City of Perth Olympic Distance Triathlon

Monday, Jan 31, 2011 at 15:59

TriathlonOz - David

Yesterday, I competed in the City of Perth Triathlon an "Olympic Distance" event, so the race distances were:

Swim: 1.5km
Cycle: 40km
Run: 10km

As most of you are no doubt aware, Perth was bracing for Cyclone Bianca and so the weather was a bit unsettled on Saturday (as were our nerves) in the lead up to the race and the race organisers, TriEventsWA were issuing updates every few hours to keep entrants informed in case there was need to cancel the event. Thankfully, when we awoke at 5am on Sunday morning there was no sign of wind nor rain and so we headed to the Perth foreshore to setup for our race.

I did this race last year and really wasn't looking forward to the swim in the river. I've also had a bad pre-race week having experienced what I am starting to admit is possible the result of overtraining and overracing - and no time off plus a huge amount of work stress with heavy programming loads = late nights. The prospect of a cancelled race was almost a welcome thought! But the race went ahead in clear but extremely hot and humid conditions. The day's max temp was 38 degrees and many people pulled out from heat stroke in the run leg.

We have the results but these are currently being disputed - seems there was a problem with their website results forms yesterday, but I have the Garmin 310xts recording but too disapointed to even publish it. Just put it this way, I was lucky to even finish - I was one of many that fell apart during the run leg from heat exhaustion.

If it's not hurting your not tri'ing!
David Martin
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