I had a quick in and out trip to Penrith in NSW on the weekend for the Nepean triathlon, Australia’s oldest triathlon event. It was my first time racing Nepean and being a non-drafting format it was a race I was quite looking forward to competing in to see how I would fair against both the ITU athletes and the long course/ non-drafting specialists.
I Flew into Sydney the day before with my Dad who had snagged a bargain last minute flight and we drove off to the course site. The international Regatta Centre, the same location of the 2013 Aus Youth Olympic Festival triathlon and so a location I have had good fortune on before. Something I looked at continuing.
The last race I did started at 5.15pm so it was a bit of a shock to the system to be starting at 7.00am so after an early night, and early morning it was time to race. When given the option of where to start I always try and find myself near the top swimmers in the field to get the bet draft and get into some clean water so I had my eyes peeled for Aaron Royle and Josh Amberger as I knew they would likely be up the front out of the water. I found myself next to Bailie who was next to Amberger, I wasn’t going to push my way between them here though as there was a much more relaxed and friendly vibe at the start of the race than what I’m use to. After 600-700m into the 1km swim I started working harder to reduce the gap to Josh and Aaron who’s lead was growing to the rest of the field. I exited the water in 3rd place, with my swim being my weakest leg, it was a position I was happy to be in at that stage of the race.
I have really enjoyed doing a bit of work on My Giant Trinity time trial bike over the past month+. after a bit of time of riding like a bit of a hack post a mini break after Edmonton I knew I would at least look the part with the Trinity and ZIPP Sub 9 Disc even if I didn’t ride the part. After some solid training though I managed to string together some good end of season form a week out from the Nepean Race. Myself, Appelton, Good and Bailie rode hard but failed as Royle and Amberger went up the road and put a big time gap between us and them. Something I will definitely be focusing on this coming weekend in Noosa. Ride hard with no passengers and be in the race for the win, not for the podium.
I was feeling pretty good for the start of the run but am still a bit cautious of going out too hard and suffering for it in the back end of the race with a 10km run so played it safe and let Bailie and Good set the pace early on and after running through Amberger at the 3km mark Bailie seemed to be on a mission to reduce the gap to the lead position. Either that or he was just trying to make me hurt. Whatever his intentions, he succeeded in both. I somehow managed to get the better of Bailie within the last 1500m after getting dropped by him with 2.5km to go. I was desperate to get that second step on the podium as I knew the prize money halved from 2nd – 3rd, and I need to get a bit of cash in my back pocket! I also took the fastest run split of the day and gained 30 seconds on race winner Royle.