CHRISTMAS PARTY – LAST CHANCE TO RSVP
We need final numbers for the Christmas party by 1st December. If you would like to attend, please let Marlene Power know ASAP. You can RSVP to Marlene at email@example.com.
The party will held at Mangrove Jack’s at the Promenade, Harbour Drive at 6:30pm. For $20 you get a great venue with a great view, great company plus all the nibbles you can eat! For catering purposes, tickets need to be prepaid via EFT to the Club bank account (BSB 704 328 Account No 197693 S11). Please use your name as the reference in the transaction.
By Kath Porter
Just wanted to share what I love about this sport and the people in it. Yesterday, I had one of THOSE days! You know what I mean – from start to finish, everything seems to go wrong. It was a beautiful day, so why not go for a ride? Out to the bike…flat tyre. Oh well, just change it and get going. Tyre fixed and ready to go, but no other spare tube. Not to worry I thought, I’ve got a puncture kit (also thinking smugly that I won’t get another flat today). Everything going along swimmingly until Lyons Road and pssssssssssssssssss…yep, a flat tyre! Not to worry – I’ll just have to fix the puncture. Well, I must say that puncture kits are wonderful things, IF YOU CAN FIND THE @&*! PUNCTURE!!! For the life of me, I couldn’t find where the air was escaping. What to do? Along comes my first saviours of the day in the form of David and Julie Reynolds. They provided me with a spare tube and went on their merry way – thank you David and Julie! Tube inserted, all going well. Putting the back wheel back on and the chain slips off the front chain ring and somehow manages to twist itself in two places. Gah!!!!! Do you think I could untwist it? Nope. Along comes my second set of saviours (unknown to me) for the day who help me to untwist the chain. Back in business!!! Finally back on the road after about 30 frustrating minutes.
However, the reason for my little story is this. I cannot believe the bike camaraderie I received on the road. Besides said saviours above, I must have had at least ten other offers of help from other cyclists riding past, and it made me feel so much better. So, if you are ever out on the road and see someone in a pickle like I was, please either stop or ask if there is anything you can do to help. Because one day it could be you that needs that help.
Thank you to my saviours and long live camaraderie in our sport!
PS. David and Julie – I owe you a new tube J
WHO ARE THE PEOPLE IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD?
It’s been a while since we’ve met someone from the Club.
Introducing Anne Grundy, a long term member of the club and a regular at club races and many away races. But let’s allow Anne to tell you a bit about herself.
Anne soaking up the pre-Kona atmosphere
(with Andrew Rowlings)
Mostly get called Grundy
The luxury of retirement! Every day is the same, wake up and think “ho hum what will I do today”?
What is your best attribute?
Not really caring about times or where I come in a race
What is your worst attribute?
Not really caring about times or where I come in a race, although I must confess I peruse the results.
How long have you been doing triathlons?
First triathlon was 1988, aged 40.
How did you first get into triathlon?
I was doing laps at the pool, and running 10km fairly regularly, saw the sign for the Coffs Triathlon and in my naivety I thought I can do that, got my ladies pushbike out of the shed and trained for it. I did not cut the custard with my gear or clothing but had such a fabulous time I was hooked. Gradually got the right "look".
Do you play any other sports?
Only since retirement I have taken up golf. The 2 sports are perfect partners.
Your favourite part of triathlon?
Love getting to the run,
Your least favourite part of triathlon?
Hate standing around in tight wetsuit waiting to start.
Best or most memorable race?
Most exciting was first time I won a spot for Kona, nothing was further from my mind, and then I won the raffle, return flight to Kona, very exciting time. Incidentally, had a woeful race in Kona.
What do you do when you are not working, racing or training?
Lying down, playing golf, drinking coffee, bit of housework here and there.
Any advice for people new to triathlon?
Take it easy, don't get the best gear, work up to it slowly, same with the racing, people that turn up with all the gear and try and blast the race don't seem to last, the slow and steady hang about for years. It's a great way to age gracefully.
Do you have a goal race for the season?
Continue racing regularly.
Do you have a goal race for triathlon in general?
I would like to be the oldest woman at Kona, my secret dream.
What is the first thing you do when you finish a race?
Enjoy the endorphins.
CHTC was well represented in the 70.3 distance Challenge Forster. The event also included Sprint & Enticer distances. By all accounts it was a fantastic day, despite a few teething problems with traffic which the organisers have vowed to eliminate next year. Results are available at http://eliteenergy.com.au/results.html#.UpMEacRmA2s. Congratulations to all who participated.
If you were in these or any other races, we’d love to hear all about it. Just submit a brief race report to firstname.lastname@example.org. Like the way Peter Giddins did in the following race report from the Hervey Bay 100!
“SUFFER IN PARADISE” HERVEY BAY 100
By Peter Giddins
This quality course comprised a triangular swim course (2x1km laps), 4x20km ride and an 18km run. The ride course is generally flat with a fairly smooth road surface. The ride course followed the shoreline through four of the five towns that make up Hervey Bay. The roads were closed to traffic for the event. The run was also on a 3km length of the shoreline on a walking /cycle track, well treed and with 4 vital drink stations. 3laps = 18kms.
Sunday 17 November started out at approximately 20 degrees at 7am (EST) rising to 28 degrees at 11:30. 322 individuals and 68 teams entered the event. Four Coffs Tri Club members made the journey up the coast.
Richard Pearson would have come in at least third overall had he not succumbed to a back problem. Richard withdrew on the run leg. Andrew Rowlings put in a very clinical and masterly performance to take out his age group and finished 13th overall in 4 hours 11 minutes (38/2:14/1:18). Andrew finished 23 minutes in front of the second placed in his age group. This bloke definitely needs lead in his saddlebags.
Lachlan Binet stepped up from club races to this event for the first time and came in at 120 overall at 4 hours 54 minutes (36/2:37/1:41). A fine effort for a first outing at the longer distance. Peter Giddins came in at 234 overall in 5 hours 46 minutes (42/2:57/2:07) to score third and last in his age group (60+). The paradise was the coke and ice at each drink station –the suffering was between drink stations.
Overall it was a well-planned and well-executed event. At half the cost of the usual half ironman and with an abundance of accommodation and eateries one should forget Noosa, Forster Challenge and the PM Half. This excellent event has now been road tested and needs to go on the reader’s to do list.
ONES FOR THE CALENDAR
BIKE FOR SALE
Clint Rowlings is selling his trusty steed. It’s a Specialized Shiv Tri race ready bike, size medium. It has Sram Red groupset, and has only been owned for 18months. Price and inclusions are as follows:
If you’re interested you can call Clint on 0417 219 154.
"I realise that I've been blessed with health and strength to overcome not only the kilometres on the road, but also to overcome the hard times in life when you want to throw in the towel. When I cross the line now, it's a celebration of the fact that I didn't quit." - Tasya Lacy
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