True to form, Kona gave competitors a hot, blustery island day for the 2014 Ironman World Championships on the weekend.
And also true to form, an Australian was one of the winners – there has been an Australian winner in either the men or women’s race every year since 2006.
Mirinda Carfrae gave the race of her life to take out her third Ironman title by making up almost 15 minutes during the marathon to take the win in 9:00:55. This included a blistering 2:50:26 marathon. Carfrae is now the fourth woman to win three titles or more, joining the likes of Paula Newby-Fraser, Natascha Badmann and Chrissie Wellington.
Germany dominated the men’s race with Sebastian Kienle winning in 8:14:18. USA’s Ben Hoffman was just over 5 minutes behind, followed by Germany’s Jan Frodeno who has made a very successful transition from ITU racing to Ironman. Tim Van Berkel was the first Australian over the line in 7th place and a time of 8:23:26. Craig Alexander’s John Farnham-style return to Ironman saw him come in at 13th place in 8:36:25. Not bad for someone who retired from Iron distance racing in an emotional farewell at Melbourne Ironman back in March.
Full results are available HERE.
But most CHTC members were glued to their computer/phone/tablet screens to watch Sinclair Black racing for Team Tour de Cure. Hopefully we will get a full report when he gets back, but looking at his splits it would appear that Sinclair executed a near-perfect race and crossed the line in 12:10:01. Congratulations Sinclair and we can’t wait to hear about it when you get back.
Judy Chesney would like to warn cyclists doing early morning rides west along Northbank Road, Bellingen that they need to be aware that with daylight savings motorists travelling this road to the east are driving directly towards the sun.
The sun is absolutely blinding at this time of the morning and cyclists should understand that oncoming traffic CANNOT see them.
Judy travels this road every day and so far has been fortunate to miss the cyclists at the worst point of the road - sometimes by only a few minutes. Last week she had to stop her car on the crest of the hill because she could not see ahead due to the glare. The crest of the hill and the first winding bits are the worst for motorists.
Please be careful! This is an accident waiting to happen.
This goes for anyone out riding early in the morning, or late afternoon when the sun can be particularly blinding. Please remember to always ride safely, defensively and ensure you are visible to traffic.
We are going hard for the big one at this season’s Club Championships. Winning Country Club Champions & missing out on the overall Club of the Year prize by a measly 3 points has made us all the more hungry for the title.
NSW Club Championships will be held on Saturday 16th May 2015, starting at Forster Main Beach. You have been given PLENTY of notice, so save the date and be sure to include this race in your season’s calendar.
It’s always a huge weekend, with a great race in a fantastic location followed by a club get-together that includes pizza, drinks & loads of friendly banter. But for CHTC to take out Club of the Year, we need the participation of as many club members as possible. You can join in by racing, volunteering or acting as TO. Every participant gives points to the Club, and as we learnt last year, EVERY POINT COUNTS!
Vicki Tillott has put together an information sheet with lots of details and it is attached to this newsletter. Please express your interest as soon as possible so we can get an idea of numbers. Any questions can be directed to Vicki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2nd Adventurethon was held on the weekend and CHTC was well represented. Some of our members excelled and there were plenty of podium finishes across all events.
Although the weather was warm and the sun was shining, the wind was strong, particularly on Sunday. Jarad Kohler defended his title and won the main Ultra Adventurethon once again in 4:26:28. Our own club president, Michael Dougherty, won his category in the Enduro in 3:41:23 and Tim Jacobs was only 2s behind him! Joel Harrigan took out the Dirty Duathlon line honours, while Bree Rooney was the first individual to come home in the Taste of Adventurethon, and Jai Lyons won the Junior Adventurethon. All impressive results. Congratulations to these winners and all who participated. And a big thanks to all the volunteers, sponsors and race organisers that helped put it all together. Full results can be found at http://adventurethon.com.au/events/coffs-harbour/results/.
This event is fast becoming a fixture on the adventure racing calendar and we look forward to seeing this event in Coffs Harbour next year.
Michelle Clarke will be doing a uniforms order on Monday 24th November.
This will be the only one order this year. The next one will be in January.
Michelle has a few samples that you can try on and she will have them at the next Club race on 26th October. Or if you can’t get to the race, just contact Michelle and you can arrange to pick one up from her work to try on.
To place an order or to try on various sizes, please contact Michelle on 0412 091 449 or email Shellclarke88@gmail.com.
Judy Chesney has put together an at-a-glance calendar of various training sessions that CHTC members can access. Some are coached, some are informal.
Please see the attached calendar for details. If anyone would like to add anything, please email Judy at email@example.com.
OUR CLUB RACES FROM AN OFFICIAL’S POINT OF VIEW
Allan Harrison is a fully accredited TA Official and was present at our last club race to offer tips and advice on the rules and regulations of triathlon. He has put together this report after the race and is aimed to help members ensure they don’t receive unnecessary breaches at away races. Thanks Allan, firstly for coming to the race, but also for putting together this report.
