2 WEEKS TO GO!!!
This is such a wonderful time of year (except for the magpies – they’re not wonderful at all). When the weather warms up and the days start to get longer, the new tri season lies ahead with all those potential PBs, course records and fantastic races. The anticipation of the new season is one of the best bits about triathlon.
So make sure you’re going to be a part of it by getting yourself registered well before our first race on 21st September. If you know anyone who wants to give it a go but not commit to the full season just yet, please ensure they know to go to our website at www.coffstri.com and complete the One Day Registration by 12 midday on the day before the race.
Please note that during the upcoming season there will be NO REGISTRATIONS ON THE DAY OF A CLUB RACE. ALL REGISTRATIONS, WHETHER THEY BE FOR CLUB MEMBERSHIP OR ONE DAY MEMBERSHIP, MUST BE DONE ONLINE 24 HOURS BEFORE A RACE. This process will streamline our race days, as with increasing numbers of participants it is imperative we get underway on time each event.
Our 2014-2015 race calendar is available on our website. Go to http://www.coffstri.com/events--results.html to see what’s in store for the season.
Membership for season 2014/15 is now available through at www.trinsw.org.au.
As was the case last season you will join both CHTC and TRINSW at the same time. Also you will need to select a duty and a duty date before completing the process. The selection of your duty when joining CHTC is used as a guide only. You will be notified via Duty Man as to which duty you have been allocated.
When you pay your Coffs Harbour Triathlon Club membership, this includes your social membership for the Coffs Harbour Yacht Club.
Can’t wait to see what the new season will bring! See you on the 21st!!
(PS if you need some practice before our first race, then why not try the Blueberry Hills Duathlon on 14th September? It’s a 7.2km run, 37km ride and 7.2km run. Details are below in the “Calendar” section).
COFFS RUNNING FESTIVAL
The weather gods were smiling on us again on Sunday where many of our members competed in the various distances on offer at the Coffs Running Festival – 21.1km, 10km, 5km or 3km. And some of you posted some incredibly fast times. How about those training for IM Malaysia who did the 10km run then kept on going into the half marathon?
As expected, Steve Moneghetti took out first place in the half marathon. No-longer-local (but we’ll claim him anyway) Daniel Stein was first in the 10km. Good to see Dan back in form.
The good people at RETRO have put together a little video of Half Marathon and 10km races. It’s available for view on their Facebook page. Check it out HERE. Good to see so many familiar faces out there and giving it a go. And thanks to de facto CHTC member Emma for filming & editing & sharing.
Congratulations to everyone who competed. Full results for all events are available HERE.
And well done to Village Sports for putting on yet another professionally-run, friendly local event.
Village Sports would also like to extend a big thanks to the few CHTC members who volunteered their services in the setting up and packing up for the event. All volunteers went into the draw to win one of six breakfast vouchers at Charlie’s Restaurant at Pacific Bay Resort. Breakfast at Charlie’s offers a full buffet with choice of hot meals, pastries, fruit and cereals. Michelle Clarke and Mick McFarlane were lucky enough to have their names drawn as a thank you for their services. They will be sampling Charlie’s wares and will be able to give us all a review, just in time for us to volunteer to help out at the bcu Coffs Tri in March 2015!
YAMBA TRIATHLON RACE REPORT
By Pim Heaney
If truth be told, I only entered this race because my husband won free entry after we both competed in the event last year. I was glad the distance had come down to Olympic and the course had been slightly altered. I didn’t have a great race last year.
As usual, apprehension and nerves took hold in the weeks leading up to the race and these were compounded by the bout of cold, windy and wet weather we’ve been having of late. It wasn’t until the week before that I realised that I hadn’t been in cold water or worn my wetsuit since last season. Oops! So there I was on Saturday morning, trying not to shiver and trying to get my head around the race ahead. The 500m long, cold, barefoot walk on concrete to the swim start didn’t help. It was great to see some familiar faces from CHTC all thinking the same thing!
But once in the water for the deep water start, the focus changed. It was all about getting through the next few metres with the best effort I could muster. The water, thankfully, was not as cold as I had anticipated and I happily remembered the added buoyancy of my wetsuit. There were not many people in my wave and I managed to get clear water most of the way.
