date posted: 16-01-2018

2XU Race 3 Results St Kilda

Date: 04.01.2018   Distance: Sprint, Olympic

Sunday 14th January 5AM – 2XUTri : “Due to poor water quality the swim leg has been replaced by a run…”

The only small saving grace? It was not a beach run but rather a path run, slightly better. The first leg for the Sprint distance was now a 3.5km loop towards the city and 2 laps for Olympic distance making a 7km run.

For myself this was pretty much worst case scenario. As someone who proudly walks 95% of the run leg (slowly improving on this) in all my events, a double run leg was not ideal to say the least.

However I was going into this race with a slightly different aim to usual. After an up and down 6 months to end 2017, I came to the realization, that I’d lost, that normally highly contagious, Triathlon bug. I quickly realized I had two options, quit the sport or get the bug back. With the decision made, I’s signed up for Race 3 that day which was to take place later that week and the aim was simple – catch the bug again!

Everyone lined up at the ‘Swim Start’  and after a few jokes with fellow competitors and a look at the ominous dark clouds above us we were off. Whilst intending to walk the majority as usual, I still started off in a jog and kept up with a few athletes in my wave for the first couple of hundred meters and then I felt this not so nice sting in my Achilles. Uh Oh, not a good start just 1 minute and 45 seconds into the race. So straight to walking it was. I tried a couple of other small jogs but my ankle did not want to cooperate.

Heading into T1, I was about to call it done, my foot was not doing well and I just had the letters DNF going through my mind, until I saw an old work college of mine on the sidelines cheering me on! She was there watching her partner race but saw me and cheered me on as well. She walked the length of Cantini gardens with me and on I went into T1 ready to continue on!

The bike was a pretty standard St Kilda bike leg. Horrible wind conditions, bit of rain, strong tailwind, worse headwind. Repeat for 2 laps. Finish.

Heading into T2 my friend from earlier was back again cheering me on (with her partner now finished and by her side) which gave me that little bit of encouragement I needed to head on to the final run leg. After some significantly cramping in T2 which delayed my ability to put my runners on (but was probably quite entertaining for spectators) I was out on the ‘run’, and boy was it going to be a slow one.

I tried to take the Tri-Kids turn to the finish line after 500m but the officials somehow picked up on the fact that I was a bit too old for that, so onto the 5km loop it was. And it was a slow loop at that, any slower I’d have been going backwards. But I figured one foot in front of the other and eventually I’d have to get to the end of the 5km.

And I did, after 1 hour and 2 minutes I finished the final run leg and crossed the finish line in a total time of 2 hours and 56 minutes in 664th spot (out of 664 if you were wondering).

So probably doesn’t sound like the greatest of days out – but it actually was. I caught the bug and I loved it, problems and all.

The pats on the back from numerous strangers on the course, our fellow BCB athletes,  the cheers from the volunteers and the crowd, the chance to push you mind and body past where it thinks it can go, the good, the bad and the ugly all come together and we are hooked.

Massive shout out to fellow club members, Adrian and Luke who stuck around for more than an hour after they had finished (both in 1st place!) and cheered me on through the finishers shoot as well as making sure I was OK when I has a bit of a moment post race.

Written By Ashleigh Whiteside

Photos by Ashleigh Whiteside and Official Race Photographer – Raceatlas

Competitor TimeCategoryCategory Pos.Gender Pos.RunT1BikeT2Run
Adrian Verdnik 2:19:04.7Olympic Male 45-49136 0:27:17.7 0:01:48.0 1:03:04.4 0:02:03.8 0:44:50.7
Brendon Dunn 3:12:54.4Olympic Male Open16255 0:39:52.6 0:00:00.0 1:21:15.3 0:03:29.2 1:07:58.2
Brunny Beasts
(Luke Host)
1:07:15.5Olympic Teams11 0:28:16.8 0:01:34.3 1:03:59.5 0:01:58.7 0:44:04.1
Ashleigh Whiteside 2:56:54.1Sprint Athena7221 0:33:58.4 0:00:00.0 1:16:09.0 0:04:13.0 1:02:33.4
Ho Wah Ng 1:34:11.5Sprint Male 30-3426218 0:16:10.9 0:02:34.8 0:46:43.9 0:01:47.2 0:26:54.6
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date posted: 12-02-2017

Gatorade Race 3 Results Elwood

Date: 05.02.2017   Distance: Fun, Sprint

Celebrating Big Wins and Small Wins

With 13 triathletes in a field of over 2300 it is easy to be intimidated by the disc wheels, aero helmets and bikes that are worth more than Liberia’s GDP. But the team at BCB Multisport had a day of celebrating wins both big and small at the third race of the Gatorade Triathlon Series down at Elwood (with and without the sexy gear).

