October 16, 2009


For something new and exciting I joined the Concorde Triathlon Club. They host a season of aquathons (swim + run events) around the Bay area. Our first event was a 200m swim, 5k (or so) run, 300 m swim. I didn't die and I even got an honourable mention in the newsletter! Check it out!

October 14 – First Aquathon at Drummoyne Pool – Everyone races well and safely - congratulations

Our first aquathon of the season got under way under a threatening sky and cool and blustery conditions. Despite the weather, we had an excellent turn-out with 32 competitors setting off for the Brent Street Single event.

Again it was great to see many new (and I must say anxious) faces awaiting the starters gun. However, to be expected, with so many having a go for the first time with CTC without having seen one of the aquathons before. To that end, a big welcome to: Julie, Cathy, Tim, Fiona, Rosemary, Bianca, Vicki, Pauline, Sam(uel), Fiona, Mike, Steph, Steve, Brad, Helen, Nathan, Lindsay, Beccie, Dan, Anthonys, Phillip and Georgie who raced with us for the first time last night. We trust you enjoyed the experience and we will see you at more races this season.

Group 2 set off 8 minutes later. First home in this group was ‘Slim’ Jim Kirkpatrick - showing the benefits of some sneaky personal training in the off season. Well done Jim - looking good. Group 3 next week can be your reward! Jim was closely followed by Mike who is also a member of our sister tri club - Balance.
This group also contained our recent acquisition from Georgia USA - Lindsay, who managed to post a very respectable time despite a relaxed approach to her transitions. Leaving “room for improvement” as she noted later.
Another import - Beccie from the UK , raced hard becoming the first female home overall. Well done Beccie. Special mention in this group also goes to Anna who is showing off some new running form this season.
So a great effort to all who competed. Conditions weren’t easy. That head wind out made life tough for all competitors. (Wait till summer however guys, the prevailing wind is usually a North Easterly, which means you are running back into it!). The breezy conditions also made it hard for Marshals - in particular Brett, who apparently was almost was blown away with all his equipment on more than one occasion.

Next week’s event is the Duke Avenue Single; a 500m swim followed by 5.6k run. (Those concerned about their swimming might think about having a practice run over the weekend!).

At the time of writing, the long range forecast is for very warm conditions - 30 degrees. Hope to see you all there. Until then - train well.

Steve Nielsen

I guess that means I better get to the pool before next week. 500 meters, yeah--that's going to be "interesting."

October 6, 2009

road trip + wine = the hunter valley

don't worry, George was our fearless and gracious DD. Thank you George.