Coming onto the beach just behind the lead Open category female, I knew I had done a solid swim and was happy with that. But I knew it was all about to change and the hard work was about to start. The 500m run back to transition, again with bare, cold feet on concrete, was taxing and I watched any lead I had disappear as other competitors flew past me.
This pattern continued (as it usually does) during the ride. The bike course takes in a lovely flat stretch along Angourie Rd to Wooleweyah where there are a couple of hills, but nothing significant. With each lap the headwind increased and it became harder to push or to get a decent rhythm. But the free ride on the return journey was awesome! I looked at my speedo and I was actually doing over 40km/hr at one stage! And I wasn’t even going downhill! The free speed on the return journey helped to freshen the legs for the run.
The crowds at Yamba are so friendly and supportive. Everyone cheers you on, no matter who you are or how fast or slow you’re going. This helped me pull together a run that I was happy with. The wind on the break wall was kind of refreshing and all I could think of was how good it was that I only had to do 2 laps this year. There were still enough people on the course to keep pace with and it was really a matter of ticking off aid stations until the finishing chute. I finished the race in 2hrs 50mins and first in my age group! So it was a small sample size, but I’ll take that medal!
But the best thing about finishing an Elite Energy event is the fruit salad and ice cream they serve in recovery. So. Very. Good. It all felt worth it just for the ice cream!
It was great to see some other CHTC members doing so well in Yamba. Rebecca Varney put in yet another amazing feat of endurance and backed up the Olympic Distance to accompany her son in the Enticer! Julie Darlow also had a great race and will no doubt have many more great races to come. Jennifer Hoyle was fifth female overall. Richard Pearson came in third overall and was very kind to cheer me on from the sidelines (I think he finished the race round about the same time I was coming in from the ride!). Lachy Binet also put in a good race, apparently with very little training. It’s amazing what muscle memory alone can achieve!
But probably the most impressive feat of the day (and the weekend) was Melissa Bulloch who won the female sprint race. She then backed up with the 10km at the Coffs Running Festival and won her age group in that too! Wow! Kylie Marle, Matt Heaney and Reuben van Wyndgaardt also did the sprint race to start off their tri seasons.
It was also good to see Jo Magill, Lee Varney and John Tennant acting as TO’s. And a big thanks to John for pointing me in the right direction in T2. Even if it did cost me another 30s (better than a DQ!).
I’m sure there were other members there and my apologies to anyone I missed!
In the end, I was really glad I did the Yamba race. It was a good way to start off the season, and was well worth it for the ice cream alone. So yes, I will probably be back next year!
RULE OF THE WEEK
No focus on one rule this week. As a competitor and registered member it is your responsibility to ensure you know and understand the rules.
To find the full rules go to the TRINSW website by CLICKING HERE. Make sure you know them thoroughly by 21st September as increased monitoring and sanctions will be in place for our club races this season.
AIS STUDY - The genetics of exercise-induced injuries in tendon and bone
Michael Climstein from Bond University is seeking assistance from athletes and triathletes to participate in a research project on the role of genetics in exercise-induced injuries.
Your participation in an online survey could help provide new insights into the genetic factors associated with exercise-induced injuries in recreational and elite athletes.
By completing the survey you will go into the draw to win one of 50 vouchers to spend $50 on high performance sportswear from 2XU.COM.AU
visit the survey site to participate in this exciting study or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.”
THE DRAFTING DEBATE…SEEKING YOUR INPUT
The Triathlon NSW Technical Committee are VERY keen to get reaction from ALL members on the following:
“The ITU is considering making age group World Championship Events Draft Legal”.
Anyone who would like to have input into this conversation can this go onto our Facebook page and leave comments. We will start up a thread for you to post your thoughts.
Alternatively you can respond directly to Allan Harrison who is a recent member of CHTC and a member of the Triathlon NSW Technical Committee. His email address is email@example.com.
If you've ever done one of Andrew Rowling’s killer hypoxic sets at swim squads, then you will appreciate how hard it can be to hold your breath underwater for a long time, and especially when you’re under pressure.
So then check out THIS VIDEO of Norwegian champion swimmer Marius Solaat Rødland. Not only can he hold his breath for over 1min30s underwater, he can also solve 3 Rubik’s cubes while he’s doing it! And he looks completely comfortable throughout the whole thing.
ONES FOR THE CALENDAR
“The successful man is the average man, focused”. – Anonymous
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