In March this year, I decided I wanted to do a half ironman called the Sunshine Coast 70.3 (having never done a triathlon before, this was a big hairy audacious goal). I thought this was going to be a solitary journey of improving my swimming, riding and running. I couldn’t have been more wrong….triathlon is one of the most social sports I’ve been involved in.
About 8 weeks ago I decided to join South Bank Tri Club and it was the best decision I made in this journey. Everyone there has been so friendly and I’ve enjoyed the training sessions and have learnt so much that helped yesterday. Special mention to Emma Sunley for you sales pitch to get me to join!! Ha!
A special thanks especially Steve Williams and Di Batley for taking this newby under their wing and sharing their experiences (like don’t wear the wetsuit on the bike leg). I really appreciate you help!!!
Setting up Transition at 5am, my nerves were surprising calm but that was about the change. Changing into my newly purchased wetsuit, I suddenly felt underdone and was out of my league, I was thinking “WTF I have committed myself to?”
Seeing Manny Usman on the start line calmed my nerves a lot, as he was S%$ing himself too.
Before I knew it, we were off and the swim went relatively well, it took me a while to calm down but it was pretty much over before it began. First leg – Done and met my goal.
Really really fun until I dropped my nutrition after hitting a pothole and threw the plan out for this unelite athlete. Time for Plan B, I just needed to come up one. Thank god for aid stations.
Watching people ride through the hinterland loop, was spectacular and from this point I think I was hooked on triathlon. I wasn’t prepared for the crowds heading back to transition along where the #sbtc_greenarmy was camped, it was truly humbling. Second leg – Done and 2 minutes outside of my goal.
Ah the b$%^dy run, this is where the race really began for me, the first 10kms was a 7/10 in pain but the people on the side of the road kept me going. The second 10kms was the worst 9/10 in pain but I enjoyed that the most and that made the end more enjoyable.
The finish was spectacular, seeing my beautiful wife Melanie Tye and my newly acquired family Lynn Golding John Golding Emma Donaldson Jocelyn Kinny Cheryl Donaldson. Thank you all for coming to watch and cheer me through transitions and on the second lap when it was the toughest.
What’s next….I think I need a coach if I’m going to take this seriously, I want to improve…
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