Small win #1: We noticed that the marquee was backwards BEFORE we left on Saturday afternoon, so no one was any the wiser bright and early Sunday morning.

Big Win #1: Louise swam her longest ever open water swim in the sprint distance –750m – she came out of the water smiling and ready to attack the next two legs. A huge achievement for someone who only began swimming in the ocean a couple of months ago.

Small Win #2: Adrian may not have been ‘feeling it’ on the day, but he still came in an incredible eighth place and wouldn’t have blown out a candle on the finish line (sources tell us one of his clients was in his wave… yet to be confirmed whether he let him win).

Big Win #2: Colin made the podium in his category yet again – and was first out of the water. He was also the fastest in both his transitions, so we’ve all made a note to ask him his secret…

Small Win #3: Sarah fulfilled her goal of not falling over when removing her wetsuit (though it did take her about two minutes, perhaps she needs to take a leaf out of Colin’s book).

Big Win #3: Ashleigh ran a massive 3:30 PB in her 3km run during the Active Feet Triathlon, an amazing achievement!

Small Win #4: With no rain in the week leading up to the tri the bay was blissfully poo free, making for excellent swimming conditions (and no threat of a run-ride-run)

Big Win #4: Ho Wah smashed his previous Gatorade Tri run time in the 5km sprint distance.

Great work from all #forceinthenorth

Written by Sarah Park

CompetitorTimeCategoryCateogory PositionGender PositionSwim T1BikeT2Run
Colin Davis 1:07:15.5Sprint Male 50-54349 0:10:08.7 0:02:12.0 0:32:50.4 0:01:13.3 0:20:50.1
Adrian Verdnik 1:08:12.3Sprint Male 40-44860 0:11:19.1 0:02:50.9 0:32:01.2 0:01:36.6 0:20:24.3
Jeremy Baker 1:09:54.4Sprint Male 25-29984 0:11:09.1 0:02:15.0 0:33:58.6 0:01:32.4 0:20:59.2
Louise Organ 1:32:06.2Sprint Female 25-2925190 0:18:09.3 0:04:28.2 0:43:02.0 0:02:07.0 0:24:19.5
Sarah Park 1:17:21.4Sprint Female 25-29547 0:12:54.8 0:02:50.5 0:38:41.2 0:01:21.4 0:21:33.4
Ho Wah Ng 1:24:37.7Sprint Male 30-3468456 0:16:46.8 0:03:46.8 0:37:36.1 0:01:51.8 0:24:36.0
Duncan Whitford 1:14:06.0Sprint Male 35-3920168 0:14:14.3 0:02:50.1 0:34:00.9 0:01:30.9 0:21:29.6
Andrew Pappas 1:19:02.4Sprint Male 50-5422301 0:13:24.5 0:03:12.5 0:38:10.1 0:01:39.6 0:22:35.4
Michael Dawson 1:16:16.4Sprint Male 55-599223 0:12:06.8 0:03:13.9 0:36:27.2 0:01:33.5 0:22:54.7
Mark Costello 1:12:44.5Sprint Male 55-594133 0:12:44.1 0:02:37.5 0:34:21.0 0:01:32.0 0:21:29.8
Anthony Cuzzupe 1:06:32.4Sprint Male 40-44542 0:09:56.7 0:02:35.3 0:32:07.5 0:01:16.7 0:20:36.0
Bien Genato 1:33:21:3Sprint Family & Friends20206 0:16:52.3 0:03:52.5 0:41:07.1 0:02:32.2 0:28:56.4
Elyse Schweitzer 0:52:12.0Fun Female 18-291166 0:04:40.7 0:02:38.3 0:23:12.6 0:00:55.4 0:18:44.8
Ashleigh Whiteside 1:04:54.9Fun Female 18-2927176 0:06:19.1 0:05:33.7 0:23:52.5 0:02:21.3 0:26:48.1
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date posted: 16-01-2017

Active Tri Race 3 Elwood Results

Date: 15.01.2017   Distance: Mini, Sprint Enduro

In stark contrast to the warm conditions at Gatorade Race 2 just a week earlier, it was back a to a typical chilly Melbourne morning for Race 3 of the Sole Motive Active Triathlon Series.

