A small but brave team from LTC recently attended the opening event of the Triathlon Queensland race calendar, the Springfield Duathlon. Brave seems an odd word to use for a triathlon event, but racking bikes in 0-1 degrees makes any Queenslander brave in my opinion.
So with beanies and gloves (and club hoodie for Anthony), our triathletes set off on the quite challenging course. A duathlon combines two of the three Tri disciplines, so a run, then a ride, with a final run to complete. Two distances were on offer, the full distance – a 10k run, 40k cycle and 5k run, and the sprint – a 5k/20k/2.5k.
The run course was good, fairly flat and nice and easy to get around. The cycle presented a whole different challenge. A circuit style course, either 3 or 6 laps, presented a challenge to even the experience iron men among our little team. A 1.5 k climb provided a fairly tough ride for the beginning of the season, one to get the legs and the lungs working.
First in on the full was David, powering home and making it look easy. Anthony and Keven raced well, but were perhaps not quite as fresh, having competed in the Brisbane marathon events the week before.
In the sprint event, Sue cruised through, although admits the highlight of her day was watching her daughter complete the kids tri-it-out race. Sean and Skye both did amazingly well in their first duathlon event, however, both admit that running off the bike is not as easy as it looks (bring on the brick training sessions). Sadly Erika and Belinda returned to the tent early, both having to withdraw for medical reasons – not the start to the season either was hoping for.
The day turned out to be a fairly nice one after the cold start, we survived the freezing conditions – but as with all crazy triathletes, plans to conquer this course next year is already in the works ( we need to train the hill, maybe do a few Ipswich Parkruns to acclimatise….). A great beginning to the season by a great club 🙂