Sunday, February 5, 2012

Gatorade Tri Series Race 4 - Melbourne Tri (Sandringham) Race Report

Well another Tri done and dusted. I made call to do the Sprint and not the full Olympic Distance today. The weekend has been huge, it started with TA Taj being setup on Friday. Saturday we did a light training session and I had to come back to collect my race kit as I had to use a different one as I was not doing the OD. After collecting my kit I did a walk through Transition looking for my rack space. When I could not find it I spoke with Supersprint who told me to use the late entries rack.

Friday Setup

This morning after showing up at the Sandringham  and found that I left my swim goggles in the car, trip back to the car (oh well note to self pack Tri bag the night before not the morning of)

As I didn’t need to get an early start in racking the bike in transition I left the bike in front he team tent and headed down to watch the Active Feet TA Crew take off after watching them start and come out of the swim exit I headed back grab the bike and transition bag and headed into transition and get ready. On the way back up and bumped into Swanny (I guy I work with) we wished each other luck.

After setting the bike up and making my way back to the team tent it was time to wettie up and head down for a practice swim. Darren (one of the coaches) and I head down warm up swim, on the way down we saw a few of the TA crewing doing the OD.

On the way down we saw Sarah who took the following pic.

Heading off for a warm up swim

Daz and I jumped in the water and it was clear and warm. Before you know it was race time. Again we watched a few of the TA Crew in the previous waves take off. Before I knew it was my time, me and some 50 of my newest best friends. Horn sounded and way we went, lots of people everywhere. I didn’t push but tried to find some clear water and work my way towards the turn CAN, as I got near the CAN I found that the bay was starting to get more of a swell, mainly as the North wind started to pickup turn was ok and headed for the 2nd CAN again no issues I did notice I came up on the back of previous waves turned and headed for the beach was being pushed a little with the swell but again ok. Got to the beach and kicked hard and then the 800m run to transition, that’s one thing I hate about Sandringham is the 800m run with a 30m rise of it.  

Got to Transition ripped the wettie off, sunnies and helmet on grabbed the bike and headed out.

On the road I noticed the North wind would make it slow going. Got to the first turn around and headed south. Marg (Another TA team mate) and I traded places on the bike course until the 2nd turn and Marg took off. Need to get some practice in head winds. As I got close to transition I took my feet out of the shoes and dismounted like a pro. Ran in with cheers from the support TA Crew who did a great job today, dropped the bike back on with socks and shoes and out for the run, back into head winds but home would be a tail wind.

On the bike

The run was hard at first, sore quad area on the right just above the knee but I pushed on into the wind, 1km became 2km then the turn around and time to head for home. Ollie (Head coach) passed me on the way back home I made it to Sandy footy ground and TA crew cheering and over the line.

Out for a run

TA Team Crew Support

1hr 31m 35s – no bad. Looking at the rankings my swam was 6th fastest, got be happy with that – must be all the swim training I’m doing.

Then a little time out at the Team tent before the presentations.

TA Team @ the Presentions

Next weekend is off to Geelong to be a part of the support crew and then the following week we are back at Elwood.

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