This was my first time participating in an event outside of the Gatorade series and with needing to find my way around, sign up and check my bike into transition within 20 minutes, stress levels were a little higher than normal. With registration forms filled out, race kit collected and bike checked in and set up, I was nearly ready to go. Without the usual comforts of the BCB Marquee and crew, I waited in line for race numbing and then found a nice patch of grass to do my last minute stretches and preparation.

Race start for the first event of the day, the mini distance, was slightly delayed after Elwood lifesavers had a bit of a sleep in and hadn’t quite set up the course. The race announcer was trying to do her best to keep nerves in check during the delay however mentioning the recent shark sightings in the bay probably wasn’t the best tactic…

Swim was a bit rough with quite choppy conditions (for Elwood at least) combined with next to no water visibility. After coping a few waves and swallowing a decent amount of water (hopefully the earlier gastro concerns were well and truly gone!) the first part was done and onto the bike. Bike was good with the standard race conditions of brilliant tailwind following by turning that corner into a wall of headwind. The short distance meant it was over pretty quick regardless and onto a pretty straight forward run leg with the race being done and dusted before 8am. Just in time to watch our other BCB athletes compete in the next event of the day… The Enduro Sprint.

Now over to another of our BCB Athletes, Andrew, for his experience of this unique format:

There was quite a large start of the AG 50 plus everybody else wave! Distance: Sprint Enduro -250m Swim, 10km bike, 2.5km run x 2. I started somewhere mid pack, sans wetsuit. I thought what I would gain in buoyancy, I would lose in transition. From the start line a 250m swim looks so short. Water was warm but very weedy I felt ok after the swim ready for the bike, conditions were good, cool, cloudy and a little wind, but nothing to worry about. Run was good held a steady pace, not too hard as I knew I had to do all of this again! Second swim was way more comfortable as no crowd meant less stress and I could relax into it. Back for the second bike and run leg and as I headed down the chute I saw Ashleigh ready to take a photo. I put on my best struggle face 🙂

All in all another great day out for our BCB athletes including another fantastic podium finish for Colin Davis!

Written By Ashleigh Whiteside and Andrew Pappas
Photos by BCB Team members and Official Race Photographer REL Photography (

 TimeCat.Pos.Swim 1T1-1Bike 1T2-1Run 1T3-1Swim 2T1-2Bike 2T2-2Run 2
Colin Davis1:08:16Enduro Sprint Male 50-5433:341:1016:451:0810:071:584:091:0616:521:0610:09
Anthony Cuzzupe1:09:28Enduro Sprint Male 40-4463:541:2716:471:1710:152:024:061:1017:131:139:58
Andrew Pappas1:19:40Enduro Sprint Male 50-54165:251:4318:261:4311:042:365:451:3618:491:3510:53
Ashleigh Whiteside1:01:45Mini Female 18-292311:053:2724:282:0820:34
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date posted: 14-01-2017

Gatorade Race 2 St Kilda Results

Date: 08.01.2017   Distance: Sprint, Olympic

On a hot January morning BCB Multisport had 13 athletes at Catani Gardens in St Kilda, ready for race 2 in the Gatorade Triathlon series 2016/2017. Preparation for the race began under the large BCB Marquee that had been set up the day before by Ashleigh and her crew. With the water pollution given a “good” rating after some heavy storms over xmas and the mercury set to rise, BCB triathletes were cautiously awaiting the starting gun.

The water was surprisingly calm, of average smellyness and vision relatively good. All BCBers got through the swim without any issues and wound their way from the beach and through the the maze-like transition barriers to arrive at their bikes. Like all Gatorade races, the hundreds upon hundreds of bikes lined up in transition means that you must make sure you have carefully memorised which row number your bike is located for fear of not even making it onto the bike course! Phew, I remembered mine. Row 7, left hand side, orange towel.

