There was a great showing from SBTC on 14 & 15 November at Kawana, with the TQ State Series Aquathlon on Saturday and Queensland Tri Series Race 3 on Sunday. Thanks to Gareth Saunders for making sure we had the club tent there.
We had 8 competitors tackle the Aquathlon and more than 15 for OTS Race 3. On Saturday of the 8 competitors we had 4 people on the podium, with age group wins to Kirsty Sheehan and Michael Dixon and placings to Steph Albert and Bianca Cairns. This was followed up by a number of other podiums on Sunday. Great effort team.
After managing to Podium both days, Steph Albert has kindly ‘penned’ her thoughts on the weekend…
“On the weekend Round 3 of the Gatorade series was held at Kawana which also incorporated a new aquathon event on the Saturday- 2.5km run, 1km swim, 2.5km run. There was a small contingent that represented SBTC well with great results from all and several podiums over the 2 events. This would be my first aquathon. The majority young field set a cracking pace for the first 2.5km and left me for dead. I did my fastest ever 2.5km run by quite a bit averaging sub 4min/kms and was at the back of the field going into the swim leg. At this point my heart rate was in the high 180’s and I was asking myself ‘what have I got myself into?’. After a slow transition (yes it is hard to put on a swim cap & goggles while running) I dived into the water and looked to make up some time. I couldn’t believe how hard swimming was, it felt like I was flapping around in one spot. By the second lap I was in my groove and managed to make up some time. After sitting down to put my shoes on in transition (I haven’t mastered doing it standing) I took off on the last run leg. It was challenging but fortunately didn’t last long. I finished in 36.06 and was totally spent. I am glad I did this event but I don’t think I will be in a hurry to sign up for another aquathon. It was more painful and intense then any triathlon I have done. In hindsight some brick sessions for the run/swim would have been a good idea!
Sunday I backed up for the QTS super-sprint. I arrived with heavy legs and thought I was in for a tough day. I was very surprised at how good I felt in the swim leg. I had my best swim to date and came out of the water first. The bike course was technical but flat and the conditions were perfect. I stayed within myself on the bike and then gave everything I had left on the run leg. There was fantastic support by the SBTC gang and it really spurred me along on the run leg. I finished the race feeling great and was even more shocked to be told I came second in my age group. It was a good course and I had a lot of fun, I’ll definitely do this event again.” Stephanie Albert