Tre-X Cross Triathlon National Championships

Some write ups from an amazing weekend in the Snowy Mountains where I collected the title of Australian Elite Female Cross Triathlon Champion!

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Allen & Bucher Top Australian TreX Nationals

Challenge Melbourne Sprint

Melbourne turned on perfect weather for Challenge Melbourne this year. It was also the first year a sprint event was added to the schedule.

The race was a 700m calm swim, 30km ride along the scenic beach road, finishing up with a 7km run which included some winding through the cross country trails.

I only decided to entry a few days before the event and I was very glad I did. I had a good swim start putting me into the lead and never looked back. It’s such a good feeling to collect the winning tape and the finish line. Great motivation for the rest of the season. Great to have off-road triathlon pro Jacqui Slack come down to Melbourne and push me the whole race.

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Summer is for open water swimming

In summer my interest in swimming is greatly increased. It’s the time when you can leave the pool and head to the open water. One of the problems with living in Melbourne is that this season is just not long enough.

One the benefits of my job is that the office is in Port Melbourne and so I can do a weekly open water swim before work at Elwood and still make it to work by 8am. No better way to start the day than a calm bay swim with a great sunrise. If your lucky you can see a few rays out on the journey to from Elwood to Brighton and return.

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There have been two open water swim races that I have been doing for years.

Point Leo Boxing Day swim is the one I have done for the longest. Its used to be a friendly rivalry between one of my best mates form school and myself. Sadly, she is in Africa at the moment so their was no bragging rights on the line but for the first time after all these years I took line honors and I won the Open Female Age Group! It was a rough day and I loved!point leo

I spent my Australia Day weekend back down the Peninsula and competed in another favorite open water race, the MMAD swim, Mount Martha Australian Day swim. Conditions were perfect, calm, sunny and the water was so clear. I finished 2nd in the 18-29 female age group.

Looking forward to many successful open water events

 

 

Victorian Gatorade Series – Round 1 Elwood

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The Victorian Gatorade Triathlon Series season has begun. Round 1 was at Elwood on Sunday. I woke up feeling better than I expected after the off-road triathlon yesterday and decided to race Gatorade. Conditions were perfect.

It was good to more female elites and ITU juniors on the start line, hopefully a sign of bigger fields as the season goes on. The gun went off for a calm, one lap swim. I soon discovered that my body was pretty spent from yesterdays adventures and I didn’t have top gear and got dropped early on in the swim. I exited the water with a couple of ITU juniors, a fair way back from the leaders. Onto the bike and I was really hoping for some girls to draft as my legs were feeling really heavy but the field was pretty strung out. I slowly worked my way through the field and by the end of the ride I had moved up into 3rd.

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Out onto the run and the legs just said no to speed. I slipped back to finish 5th Elite female. Congrats to Ellie Salthouse on the win.

Big opening weekend of racing completed. Time to recover and get in some decent training ready for next year!

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Victorian Off-Road Triathlon Championships

Saturday was the Victorian Off-road Triathlon Championships in Bendigo. It was also my first triathlon after an extended break.

This is a great event for anyone wanting to give a off-road triathlon a go but also allows strong mountain bikes to use their skills to there advantage.

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Swim was a calm 2 lap lake swim. Then it was a short climb over the hill to transition (I remembered to put some runner at the water exit this year and save my feet running into bike compound). Then you head out onto 3 x 10km bike loops. It starts with a bit of fire road. Enough to get yourself sorted and take a drink then you head into the single track which is where you stay for the remainder of the lap. It is good fun winding around the bush with a few little climbs and descents thrown in there to mix things up. It was also a bit rocker and rougher than I remember and my back was really wishing I rode a dual suspension. I really enjoyed the ride but felt my fitness faded a bit. Unfortunately I got a flat about a kilometer from the end and had to run back to T2.

Up the hill and onto the run. The In2adventure team definitely made sure this was an “offroad” run. They even threw in some large trees to climb over and a decent run through a aquaduct.

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I was happy to take the overall age group female line honours and win my 25-29 Age Group, hopefully securing me a spot in the Aussie team for next year. My time was also quiet respectable in the elite field to which has given me lot of confidence for Australian Championship at Lake Crackenback in February next year.

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National Cyclocross Championships 2015

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Fields of Joy put on a really challenging course for the National Cyclocross Championships in Melbourne.

There was a great women’s field and made for close racing.

After a shocking start where I went from the front line to dead last into the first corner I moved through the field and got up into forth position. Unfortunately I rolled my front tyre off the rim. I was happy to finish 6th in the National Cyclocross Championships and even have UCI points!

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