The bike course started with a lovely tail wind for the first segment of the bike course, which I’m sure had many feeling pretty confident about their bike time. Cruising down to the Elwood turn around averaging anywhere between 40-45km/h. Then BANG! The hectic wall of wind. HEAD WIND. All the way back to the Kerford road turn around in Middle park. For the Sprint guys this meant two laps of these polarising conditions and 3 for those completing the Olympic course.

Getting onto the run, whilst it was relatively early in the day, it was already much hotter then expected. And going through the first few kilometres I kept thinking how thankful I was that I was doing only 5km and not 10! A bit of pain at the start as the bike legs were trying to recover, reaching the turn-around and then with only 1.5 km to go it was almost over.

First tri of 2017 done and a strong contingent of triathletes from BCB.

Special mentions to Colin Davis who came 2nd AG50-54, Adrian Verdnik 5th AG40-44, Sarah Park 7th AG25-29, Jeremy Baker 7th AG25-29, Michael Dawson 7th AG55-59, Samuel Adam 7th CLYDSDALE

Great work from all #forceinthenorth

CompetitorTimeCategoryCateogory PositionGender PositionSwim T1BikeT2Run
Colin Davis1:17:19.4Sprint Male 50-542200:09:13.60:02:04.00:42:55.6 0:01:31.2 0:21:34.8
Adrian Verdnik 1:18:39.2Sprint Male 40-445550:10:25.3 0:02:59.40:41:22.7 0:01:32.8 0:22:18.6
Jeremy Baker 1:24:19.0Sprint Male 25-29796 0:10:34.9 0:02:19.1 0:47:21.7 0:01:11.5 0:22:51.7
Louise Organ 1:43:46.0Sprint Female 25-2915109 0:15:19.3 0:03:34.8 0:55:57.8 0:02:03.8 0:26:50.1
Sarah Park 1:32:29.0Sprint Female 25-29756 0:11:39.8 0:02:47.5 0:52:53.3 0:01:35.2 0:23:32.9
Cody Allison 1:16:36.0Sprint Male 30-34843 0:10:17.8 0:02:08.9 0:41:47.2 0:01:29.8 0:20:52.1
Ho Wah Ng 1:43:42.4Sprint Male 30-3434317 0:14:44.6 0:03:52.6 0:53:05.4 0:01:48.4 0:30:11.2
Duncan Whitford 1:23:55.6Sprint Male 35-391390 0:12:54.3 0:02:20.4 0:44:46.8 0:01:35.4 0:22:18.5
Juliet Forsyth 1:31:30.0Sprint Female 40-44951 0:13:05.8 0:02:38.8 0:49:52.6 0:02:50.5 0:23:02.0
Andrew Pappas 1:33:16.8Sprint Male 50-5410192 0:15:37.4 0:00:00.0 0:51:03.3 0:02:05.8 0:24:30.1
Michael Dawson 1:33:03.4Sprint Male 55-597186 0:11:40.6 0:03:12.2 0:48:39.20:02:19.3 0:27:11.9
Samuel Adam 1:35:18.0Sprint Male Clydesdale7214 0:13:24.8 0:02:27.2 0:48:17.5 0:02:02.0 0:29:06.3
Chris Leat 2:30:45.3Olympic Male 35-391158 0:29:33.3 0:02:01.9 1:07:48.6 0:02:01.5 0:49:19.8
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date posted: 18-12-2016

Results from Ironman 70.3 Ballarat

Date: 11.12.2016   Distance: 70.3 (Half-iron)

Having competed in our first 70.3 in Hawaii 6 months ago, Simon and I approached our second half-ironman in Ballarat with trepidation, but also a touch of confidence. Surely it couldn’t be that bad again, right? We had built Hawaii up in our head as an epic test of endurance, and it certainly delivered. Scorching heat, downpours, more sun, steaming humidity, flat tyres (on a decidedly UNFLAT course), dehydration and vomit. Friends and family who heard the tales of Hawaii were perplexed as to why we would ever put ourselves through another 70.3. They also made it clear that they’d be less sympathetic next time around.


Despite the demons of Hawaii, the lead up to Ballarat was much more relaxed (probably a little too relaxed as far as training was concerned). Although I’d made more of an effort to put in some more 20k+ training runs, the long training rides were few and far between. A week out from Ballarat in my undeserved “taper” week I obsessively updated wind and temperature forecasts and was delighted that the it seemed to settle on 22 degrees and 10km/h max winds. Surely that’s as good a forecast as you can get!


