It’s an iconic historic, albeit rundown, building on the beach on North Coogee (south of Fremantle) in WA. Driving down you could still see the remnants of the previous evening’s storm – lots of water, grey clouds, plenty of wind were noticeable. Arriving at CY O’Connor beach, you could tell from the breeze that the water would be choppy, even without seeing it.
When we were setting up our bikes in transition, the word spread quickly that the swim had been cancelled at the advice of the surf life savers. Soon enough there was the official announcement, so we all went back and put our shoes on, packed away our goggles, and gathered in the car park for the run along the beach side footpath. I was happy, as my swim is weaker than running.
Run Leg 1 (2km): 9:37 (Actual: 2.17km, 4:26min/km)
The initial run felt pretty good. I was drawn in with the crowd, so the first km was 4:15, the second was 4:31, and the final 200m was 4:48 pace. My hear rate was 190 when we got to the bikes at T1, indicating I possibly pushed a little hard.
Bike: 25km – 51:16 (Actual: 24.46km, 28.1km/h)
The bike leg is a little long for a sprint, but the course was nice and flat, and the direct into the headwind section was relatively short, the majority of the course was at 90 degrees to the wind. Those with deep wheels would have had a torrid time.
The total ascent was 21 metres, less than 1 meter per kilometre – so this is certainly a course that could be described as flat
Run Leg (6km): 31:13 (Actual: 6.3km, 5:17min/km)
The second run leg wasn’t too bad, though after a first split of 5:05 my pace rapid fell to 5:35 for the next 3km, and out to 5:43 for the second last km. The final whole km was back down to 5:05, and 4:16 pace for the final 300m to the line.
It was a 3 lap course, so the final lap seemed to take for ever, especially as the turn around was so close to the finish line.
I was happy with the run, as it was a solid increase in speed over the last race, and this race was a km further, and 5km further on the bike. Countering that, clearly the first run was easier than a swim.
25th out of 27 (in 20-29yr Age Group. Age group winner: 1:16:02)
I was happier with the run, but still a bit disappointed to be so far down the pack in my age group. Nevertheless, having only been doing triathlons for 9 month (and 6 of those months being the off season) I couldn’t really expect to be further up the field.