I had heard lots of good things about triathlons in Huskisson. So with my new triathlon bug I registered for the upcoming Olympic distance event straight after Port. Having spent a fair few weekends there scuba diving I could imagine it would be a great destination for a triathlon.
I was right.
Getting out of Sydney at 3pm on a Friday isn’t the smartest idea but we took it on anyway leaving straight after school pickup. It was a slow trip (44kph average… an Ironman Pro probably would have been only 20 mins or so behind!) but we made it to Husky with daylight to spare and pitched our tent.
Saturday was some of the most amazing weather I have experienced so we headed down to the beach the race would start from for a swim and to check out the start. Everything seemed great if not a little more low key and chilled out than the day before Port 70.3.
I ran the few km’s back to the campsite and set about getting my bike back together and tuned up. This would be my first race with my Dyma wheel covers on and I wanted to get a short practice ride in. A review of these will come in the future but I was a little bit worried about possible winds forecast for tomorrow. The nice thing about wheel covers is that they can be easily be removed so I figured I would wait and see what the morning brought with it.
Torrential rain was the answer to that question. Now given the heavy rain we got in Port in the lead up to the race you might think I have some sort of triathlon curse but bad weather and me being in Husky is a much longer term curse. Saturday was so special because it is quite honestly the most amazing weather I have seen in the place.
Turns out coolish wet weather is pretty good for triathlon racing. Much better that burning hot like the last half lap of the bike and run in Port. There was a reasonable southerly wind blowing too which had me worried about the wheel cover but I figured I would leave it on anyway.
Post Port I had focused lessons learnt from that race:
- My swim needed heaps of work – so I joined the WTC Swim Squad onMonday nights.
- I needed to run off the bike – so I tried to runafter every ride (at least the ones that finished at home)
- Hydration on the bike was critical and I needed to be 100% confident in mysystem working.
All 3 focus areas paid dividends. My swim time was 23:46. My ride average speed was 35.3kph on a wet course with plenty of slow traffic and my run was 46:03 at an average pace of 4:31. That was faster than my Sydney Harbour 10k run only months before! I had finished 12th in my age group out of 59 with an overall time of 2:23. A result to be proud of!
Elite Energy ran a great event that went smoothly and was great fun and Husky was a great host town.