The night before, Simona (our one woman support crew), Simon and I destroyed cheese platters, steak and wine – probably not ideal pre-race nutrition, but after finishing Hawaii and seeing the Ballarat race forecast, we got a bit cocky. Race morning was COLD for a summer morning (5 degrees), which we were a bit unprepared for. What began as a pretty organized race morning preparation quickly turned into silent panic, as we struggled to find the venue without being re-routed by road closures. We made it into transition with 3 minutes to spare – not ideal, but just enough to get the tyres pumped up.


The elite men’s and women’s waves were started by traditional Sovereign Hill soldiers firing muskets, which made for a pretty cool atmosphere. The freshwater Lake Wendouree was a chilly 16 degrees but looked surprisingly tranquil and inviting, despite the name deriving from the Aboriginal word, wendaaree, which ironically means “go away”. There were a few parts during the swim course where your arms had to pull through the underwater reeds, probably a bit unsettling for people spooked by the open(ish) water. All in all, the swim and T1 were pretty uneventful, and the setup meant that even unpolished athletes could get through T1 and T2 in less than 2 minutes.


As is always the case, feeling the wind on your bike always makes it seem stronger than what it is – in this case though, the wind was officially up to 25km/h DESPITE my weather apps projection. I want a refund. It made the 22k outbound leg a dream, holding 45km/h easily… the return ride into the head wind saw us struggling at 30km/h. Although it all evened out I’m sure, the final 22k slog into the headwind was pretty brutal. There were a few parts of the course on cracked bitument under a heavily shading canopy, which provided a few stressful moments worrying about an imminent puncture. Mercifully, unlike in Hawaii, both Simon and myself made it through the ride without a flat.


The run leg was 3 laps of Lake Wendouree, by which point it was 20 degrees with a moderate wind, and quite pleasant. I found creating mental milestones to be very helpful on the run. First lap… half way… final lap… 5km… last k. My feet had gone numb on the bike, which was a bit annoying during the first 7km of the run but then the feeling returned. At that point my feet starting hurting though and I began longing for numb feet again. The lead female pro slowly overtook me at one point with an official on a bike lagging behind with a sign announcing her position. I managed to stay with the official for a while, and realized people thought I was the lead female for about 300m until they pulled farther away. It was a thrilling 30 seconds pretending to be a winner.


All in all, the run felt great though and was over pretty quickly. I was about 48 minutes quicker than Hawaii, which is pretty ridiculous but a combination of factors can do that. It was about 10 degrees cooler in Ballarat, plus the lack of humidity, and lack of a flat tyre. I think there is a lot to be said though about being relaxed for a race, and having some experience mentally with other races under your belt. The long training runs were a big help too. Looking forward to Geelong 70.3 in Feb, though I still can’t stomach the thought of a full ironman – the marathon at the end just seems ridiculous. 42KM! AS IF! But you never know…


Written by Cody Allison

Photos by Simona Infantino

CompetitorTimeCategoryCateogory PositionOverall PositionSwim T1BikeT2Run
Cody Allison04:36:54M 30-34189300:26:3600:01:4902:29:0300:01:3301:37:53
Simon Preston04:31:47
M 25-29106700:32:53
Michael Dawson05:29:21
M 55-59941500:31:55
Yashwant Rathi05:33:26
M 30-345844000:31:27
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date posted: 03-12-2016

Giro Della Donna 2016

Date: 27.11.2016   Distance: 107 km Cycling

It was my first medio Fondo and I was very excited about it though I was less excited to wake up at 4:15am. I left Melbourne just before 5am and weather wasn’t looking good but once in Warburton the sun came out.

There were about 750 cyclists that rode the “Giro della Donna” on Sunday. The first 20km were very easy, I rolled with the peloton while admiring the stunning forest around me.

The funny part arrived just after when I realised that I had to climb over 1000m of elevation for 20km (the Reefton Spur). While the road was definitely “up”, it was not difficult to get into a comfortable pace and just take in the surrounding.

An hour later I was in Marysville and, instead stopping for a good refreshment, I decided to keep going. I then met a nice group of four with whom I rolled for about 35 km and lost the group as soon as arrived at the Acheron way, a dirt road of about 13km. Yes, the course included about 13 km of beautiful gravel (uphill) and a flat tyre on gravel was obviously a must.

