Busselton Olympic 2015
The Olympic (Standard) Distance event this year was all the way down at Busselton – quite a long drive for a race that will only take between 2 and 3 hours, but is a great course, and the location for the Half and Full Ironman races in December and May each year respectively.
Swim (1.5km; 34:41; Pace: 2:18min/km) Place: 48 / 52
The swim leg was in the Geographe Marina – around the boat parking areas and waterside homes, rather than the iconic Busselton Jetty (a few KM down the coast) where the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 are held.
The swim conditions were simply ideal, pretty low waves, nice and warm water, and production from any currents because it was in the marina.
Bike (40km; 1:21:23; Speed: 29.5km/h) Place: 41 / 52
We knew from waiting around at the start line it was going to be windy on the bike, and these expectations were confirmed the second you pushed your first pedal stroke. The wind was north easterly, meaning the two main outward sections were diagonally into the breeze, the first outward sections was a bit more cross breeze, the second outward section was almost straight into the headwind. I passed a few people on the headwind sections, as I managed to pedal strongly in the aero position, and the tail wind sections were simply great! Flying at 37-40km/h made you feel like a pro cyclist. I had two Gels on the bike, and for drink I had one hydrolyte (electrolytes only, no carbs) and one water.
Run (10km; 57:41; Pace: 5:46min/km) Place: 46 / 52
I had hoped for a 5:20min/km pace run and managed to hold that pace for the first 3km, but then it became apparent this was not going to be sustainable, so I slowed to 5:45 and 6 min pace. Ankles and lower calves were very fatigued at this point.
I had a Winners’ Energy Gel just before the 5km aid station and felt this helped a bit. It was a struggle through to the finish, but I beat last years’ run time by nearly 3 mins.
Overall (2:57:26; Place 45 / 52)
I was happy with the sub 3 overall, but really wanted a sub 55 run, and was aiming for a 30min swim rather than 35. Bike was very close to 30km/h, and on a less windy day I’m confident I could have hit that target.
It was a nice race in a nice location, and a precursor to the 70.3 in May!