SUNDAY RACE REPORT
You would think that the high temperatures and humidity would have slowed people down in the club race on Sunday. But the conditions just played into the hands of those who have kept up their training momentum over the Christmas break, with an incoming tide, virtually no wind resistance on the bike and a hot run helping to produce some PBs.
Nothing was getting in the way of Lyndal Green & Sarah Marsden who both came over the line in around 67 minutes, with Lyndal in the lead by just 25 seconds. Joe Kane gave us another killer run leg (under 20 minutes!!) to take the win, with Glen Price only a couple of minutes behind in 2nd place.
There were also incredibly slick times from Briana Rooney, Ian Howchin, Jess Dougherty, Kathy Ward and Rebecca Varney, all of whom have put in consistent training to produce these results. Well done.
The short course was also well-patronised and it was good to see our handicapper Martin Rose on the course again. Tim Martin was the first male home in 38:46 and Joanne Fergusson was the first female in 43 minutes exactly. Some of us who had indulged a little too much over Christmas, or were perhaps resting after big races at the end of last year, also took the opportunity to get back into the swing of the year with the short course.
And as always, it was great to host some visiting triathletes who were here on holidays and show them just how lucky we are to have such a picturesque & tri-friendly race venue.
We are well and truly back to normal racing mode and the next few months is incredibly busy, with races in the region almost every weekend from now until April.
Our next club race is on 1st February. See you there!
JUNIORS AT ROBINA
By Andrew Rowlings
With 2015 barely a few weeks old, Coffs Harbour Triathlon Club has trialled a new initiative in the development of its junior athletes with an away race on the Gold Coast.
Financial support from the club ensured that any of the younger members could attend without needing to be too concerned with financial constraints, with transport, fuel, food and accommodation all at minimum cost to the athletes. All had to cover their own race entry, Saturday swim entry fee and a $40 weekend fee.
For the majority of the group, this was new ground: heading away to a larger event without parents available to assist in those little tasks that get taken for granted. Although there was adult supervision, the onus was on the individual to take responsibility for themselves.
Starting with the Saturday bus trip, we arrived only just in time for the scheduled midday swim, due largely to an accident on the highway that caused traffic delays. With no warmup, the group sampled Clear Island Lake with either a 500m or 1500m open water swim with about 60-70 others including Courtney Atkinson.
Sam Burke was first out of the water in the 500m, while Zoe Burgess, Tenielle Stubbs and Elora Croaker took the podium for the females. Isaiah Koopmans was the only athlete to opt for the 1500m version, and was happy with his effort, despite being behind top guns Atkinson and Shane Barry.
Sunday was HOT... and with a total field of around 1500 participants, there were a lot of people on course for either the Enticer or Sprint distance race.
Taking advantage of their early start time Enticer competitors Ben Martin, Connor Herring and Michael Ylinen kick-started racing for the Coffs Harbour Triathlon Club touring party. Michael exited the water in eighth, rode into the top five and despite easing up a little on the run, took second in his age division. Not far behind was Connor, happy to sneak inside his pre-race goal time of 40 minutes.
With his gears already locked out, Ben was at a disadvantage in his category with most electing to race with open gearing. He did benefit when he hit the run course though, and looked stylish as he finished strongly.
As temperatures continued to rise, Matt Marsden, Sam Burke and Isaiah Koopmans hit the water in the 750m/20km/5km event. There was not much between them into T2, with Sam surging to the front on the bike, as Isaiah had his first real hitout on the Felt TT from Ventoux Cycles and looked comfortable. Matt tempered his efforts initially, due to some back soreness, but pushed hard into T2. Out on the run and all three immediately felt the intensity of the sun, along with high humidity, but settled into a rhythm quickly.
Run splits were not fast across the board, and our guys were no different, ensuring hydration was a priority. Not quite on the podium, but all three finished well up in the field, some of whom they will meet at All School Nationals should they reach that level.
Competing in by far the most oppressive conditions of the day, Elora Croaker, Zoe Burgess and Tenielle Stubbs were the third-last wave of the event, hitting the water at 9:40am NSW time. The older girls were not separated by much out of the water, but a quick transition had Tenielle onto the bike with a slender margin from Zoe, while Elora was a couple of minutes back. A strong bike leg put Zoe into T2 ahead of Tenielle, but the positions were reversed at the finish as Tenielle ran extremely strongly. Elora toughed it out for a well-earned finisher’s medal, and exhibited the internal drive necessary to combat tough conditions.
All the juniors were impressive, both on and off the race course. Their behaviour, humour, focus and tenacity were all on display at certain times throughout the two days, and all received an A+ for their overall conduct.
From a personal point of view, I believe this is an initiative that should be expanded if at all possible. Having been a member of Coffs Harbour Triathlon Club since the late 1980’s, with many of those years having Committee involvement, club funding at this level is the best possible investment in the future of the club. In my opinion, the financial support forthcoming from the committee for this venture comes very close to the best money spent in my time with the club.
A huge thanks to those with the foresight to back the weekend.
Also a huge thanks to Tina Benoit for her “chaperone” role over the two days: even a bout of food poisoning could not keep her away from race day.
Phil Benoit’s services were invaluable, whether as navigator, coach, caterer or bus driver, this would not have eventuated without his participation.
There were a few hiccups (I lost the keys to the bus), but overall most things went smoothly. As we get feedback from those who participated, hopefully it can be included in upcoming editions of the newsletter.
JUNIOR RACE IN ROBINA
By Michael Ylinen
The CHTC junior away race in Robina was a HUGE success. Of course there were a few slip ups along the way, but mistakes are all part of the experience. All in all the trip ran smoothly. Every competitor tried their absolute best and performed very well both mentally and physically, especially difficult thanks to the insane temperatures. Everyone should be proud of their efforts.
The most notable performances include Sam Burke 1st place male overall 500m open water swim, Zoe Burgess 1st place female overall 500m, Tenielle Stubbs 2nd place female overall 500m, Elora Croaker 3rd place female overall 500m, Michael Ylinen 2nd place under 16s enticer triathlon, Connor Herring 5th place under 16s enticer triathlon, Tenielle Stubbs 5th place under 19s sprint distance.
I would like to give yet another huge thankyou to Andrew, Phil and Tina for the amount of work they put in and for putting up with our amazing singing in the bus. I’m sure we were difficult but you guys made such a huge impact on how we prepared, performed and recovered. My knowledge on everything triathlon related has really increased and I think that was the main purpose of this trip.
Also an extra special thanks to Tina for being such a brilliant photographer, cheerleader, chef and for still doing your best even though you were suffering from food poisoning.
On behalf of everyone involved in this 'adventure' thankyou SO much for everything you have done and giving up your weekend for us annoying teenagers. CONGRATULATIONS!!!
CORE CONDITIONING FOR TRIATHLETES
By now we all now the benefits to be gained in triathlon by having a strong core. So to help put that theory into practice, Coffs Coast Health Club are putting on a Strength & Core Conditioning course for Triathletes.
The course will start on 28th January and run for 10 weeks, from 5:30pm – 6:30pm each week. The cost of $159 for the whole course is an exclusive price for CHTC members.
Further details are on the attached flyer, or you can contact Glen Barnett on 0411 037 097 or email@example.com if you require more information.
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