For those of you that don’t know us, we are a husband and wife ‘team’ that’s fairly new to the sport of triathlon. Tarn is a very good swimmer who..er..shall we say ‘dislikes’ running and I am a keen runner who is not a very good swimmer. We both like riding bikes so it seemed logical we would meet in the middle and take up triathlon.
We’ve done probably 20-30 sprint tri’s and taken some of the longer distance options when available, but we had never done a full Olympic Distance until Sunday.
We were both very nervous about it (crapping ourselves actually) but were pleased to see that the weather gods were fairly kind to us on the day. It was very hot in Brisbane but only around 26-28 degrees at Kingscliff and the wind, which was predicted to be quite strong earlier in the week wasn’t too bad.
The swim went well. Really well. Definitely the fastest swim I have ever done, thanks mainly to a fast-flowing current (mercifully in the right direction this time!), but also to a lot of hard work and training. But still, my superfish of a wife overtook me in the swim, even though I had a 4 minute head start on her!
On to the bike and the wind was gusty, but mostly a head wind, which is a bit easier to deal with than a cross wind when you have deep section rims on your bike. I managed to catch up to the missus on the 2nd lap 🙂
We were both a bit concerned about the run, as we knew from having done the sprint tri there many times, that there was a fairly steep hill up Moss Street straight out of transition. This is fine when you only have to do it once, not so good when you are buggered at kilometre 6! As it turned out though it really wasn’t that bad.
We both had a very realistic goal of finishing our first OD in under 3 hours and we both managed to smash that, so we were both stoked.If someone had told us 2 years ago that we would even finish an OD, let alone in that time, we would have told them they were crazy, but that’s what joining an awesome triathlon club can do for you – not just help you achieve your goals, but smash ‘em.
We certainly could not have done it without the excellent training, support and friendship of SBTC. We both love this club and the new friends we have made. Special mention to Simon Brooker and his mate Tiffany Dahl who came down to the event just to show support. Thanks again guys, we really appreciated it.
There were a few other club members participating in various events on the weekend, but big shout outs to Steph Albert, Bianca Cairns and Katelyn Effeny who all podium-ed (again!) – well done guys, damn impressive and inspirational to the rest of us. Big thanks to Glenn Grice for taking the club tent to the event too.
Now, as soon as everything stops hurting its back into serious training and bring on Mooloolaba and Noosa!”