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Gold Coast Triathlon - Luke Harrop Memorial - TriathlonSprint

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Gold Coast, Queensland
USM Events
29C / 84F
Total Time = 1h 31m 6s
Overall Rank = 1044/1167
Age Group = Female 25-29
Age Group Rank = 45/65
Pre-race routine:

Woke up, walked 30mins to the start in the dark brandishing my track pump as a "warning" to any drongos still coming down off the saturday night high... Set up transition, pumped tyres and went back to pick up a paper near finish line. Settled in and watched the kids races while reading...
Event warmup:

Walk to the start, warm up laps, treading water
  • 16m 52s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 15s / 100 meters

So the hooter goes off and the biffo begins. I was on my own and in the 4th wave today so it was a PLEASENT start. Strokes were good and breathing was great. Drafting was excellent except at one point I was a little TOO close when the girl I was drafting decided it was too much and breaststroked suddenly... I got smashed in the Schnoz and veered a little too far right to recover. Breathing got a little difficult because it felt like I had a blood nose! A quick check while sighting and proved otherwise so I just kept going... not feeling the greatest but okay.

happy with the swim time, BUT this time also includes a 300m run over a slippery bridge into transition!!!
What would you do differently?:

Draft - but maybe sit a little to the side instead of RIGHT ON other's feet...
Transition 1
  • 00m

DID REALLY WELL here... The mounting area was a mess so I ran past to the front of the group and SCOOTERED the heck out of there...
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really... Judged this really well!
  • 42m 39s
  • 20 kms
  • 28.14 km/hr

I love the fact I improved in my age group and yet lost like 50 places overall... damn...
Hadn't done much training in the lead up to this race so I wasn't expecting anything. I still gave it a good crack though! HIGHLIGHT was being chased down by Michaelle Jones' twin sister (in full Michaelle gear!) and holding her off for a while!! (she got me in the end! She's WAAAAY too fast!)
nothing much to say really except NUTSED IT!
Bit dissappointed with my average speed - but that's what I get for not training for two weeks...
What would you do differently?:

Eat more jelly dinosaurs! They were so YUMMY!
Transition 2
  • 00m

FLYING transition again... Knee guard on, helmet off shoes on, grabbed everything and WENT...
What would you do differently?:

Not a single thing...
  • 31m 34s
  • 5 kms
  • 06m 19s  min/km

First RUN after being given all clear by Physio, but just to be safe I was wearing my knee guard again.
I went all out... BUT My body is telling me GO FASTER GIRL! GO FASTER! and my legs are telling me "Get stuffed!!! She's put on 5kg and we've only just recovered from injury... We're going as fast as we freaking well can!"
The 5km was a circuit this time. NO LAPS! BUT the majority of it was in the blinding sunshine reflecting on bitchument and it was RADIATING heat. I'm VERY lucky we were only the 4th wave to go that morning...
I drank one tossed one at each station and did really well to keep cool. I didn't SLOW or walk the aid stations this time. I ran the whole way. THE KNEE HELD! YAY!!!
the pace was GOOD. Sure people were overtaking me now but I was also overtaking others for a change. You wouldn't believe how many walkers there were today! I was in with a shot!
Down the finishing chute and I there was a really big TV flashing up results as people finished... LOL I couldn't see myself. FUNNY eh?
What would you do differently?:

Tell my legs to shut the heck up and deal with it! We're going faster next time!!!
Post race
Warm down:

stretching, powerade, watermelon and more dinosaur lollies!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

not training the weeks before!

Event comments:

this is my first Sprint distance at Luke Harrop! YAY! While the course was slightly different this year due to the increase in numbers it was still lots of fun! However the overnight racking announced AFTER I'd booked into this race meant accomodation as well and the cost has climbed... This may be my first and gold coast full distance sprint.

Last updated: 2009-01-13 12:00 AM
00:16:52 | 750 meters | 02m 15s / 100meters
Age Group: 40/65
Overall: 876/1167
Performance: Good
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 27C / 81F Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:00
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:42:39 | 20 kms | 28.14 km/hr
Age Group: 33/65
Overall: 927/1167
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Pretty hot and mostly flat straight out and back
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:31:34 | 05 kms | 06m 19s  min/km
Age Group: 52/65
Overall: 1080/1167
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-03-08 6:59 PM

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2009-03-10 6:16 PM
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Subject: RE: Gold Coast Triathlon - Luke Harrop Memorial
Good to see you're still with us and racing. Bummer about the injury and lack of training but still a great result. Nice work!
2009-03-10 7:32 PM
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Subject: RE: Gold Coast Triathlon - Luke Harrop Memorial
Thanks Cassie,  yeah i have been a bit AWOL lately.  LOL
2009-03-11 7:02 PM
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Yay on the knee holding... not so yay on the swim biffo! Glad you survived it!


You eat jelly dinosaurs on the bike... I like how you think!

Way to go - great to have you back in action!

2009-03-13 5:30 AM
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Subject: RE: Gold Coast Triathlon - Luke Harrop Memorial

Great report - gives us newbies much inspiration to see the likes of you put messages on our attempts as well as letting us read all about your races.


Nigel W

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