TIME TRAVEL RACE
Bet there was some chafing in new and interesting places for all those who donned the retro tri garb for Sunday’s race. Fluoro, headbands and way to too many pairs of budgie smugglers were the order of the day. This theme could well become an annual event, so be prepared for next year and start your retro shopping.
The weather gave us a lovely window of perfect conditions for the 115 racers who participated in the latest club race. Swim times on the long course may be a little skewed due to buoys with minds of their own and a fierce determination not to stay in place. But the cycle course was remarkably puddle-free and there was only one patch to avoid on the run leg. We are one very lucky Triathlon club.
As expected, Reece Edwards had the fastest time with 0:59:22 and Jacinta Smithers was the fastest female in 1:12:22. Shannon O’Hara is showing incredible form and will no doubt be soon hot on Jacinta’s heels. Lots of members are showing the benefits of increased training over the season, with Ian Howchin, Kate Marsden, Norman Howard, Barry Campton and Ian Swanborough all showing great improvements.
Over the short course, Sam Bourke and Jai Lyons battled for first place with Sam taking the lead by just over 1 minute. Andrea Polkinghorne was first female in 45:50. It will be very interesting when these guys graduate to the long course. Watch this space.
Lots of first-timers took to the course to test themselves in triathlon. Congratulations to all who are taking their first steps into our much-loved world of triathlon.
A big shout out has to go to Joshua Doak who was possibly the best start line timekeeper to date. No-one could have been in doubt about where we were up to in the handicap times. Well done Josh. You’ll be a hard act to follow.
And finally, kudos to Martin Rose who tirelessly enters the data and hands out timing chips and race numbers for new racers every race day, makes sure we all cross the mat before and during the races, processes the results and allows us obsess over our results after each race. Thanks Martin.
Like Crowie on the bike at Kona, time is zooming fast which means our Christmas Party is also fast approaching. It’s guaranteed to be a fun, laid back night that will give everyone a chance to relax and socialise with like-minded triathletes. The location will be fantastic – Mangrove Jacks at the Promenade on Harbour Drive.
Don’t forget to get your RSVP into Marlene Power ASAP by dropping her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Details of the party are in the attached flyer. Hope to see you all there!
It was a relatively quiet weekend for away racing. See if you can locate CHTC members in the following results.
And if you were in these or any other races, we’d love to hear all about it. Just submit a brief race report to email@example.com.
ONES FOR THE CALENDAR
· Ironman 70.3 Canberra
15 December 2013. Touted as “one of the most scenically diverse courses on the circuit”. Entries are still open and it has 25 slots for Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Lake Las Vegas, Henderson, NV.
TREADMILL FOR SALE
If you are in the market for a treadmill, get touch with Andrew Rowlings on 0434718274 or firstname.lastname@example.org. He has been contacted by someone wanting to sell theirs for $450 ONO. Great for those stormy days and no excuses for missing a run.
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