FROM THE PRESIDENT
Thanks to all those who attended our AGM last Wednesday. I would particularly like to thank the outgoing committee members Ian Nash, Margie Gill, Marlene Power and Deb Tennant. We all very much appreciate your efforts throughout the season. The highlight of the AGM was the awarding of Life Membership to Anne Grundy and Phil Benoit. Both have been in the club for many years, having served on the committee in various positions and represented the club with distinction at triathlons around the country and overseas. Please congratulate Anne and Phil if you see them in the months ahead.
The committee is currently preparing for the season ahead and a race calendar will be available next month. Without doubt our focus will be on the Club Championships on 16th May 2015 at Forster. We are fortunate to have Vicki Tillot co-ordinating this task. While the weekend has always been about getting everyone together, let’s not pretend we will be there to go one better. To be the first country club to be both Country and overall State Championships would be a massive achievement. We were so close last time so please mark this date in your “must do’s”.
See you out there
Michael (Mick) Dougherty
IM 70.3 JAPAN RACE REPORT
By Ian Nash
For those of you who didn't hear, I finished what was a brutal race with the temperature at 32 degrees by 6:30am, with my wave starting at 8:45am. The swim was a nightmare with slow swimmers at the front and chaos for almost the entire swim. I ended up stopping at about 150m to try to find some room and estimate that there was only around 300m where I wasn't in some sort of pack.
The transition was "unusual" with change tents then a 1km run to your bike. No easy to do when you run in cleats. Then onto a flat but technical course, where the hot wind kicked in by lap 2/4 (12:00pm). Heading out for lap 4, they only had 1 drink bottle each (about 2 too short for me and I felt sorry for those behind me). Thankfully there were no mechanical issues for me and the salt tablets worked a treat to keep away cramps.
Another change tent for T2, and by now the temp was in the high 30s. Shade on the run was non-existent, BUT, the drink stations were well set up with ice water, electrolytes, salt and iced sponges. First station, I kept a sponge under my cap and squeezed some icy water as needed. I originally thought that stations every 2ish km was excessive, but would have been happy if they were at 1km intervals. The run course was around a harbour but on concrete with concrete bund walls constantly reflecting heat back at you. There were ambulances taking people away everywhere from dehydration and heat stroke, so you had to take advantage of the soaking on offer at every stop, even if your shoes were waterlogged.
In the end there was a fair bit of walking on my part, but better to make the finish slower than expected than not at all. I actually saw two collapse within sight of the finish line in front of me. In the end, I finished and I am extremely proud of how I adjusted to suit the conditions. No injuries, just some sun burn and the expected fatigue. Sorry for the novel, but I know a couple of people at home who would like to know the BRUTAL details. Thanks especially to Kris and Phoenix, and to everyone for the well wishes, see you all soon.
Oh, almost forgot....7:10:56.
HONU 70.3 RACE REPORT
By Clint Rowlings
10 excited athletes and their supporters travelled to the big island of Hawaii to compete in the Honu 70.3. The race takes place on the same roads as the Ironman World Championships and it's safe to say the course is as challenging as it is scenic.
After settling in, building bikes and sampling parts of the course, race day was upon us. A stiff breeze was up early which was always going to make the bike an honest ride. 6:53am and BOOM the cannon fires over Hapuna Beach Park. With a mass start, it was carnage at the first turning buoy. Once everyone settled down we all had the chance to enjoy one of the best views you could ask for while thrashing out 1900m.
Through the super tight transition area and out onto the Queen K Highway, the crosswind was solid but not cyclonic. After climbing to Hawi we were all greeted by a headwind that sure slowed our progress back to T2. Everyone was happy to see the palm trees of the Fairmont Orchid Hotel.
Once the run shoes were on everyone found out that this course isn't design for speed. It's hot........really hot, windy and run around cart paths and on the fairways of the golf course. To put it in perspective, Crowie finished second (before his DQ) and ran a 1:22 half marathon - over 10 minutes slower than where he regularly stops the clock. Everyone survived to finish and no doubt will have war stories that will stick with them forever.
If you want a testing course that you will be able to look back on and think "surely this race can't be as hard as the time I did Honu 70.3" then reach in that back pocket, get your credit card ready and enter this race!
Travelling with a group from Coffs to a race was awesome to say the least. The training days together, the commitment from everyone when the weather got cooler, the constant support of each other made it an absolute pleasure to watch everyone finish and feel like they were part of something special.
Below are my thoughts on everyone's experience and how I saw their experience leading into the race and their day.
