Sigh, I was feeling absolutely stuffed. Kept getting slower and slower till I finally walked an aid station. Was really cranky because it was so cool and I couldn’t work out why I felt so weak. Walked once or twice more before I gave myself a mental uppercut and pushed on to run the last 2kms at a more respectable pace. The run down through the crowds really does lift you and there is nothing quite like it. Time: 54:56 🤷♀️ Total time :2:38:28 for 5th in my age group. Absolutely stoked! 💃 So there it is, I finished my 10th Noosa triathlon, collected my “Legends” T-shirt (most expensive item of clothing I own) and managed a PB at the age of 57. I love triathlon. 😍 p.s. I found out when I was changing out of my tri gear why I faded so badly on the run. The 2 gels which I needed were still in my pocket. So busy sipping on the cramp stuff I totally forgot to take any calories on board. I blame old age. Either that or I’m an idiot. 🤡
OK for the old fellas out there or those with in interest.... I spent a great day going through the old newspaper archives yesterday and can now reveal.... that the pre-race entertainment at the Noosa Drive in was "Porky's II" oh and some results and pics PDF version: Noosa Tri 1983 individuals ra.pdf Love that transition area.... Note that contrary to some reports the race organiser for the first three years was always referred to as Dave Power (Marathon runner & 2 time Olympian) who owned a motel on the river at Noosaville at the time and was an active member of the Lions club (hence the location of the transition are in "Lions park"). original event was put on as a fundraiser for the Aust Olympic team and combined Dave's loves of: Sport, Olympics, Noosa tourism
Hi all Some photos from the Noosa Triathlon, and later, other parts of the Noosa Tri Multi Sport Festival: Noosa Tri: Men's Winner Peter Kerr Women's Winner Ashleigh Gentle Looking sharp Superman is in da house Panning the camera with a lower shutter speed (plenty of other examples in the gallery) Galleries: Main photo gallery on the 2012 Noosa Triathlon (339 pics): http://smu.gs/SPpI4J Extra gallery of UN-Edited images of the 2012 Noosa Triathlon (2257 pics! ): http://smu.gs/SDNvEH Thanks for looking! Regards Des