Illawarra Aquathon 2012
Great way to kick off Australia day by getting down to Wollongong Harbour for the annual Illawarra Aquathon. Woke up to a miserable morning but still keen to get out there and have a go. Got down there for 6:30 registration and there were already heaps of people gathering for what was set to be another great event. It was good to see everyone whilst warming up. Weather was looking promising as we were marshaled to the start line. The U30 males were the first wave off at 8am.
Wetsuits were permitted for the swim and conditions were favourable. Good start considering the depth of field I was up against, some of the best Australian Triathletes were amongst the competitors. Was able to swim with the lead guys in the first lap of the swim but lost some ground in the second lap. Came out of the water in about 8th position and completed a good transition to start the run leg. This would be the part of the race that would test my fitness, the run was a fairly straight out and back course via a dirt trail on the run back to the finish. Feeling a bit weary at the start of the run but managed to find a good rhythm within the first 2km that I was able to hold for the rest of the run. Coming in for the last couple of hundred metres of the run it was incredible to see how much support there was from the crowd to keep you going all the way to the end.
Overall really happy with my race, placed 1st in the U20 category and 9th overall in the long aqua 900m swim,7km run. Results can be found at; http://www.multisportaustralia.com.au/results.aspx?EventID=890, also you can check the official Aquathon site for photos on the day.
Good start to this year of racing and look forward to my races coming up.