Lynley Campton - took on the training 100% from the second she committed to competing. As the training increased so did the confidence. Come the finish line I believe Linley is a changed person for the experience. She should be proud of her achievements
Barry Campton - every time I did a training day with this guy he made me feel bad. I'm out there concentrating and he is smiling and telling me how much fun it is! Always a pleasure to see him on course as you are greeted with a positive comment and a big grin!
Norman Howard - dominated this race, trained consistent and the rewards were there. The course did not suit taller guys as the wind can really take its toll but Norman was rock solid and I'm sure having his family there to witness the fruits of his labour made the day all the more special.
John Fuller - the quiet achiever, went about his business and enjoyed the experience. Another guy who was here for the second time and I don't blame him one bit!
Cath Harrison - battled injury leading into the race and was unsure if she could even run come race day. She got out there and got it done with a smile. Very strong mentally to head onto a course not knowing if you would be running or limping 21k!
Bridget Diffey - committed to this event from the start. She didn't go and chose a flat easy 70.3, she threw herself into the hardest event over this distance and NAILED IT! Another person who smiles the whole way through group training, it was awesome to see the day over and see Bridget so proud of her results!
Kim Fuller - another who just threw herself in the deep end and dominated! Always turned up to training and got through the sessions without a problem. Another person who should be proud of her result. I enjoyed hearing she was "not doing another one" and two days later the thoughts had changed dramatically!!!!
Leighton Rogan - 86th out of 2000 starters........do I need to say anymore? He kept me honest on the bike from the second we decided this race was happening. It’s a pleasure to train with him and he put together a great race. When you are "racing" these events it's a game of millimetres. He was so close to having a perfect race!
Andrew Rowlings - 45th..............SERIOUSLY????? When will you slow down? Gets it right EVERYTIME and is the most patient racer I have ever seen! I hope I can be racing half as well as this pensioner when I finally retire and should be playing bowls! Helped the majority of the competitors with training and I know every one of them cannot thank him enough for not only the training program BUT also the confidence he helps everyone achieve before the gun goes off.
Clint Rowlings - bittersweet day for me. Would like to take this chance to apologise to Emma for not being 3minutes quicker and booking another trip to the big island in October! Also to Mum because in me not qualifying Dad decided that he would turn down his slot! Honestly very hard to watch him say no knowing that if I got a slot we would have been going to the big dance together!!!!!
RULE OF THE WEEK
So you’ve raced, been penalised, protested and are still not happy. Then you have the right to appeal. But if you do appeal, be aware of the rules surrounding appeals. Here’s part 1 of the Appeals rule.
Rule 8 – Appeals
A competitor may file an appeal with the Technical Delegate, or STTA representative if a Technical Delegate was not appointed, against a ruling of the Race Referee provided that the decision appealed against has not previously been the subject of an appeal and ruled upon by the Race Competition Jury.
8.1 Consideration of an Appeal (to the Race Competition Jury)
An appeal against a decision will not be considered unless:
a. The appeal is submitted to the Technical Delegate within 30 minutes of the Race Referee's decision being formally advised;
b. The appeal is accompanied by an Appeal Fee of $100.00 for all events unless the sanctioning authority imposes a lesser fee, and which will be refunded only if the appeal is upheld; and
c. The appeal is submitted in writing, preferably on a TA Race Appeal Form which can be obtained from the Technical Delegate.
Slush, mud, washing machine, driving rain, cold. Not the kind of words one would usually associate with Cairns, but this is what Mother Nature delivered to the athletes toeing the start line at Ironman Cairns on Sunday. Cairns is usually a testing course, but the weather conditions definitely added the adjectives “brutal”, “challenging” and “bloody hard work” to the descriptions.
Cameron Brown from New Zealand won the day in 8:20:15. He came from third position after the bike to take out the win with a very strong run leg. Liz Blatchford won the women’s race in 9:16:58. Hers was a very convincing race and she held first place for the duration of the race.
It deserves to be mentioned that Christine Lefeaux took out third place in her age category with an astounding 11:11:51. She never fails to deliver. Congratulations on the podium finish once again.
CHTC was again well represented and you can view the full results at http://ap.ironman.com/triathlon/coverage/athlete-tracker.aspx?race=cairns&y=2014#axzz3419XOHLb. Congratulations to all who competed and finished such a testing version of what is already a very challenging race. Well done.
ORIENTEERING THIS SUNDAY
Bush ‘n’ Beach Orienteering Club will be holding an Orienteering event at the Jetty Foreshores this Sunday 15th June from 9am to 11am. All are welcome to attend.
Please see the attached flyer_ for more details, or you can contact Helen on 0478 226 601 for more information.
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