Until then I was riding with the expectation that I’d need to save some energy for the last ascent of Mount Donna Buang. While I was still enjoying my ride, my legs had a different opinion and the last 2km of Donna Buang were really tough.

Overall it was a great experience….my vote is 10/10.

It is so stunning up there that I want to go back and ride those roads again and maybe include an extra climb, the Lake Mountain climb.


Giro della Donna: 107km|2800m elevation| amazing nature| highly recommended ride.


Simona Infantino4:28:09
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BCB Aquathon 2016

Date: 27.11.2016   Distance: Aquathon

A fantastic Melbourne night lead to brilliant conditions for our second ever BCB Multisport Aquathon at Oak Park Aquatic Centre.  Increasing on participants from the first event we had 11 people line up at the start line with a great mix of experience.

There were a few club representatives in Colin, Roy and Adrian who had the elastic laces and transition down to an art but also a large group of sans elastic laces including Shane, Daniel, Chloe, Kate, Nathan, Jack, Sarah and Jeremy that joined in for what was a great night.

The event was marred with some controversy and almost an appeal when the swim distance was changed at the last minute from 250m to 200m. This was unbeknownst to Colin, who swam the extra 50m in the first swim leg putting him behind on the second run leg and resulting in a few comments about people not liking good swimmers! Colin closed the case in the best way possible, by winning the event in a time of 17 minutes 40 seconds. Coming in second with a very impressive 18 minutes 21 was Jeremy followed by Sarah and Adrian who tied for 3rd in 19 minutes 3 seconds.

It was great to have so many new faces take part including people who train at Brunswick and Oak Park facilities and came along to say hi! Great effort by all in what was a very face paced event.

Also following on from the event a few had a good enough time to sign up as BCB members so please make sure you say hi to Kate, Sarah and Jeremy when you see them next!

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Gatorade Race 1 Elwood

Date: 27.11.2016   Distance: Mini, Sprint

The first race of the Gatorade Series saw a good contingent of club members have their first hit out of the season down at Elwood. Unfortunately Melbourne’s weather did not turn up, leaving all to brave some pretty wet and cold conditions.

The day started in a similar way to most season openers in November with members huddled in the warmest clothes they could find discussing all the reasons why that winter training didn’t quite go to plan. Once that was out the way the race could start. Swim conditions were ok with the water temperature slowly increasing and conditions not as rough as we’d seen in recent times, although still a little choppy.

Into T1, and after starting the day observing how the Elites do it, unfortunately no one could match their sub 2 minutes times (some serious wet suit removing skills there!) however as quick as they would go, wetsuits were off and the bike leg started. Although whilst the wintery weather meant light rain for most of the morning resulting in slippery road conditions the bike course remained relatively uneventful with most taking corners with a little more ease than normal. After completing the bike course and getting through T2 the run leg began and ended concluding the first Gatorade Series Race for the season.


Great turn out by BCB members with 10 people racing across both the Fun and Sprint distances with some happy and some not so happy with their results but all in all a great effort by everyone. We now look forward to Gatorade Series Race 2 in January with some more Summer training under our belts and hopefully not too much Christmas dinner!

CompetitorTimeCategoryCateogory PositionOverall PositionSwim T1BikeT2Run
Elyse Schweitzer0:29:46.5Mini Female 18-293200:04:28.1 0:01:35.10:15:50.50:00:54.80:06:57.8
Mark Costello 1:09:50.9Sprint Male 55-5941370:09:21.9 0:02:52.80:34:48.00:01:39.30:21:08.8
Cody Allison 1:05:03.4Sprint Male 30-3413640:07:34.20:02:53.50:33:09.4 0:01:30.50:19:55.5
Christoph Grohmann1:15:35.7Sprint Male 30-34502700:10:10.60:03:43.10:37:59.70:01:29.90:22:12.1
Chris Leat1:07:40.6Sprint Male 35-3910970:09:58.9 0:02:32.0 0:33:33.30:01:23.50:20:12.7
Andrew Pappas 1:14:45.4Sprint Male 50-54222500:10:02.90:03:35.9 0:36:55.10:02:07.90:22:03.4
Michael Dawson1:14:16.7Sprint Male 55-5982420:09:36.70:03:46.40:36:49.0 0:02:16.30:21:48.1
Samuel Adam1:21:14.9Sprint Clydesdale84460:11:02.3 0:02:50.70:38:28.00:01:42.80:27:10.9
Luke Barbagallo1:15:42.2Sprint Male 25-29272740:08:51.70:02:58.0 0:38:11.50:01:37.00:24:03.7
Ashleigh Whiteside0:40:00.2Mini Female 25-29201050:06:27.30:02:23.00:16:58.10:02:18.70:11:52.9
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Come back Queen snares 4th place in Western Sydney 70.3

