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Kingscliff, New South Whales
QSM Sports
25C / 77F
Total Time = 2h 22m 25s
Overall Rank = 213/630
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 33/72
Pre-race routine:

Been struggling with flu and sore throat this week. Also got next to no sleep as the bloke in the motel room next to mine was railing his girlfriend all night like you read about!!! From about 12:00am until 2:00am he was hammering her like anything!!! She seemed to be really, really, really enjoying his action but it meant that I got absolutely no sleep due to the paper thin walls.
Event warmup:

Nil - took advantage of my late wave start to catch up on lost sleep in my car!!!
  • 22m 10s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 29s / 100 meters

Decided to start near the back right and start slowly due to illness and lack of sleep, plus I didn't do a warm-up due to the water temperature. Plan was to move to the middle of the creek into the slightly deeper water to take advantage of the helping current. However I got pushed a bit wide on the first buoy and ended up further right than I wanted. Still felt like I swam well though, rhythm was good and I passed plenty of people in the second half of the swim. Got out of the water feeling pretty comfortable.
What would you do differently?:

Start stronger and fight harder for position to take advantage of my race plan.
Transition 1
  • 01m 57s

Took me a while to get up to speed, get my feet into the shoes and comfortable on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 13m 6s
  • 40 kms
  • 32.83 km/hr

Really had to hold back and take it easy due to my lack of training recently and illness to make sure I had something left for the run. Actually felt fairly strong and comfortable for the most part which is encouraging and testament to the additional bike work that I had been doing. Headwind really picked up and took its toll on legs but actually felt okay at the end of the ride.
What would you do differently?:

Need to keep doing what I've been doing and continue to build my bike strength. Then I need to trust the work that I've don end be prepared to really push hard in races.
Transition 2
  • 01m 31s

No issues
What would you do differently?:

  • 43m 30s
  • 10 kms
  • 04m 21s  min/km

Felt pretty good off the bike surprisingly and probably went out a little too hard on the first lap. Rhythm and cadence felt good and I was passing quite a few people including in my age group. The heat, and maybe the flu, got to me a little on the second lap but I ran hard the whole way. Not a bad run really considering my fitness and the toughness of the course.
What would you do differently?:

Get fitter and faster?
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:

Fitness and illness.

Event comments:

Great race, great feel and atmosphere and excellent value for money.

Last updated: 2013-11-30 12:00 AM
00:22:10 | 1500 meters | 01m 29s / 100meters
Age Group: 31/72
Overall: 213/630
Performance: Average
Course: Point to Point course in a saltwater creek. Fairly shallow and current assisted.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 20C / 67F Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:57
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:13:06 | 40 kms | 32.83 km/hr
Age Group: 39/72
Overall: 239/630
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: 4 x laps around town. Road surface was pretty rough with plenty of potholes. Really strong winds at times as well with a headwind all the way back into town.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:31
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:43:30 | 10 kms | 04m 21s  min/km
Age Group: 24/72
Overall: 168/630
Performance: Good
Course: 2 x laps around the creek that we swum in on varied surfaces with one tough, short, sharp hill each lap.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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

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