Well the Bribie Round 2 crew decided the SBTC Media Officer couldn’t always just be badgering clubmates for race reports and should have a crack himself, so here goes and I know it’s a long one!.
We had a small but supportive crew for Bribie Tri Series Round 2 on Sunday the 29th November. Our group was all at completely different parts of their preparation and season. For a number of those completing the long course (1/30/8 distance) this was either their second or third weekend of racing in a row. Tarn and Magnum Bennett, and Graham Bonnett all did an inspiring job backing up from the Olympic Distance at Kingscliff the week before, and are all following up with Robina this weekend! Matt van Pelt is in a big block of training getting ready his first 70.3 distance race and after big sets on Thursday and Friday still ran a great race. Our own Ironman Hall of Famer, Teresa Kunaeva, backed up from the Hervey Bay 100 the week before, in a truly inspring effort, and we will be hearing more from Teresa in the club emails in the new year. For one of our newer triathletes, Greta Dodd who tackled the short course, this was her first race trusting herself with cleats on the bike and all went well. And last but certainly not least, whilst not racing Michelle Cordon was there as chief photographer and cheer leader.
As for me, I headed into the race in a rather different space in terms of preparation and plans for this season. I hit the 14/15 tri season pretty hard with my first Noosa and an OD PB in Nov 14, and followed up by my first half iron distance race at Tweed Enduro back in March. In contrast my plans for the 15/16 season are much more modest as I take a bit of a break from the heavier load of last season and balance family, work, training and hopefully giving something back to the club by being on the committee. So my only goal is to do a respectable effort Mooloolaba next March which for me is anything better than 31 km/hr on the bike and sub 5m30s per km on the run. As such since Tweed I had a decent break from swimming and haven’t ridden much, and whilst I had kept running, had packed on a few kilos which negated the running efforts. So with all that in mind I thought I’d better enter one tri before the new year to get myself riding and swimming again, so I entered the race with just a few weeks back on the bike and only a few swims.
Bribie is a bit of a favourite for me, I did my first ever tri there over the short course just over 10 years ago – and somehow got my 1 and only every tri podium that day. (As a side note I recently found the Courier Mail clipping I kept with the results of that race and noticed that the winner of the junior boys race that day was one S. Betten……but I digress). Also, the long course of 1/30/8 is a great distance to make you feel like you’ve had a decent hit out without completely smashing you.
With that long winded story you can see that I had no real expectations for the race and just wanted to get back out racing again. So the night before I put my tri bars on my bike for the first time since May, and having done Coach Drew’s transition training a few weeks ago went down my street to practice my rolling mounts and dismounts.
Just before the start Matt (who was starting 8 minutes behind me) and I tried to guess when he would catch me on the bike, and decided he would get me somewhere on the 3rd of 3 bike laps. With the fabulous tide assisted swim, it was a ‘deeepwater’ start and I lined up near Magnum for our wave start.
Swims at Bribie with the tide are always fun and I knocked out a 15m for the 1 km swim. The bike had a slight headwind on one angle, but was a pretty straightforward ride……except I failed in my rolling mounts and dismounts (fortunately without a major stack) so more practice is defo required. I knocked out the ride in just under 29 km/hr which at my stage of preparation on that course was fine, and was hoping to then hold 5m30s per km on the run. Oh – and Matt caught me right on the dismount line of the bike, only to get a good minute on me in transition cause I am crap at it and then had a mess up with my elastic laces.
Well it was pretty obvious within 500m of the start of the run that Drew is right and you really should train with running off the bike, so a lack of that combined with pretty hot conditions meant 5m45s per km was going to be the norm this time out. So I set my sights on slowly reeling Matt in, which I did halfway through the third of three laps……..only to find with about 700m to go he came back at me and warned me of his sprint finish. With that in my own mind I said well I’m in my mid-40s and he is a 20 something so ‘off you go son’ and Matt sprinted away!
I crossed the line with fantastic support from the rest of the Green Army, with the commentator even noting how much support I was getting – thanks guys! So for me just to get back out there and get around was what I was after, and gives me a benchmark as I head into my MooTri training program. Biggest thing for me was getting to know some clubmates better, and thanks to Matt for bringing the tent back.
I’ll always make sure I do 1 or 2 Bribie’s a season, as a northsider I can get there in under 50 min and it is a nice relaxed atmosphere, so if you’ve never had a crack I can highly recommend you trying to fit one of the 4 Bribies a season into your racing calendar.