Date: 27.11.2016   Distance: 70.3 (Half-iron)

For those of you who don’t know me that well, I’ve been playing this game for a long time. I have been the girl who trains 30 hours a week, who eats, sleeps and breaths triathlon.  The one who completes every session, rain, hail or shine, through sickness and in health. And I’ve been the one who would pick apart her performance and find every possible negative even though I might have won the race.  That was my old life.

These days things are a little different, if I get to train 12 hours a week, it’s a good week. I am learning to fit in training whenever an opportunity may arise and I’m also learning to roll with the punches.  If I miss a session because I’ve been up all night with a screaming baby that’s ok.  I no longer beat myself up over it. One thing that has come out of my current situation is the opportunity to see how this different way of doing things translates come race day.  Therefore I went in to IM 70.3 Western Sydney a little unsure but also a little excited.  I felt kind of ready, I think, maybe?

The circus (my husband, baby, bike, suitcase, pram, cot, car seat, nappy bag, tri gear and myself) headed up to Sydney on the Friday morning.  After we got our hands on a car big enough to fit all our stuff we headed west where we were staying with family.  It was shorts and T-shirt weather, something Melbourne hadn’t given us much practice with lately.  On the following afternoon we headed out to the Sydney International Regatta Centre to check in and drop my bike off.  By current Melbourne standards it was hot.  Sweat was dripping off me as I racked my bike.  I looked around, there was not a lot of shade. I have done enough racing in hot conditions to know that coming from the cold to hot weather and not having the best part of a week to acclimatize is not the ideal way to do things.  Though as I often remind myself when it comes to racing, I’ve raced in the middle of the desert, acclimatized or not, I’ll be fine.

I was told many months ago that last year the water was too warm for wetsuits to be legal, so I went in to the race expecting that to be the case again this year.  And it didn’t disappoint (well it did, I’d rather wear a wetsuit), a balmy 25.3 on race morning.  As always I went prepared, everywhere the wetsuit goes a speed suit goes too, just in case.  A speed suit that generally gets a holiday to Kona every year with one friend or another that might be racing.  A speed suit I have worn once, more than four years ago.  Fingers crossed it still fitted.  In the past a non-wetsuit swim would have freaked me out but this time round (the new me) I’m like sure, whatever, my swim will be a couple of minutes slower.  And that’s exactly how it panned out.  Other than missing the starters horn because was trying to pull strapping off my foot whilst treading water and having to do the entire swim with it flapping behind me, the swim was quiet uneventful. Its pancake flat, there are marker buoys for the rowing every 100m or so (that’s a guess, I’m not a rower), so sighting is super easy.  I swam on my own for the first 500m as I missed out on jumping on some feet at the start line, then I found a couple of girls going at an ok pace so I just made sure I stayed in touch with them.  8th out of the water in my AG, not a super time but that’s fine, it’s the placing that I’m always the most interested in at the end of the day and a top 10 swim in an IM 70.3 is a good result for me, especially when its non-wetsuit.

T1 once again uneventful, I collected my calf guards off my husband on the way through (long story but it would help if all TO knew the non-wetsuit rules), tore the rest of the strapping off my foot and away I went.