What to expect when we move on from Club Races to higher level sanctioned events
Club Races generally are conducted in a relaxed environment designed to emphasise participation and enjoyment, especially for less experienced members, while observing necessary safety aspects. However, sanctioned events at a higher level invariably involve processes and procedures which are essential due to the much more serious and competitive nature of those events and the sheer numbers of competitors. These processes can come as a culture shock for the un-initiated.
Further to my “walk around” in transition at the Club Race on 5th Oct, I’m sure that there are any number of members who I didn’t reach so here are some thoughts on what to expect:
1. Check in.
The Check In process into transition will be closely controlled for safety reasons. The transition Area will be fully enclosed.
After visiting the registration tent or office to collect your race kit, you will proceed to a transition check in gate where your bike and helmet will be subjected to a brief visual check by a qualified Technical Official. You will be required to wear your helmet, fastened and worn as you will wear it during the event (e.g. if you wear a cap under the helmet that’s how you present yourself). The helmet strap adjusters should be under the ear lobes, not under the chin. You will also be required to have the seat post number (if supplied) fixed to the seat post, helmet sticker (if supplied) fixed to the front or right side of the helmet (not the left), bike security sticker (if supplied) fixed in a prominent position on the bike for identification purposes when leaving after the race is over. If you have been given a timing chip, this should be worn on the left ankle (not the right) for safety reasons.
Please ensure that you have done all of these things BEFORE you present yourself at the check-in gate. It’s a very busy and congested place and you will be turned away if you are not fully prepared as outlined above.
Once in Transition you should proceed to rack your bike, either:
Please don’t spread your gear out widely, be considerate of others racking around you.
Large bags, tubs of water etc. are not permitted to be left at your bike rack position, only the specific items you need for the race e.g., shoes, cap, sunnies etc. neatly laid out on a towel beneath/alongside your bike. For safety reasons, any large bags etc. will be removed by officials once Transition is closed.
Finally, once you have prepared your equipment, look around you and ensure that you can identify where your bike is located. Flags, balloons etc. may not be displayed as a means of identifying your bike position.
2. Leaving after the race
In fairness to competitors still racing, you will not be permitted to collect your bike and leave transition until the Race Director re-opens transition for that purpose. That usually happens when the last runner enters the run course. In events having large numbers of competitors that can mean a long wait before you can leave. Please remember that slow competitors and those in later waves are entitled to an unobstructed run through transition, just as you had.
ON YA BIKE BREAKFAST
Coffs Harbour City Council are holding the On Ya Bike breakfast on Sunday 2nd November from 7 – 9:30am at the Coffs Harbour TAFE campus in Glenreagh Street. The event is held on the same day as the Sustainable Living Festival (Botanica) which is in the Botanic Gardens.
The idea of the community breakfast is to encourage people to ride their bike. By holding it on a weekend, they hope to encourage families to ride together to the Festival. For many years the breakfast has been held in City Square, which is always a popular event, with the average attendance being approximately 230 participants. This year, CHCC are looking to increase that number and widen the demographic to include non-commuters and families. It will also convey a “sustainable transport” message to Festival goers, relieving the demand on parking and congestion in the vicinity of the Botanic Gardens.
CHCC are encouraging triathlon and cycle clubs to participate. This could be in the form of conducted rides, demonstrations, information stalls or just some assistance with the running of the breakfast. If anyone is interested in helping out, please contact Ann Shearer, Road Safety Officer at CHCC on 6648 4414 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE THREE STAGES OF TRIATHLON
From Judy Chesney
(With apologies to anybody experiencing real grief and loss issues)
You might think that you know the three stages of triathlon - but new triathletes need to understand the other three stages. Denial, Bargaining and Acceptance.
These three stages can happen at any time during your training or racing and are readily recognizable. Knowing which stage you are in can help you move through it.
1. Denial -This can happen at the beginning of a race or training session and can be accompanied by tears, nausea, stomach butterflies or repeated trips to the toilet.
The inner dialogue may be – I can’t do this; What have I done?; There’s been a mistake; Surely they don’t expect me to do this; No way!.
2. Bargaining - This stage early in an event or training is recognisable by the inner dialogue -
I will just do the warm up; I’ll start slow ; Ok – the first set; Maybe one more; Alright, a little bit further; I will just go through the motions; Just the next bit.
3. Acceptance – You recognise this stage when you are no longer concerned about every little ache or pain in your body or how exhausted you may be and commit to continuing. This often occurs when you pass the midpoint of the training /race. You might start thinking about the next race stage, what you will do after the race, where you will go and what you will eat after the race. Planning the week’s menu? Or heaven forbid the next race.
And now here’s the kicker, it’s a triathlon so you may keep repeating these three stages over and over for each leg of a race/training or within each leg. Just when you think you’ve reached the acceptance stage back will come the denials and you have to repeat it all over again.
The good news is once you’ve finished you will wonder what all the fuss has been about. Within a very short time you will scheduling your next event.
Welcome to the addictive world of triathlon. :)
ONES FOR THE CALENDAR
“Fatigue makes cowards of us all”. - Vince Lombardi
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