Going in to this race I felt the bike leg was the unknown. It’s hard to get out and do my long rides these days so for the most part I do my riding on my Kickr in my garage (watching Dance Moms or Keeping up with the Kardashians). So to feel as strong, fast and comfortable as I did for the first 2 hours of the ride, I was pretty stoked.  After 2 hours though my lack of long hard rides started to kick in. I slowed, cadence slowed but thankfully I was able to hold my head together (major issue in IM 70.3 Cairns) and just keep going as well as I could manage.  I kind of knew this time would come so I just tried to power through knowing that that elusive 2:30 bike split would not be happening this race (not a split that had even entered my head going in to the race).  Then whilst I was just minding my own business, doing my own thing with about 10km to go there was a left hand turn and one lady who I was about to overtake decided to go right! So I hit the road and another lady who was situated between me and the wrong direction woman. It seemed that I was heading over the handlebars but all I came away with was a scraped knee, some bruises on my legs from my handlebars and a dropped chain.  Sweet, so I got up and kept at it. Nothing like a bit of adrenaline to get you smashing through the headwind home.  Apart from the crash the bike split was a pleasant surprise.  I only got overtaken by one girl for the whole ride, who I managed to peg back in the last 10km, and it wasn’t until the 26.6km that I got overtaken by a guy.  I’ll take that.  Oh and did I mention that I did not see a single case of drafting for the entire race?

T2 slower than I would like seeing as I had to put my calf guards on.  Not to mention socks!

The run started off well, at least from a pace perspective. Bang on what I had planned for the first 5km, but it never felt great. Then the sun beating down on the long hot road with no shade in sight started to get the better of me and my pace started to slip.  Also not knowing the course (my ‘whatever’ attitude before the race) and the first turn around coming 20mins later than I thought it was going to didn’t help.  By the 10km mark I was just surviving, making sure I took in enough fluids whilst I jogged along. This was a little disappointing I thought my run was tracking along better than this (even though I had just had 3 weeks off running due to calf unhappiness), but on the upside I did manage to overtake and put 16mins between me and 5th, and I pulled up surprisingly well.

All in all it was a fun event with many positives to take out of it.  I’m not race fit just yet but I’m getting there.

Big thanks to my family in Sydney for letting us stay, coming out to support and looking after Cadence. My training buddies, especially one Mrs Z Ferg who I have cancelled on more times than I care to remember over the past year due to lack of sleep, yet she always seems to understand and is there waiting for me at the next session we have planned.  To the team that help keeps my body in one piece, Brad @ Performance Health Care, Bayden (and Bell) @ McKenzie Chiro, Paul and Alana @ Windy Hill Physio, I probably wouldn’t be able to get out of bed if it wasn’t for these guys. Wheelscience for my awesome wheels, I just sit there and hold on tight.  My folks, the no need to ask babysitters whenever they are around and of course Greg for everything J

CompetitorTimeCategoryCateogory PositionOverall PositionSwim BikeRun
Danae Sinclair-Clift5:00.20F 30-34420434:592:38:001:43:25
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date posted: 06-11-2016

Active Tri Race 1 Brighton

Date: 06.11.2016   Distance: Olympic, Sprint

A crash on the bike course, a podium and shocking conditions for Race 1 #excitement

The first race of the season saw some challenging conditions down at Green point in Brighton. Simon, Cody and Andrew braved the 15 degree waters. But that wasn’t the worst of it with massive swells and choppy white caps the Brighton lifesavers had their work cut out for them.

There were 12 people from the Olympic race that required rescuing by rubber ducky and a similar number from the Sprint race. The Olympic race even had the swim distance reduced from 1500m to 600m due to the conditions. Several swimmers even started the race but turned around and swam back to shore after only getting 50m out and realising they weren’t a chance to make it around the full course.

The bike was as windy as to be expected with wind up to 30-35km/h. But much more manageable then the swim. The bike course went south from Green point towards Black rock with much of the wind manifesting as cross-wind for the riders. It was very early in the bike course that saw Cody have a brakes failure coming into the first turn around point! With a few cuts and bruises Cody got up and tried to fix whatever the problem may have been with his mini tool kit but to no avail. It was lucky that he happened to have crash-landed right at the feet of the St Johns Ambulance who patched him up before he pulled out of the race for a frustrating DNF.

After getting through T2 and heading out for the run leg in the same southerly direction, Race 1 for season 2016/2017 came to a close.

Congrats to Simon Preston on his first podium finish (AG25-29) and Andew Pappas narrowly missing out on a podium (AG50-54). A strong start for BCB Multisport and we are looking for more of the same for the coming summer!

CompetitorTimeCategoryCateogory PositionOverall PositionSwim T1BikeT2Run
Simon Preston1:07:22Male 25-291328:571:4835:231:3919:34
Andrew Pappas1:16:52Male 50-54411910:04Unknown1:5422:47
Cody AllisonDNFMale 30-34N/AN/A10:03
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