Race Report- Kawana Aquathlon incorporating Qld Aquathlon Champs
Date : 17/11/18
Distance : 300m swim / 2.5km Run
Result : State Champion U/14 Years Male
It was an extremely hot day racing in the aquathlon which I knew was going to be challenging. Talking with coach pre-race we discussed how we were going to adapt to the heat, with the solution being a shorter run warm-up, this had helped keep the body temperature down before the race with still doing a regular swim warm-up.
With a bit of glare coming off the water the tinted Mk11 were the choice of goggles which were perfect. I had a good start off the beach which was about a 20m run before I had started swimming. I was tied 1st around the first boy and had sat on his hip for most of the swim until picking the pace up heading into the beach, to come out in front.
With a quick transition I had extended the lead and was now heading out onto the run. Nobody looked threatening so I decided to run it at a comfortable, relaxed pace saving my legs for the triathlon the next day, I had extended the lead as the run went on and was extremely to take the win quite easily.
Race Report- Kawana Triathlon
Date : 18/11/18
Distance : 300m swim / 10km Cycle / 2.5km Run
Result : 1st Place U/14 Years Male / 1st Overall in Enticer
It had turned out to be a wet overcast day for the triathlon on the Sunday which was going to be it a bit more difficult. I was feeling nice and fresh knowing it was going to be a fast day of racing with a stacked field. With the roads being wet it was discussed with coach Toby Coote to be a bit more cautious cornering on quite a technical bike course.
The regular run and swim warm up were undertaken. With Minor technique changes being made in my swim stroke from yesterday in the Auathlon, identified by coach, I was feeling fast and ready to swim, proving to make a massive difference as I lead out of the water by 6 seconds and was onto the bike in front. It was a 2-lap bike course with the 2 boys being close behind me catching me on the first lap, I knew I couldn’t let them get too far in front so they were within striking distance.
Both the boys got off the bike together and had a 25 second lead on me into the run, my legs felt great and light running in the Mizuno Wave Sonics. I knew I could run them down I caught 2nd place just after the first km clocking a 3.20 1st km, by that time I had 1st in my sight. I was taking serious ground off him quite quickly and had caught him by the turn around. There was about 1km to go from there and knew I could hold on and take the victory, I had averaged 3.20’s for the run leg and was extremely happy to take the victory.
My next race will be QTS # 4 at Raby Bay then we have the first round of the Australian Junior Series with the Super Sprint Race Weekend on 13-16th December at Runaway Bay
Qld All Schools and Qld Athletics - Race report
Queensland Athletics Champs – 800m
Heat – Qualified for Final
Final – 5th Place 13 Years Boys – 2.11
Queensland Schools Triathlon
Distance - 300 / 10 / 2.5
Result – 3rd Place Junior Boys / 1st Sunshine Coast Region / Qualified for Queensland Schools Triathlon Champs
It was that time of year again, first major race of the season, Queensland All Schools. The lead up to the race was great, was fit fast and ready to fire after a really solid block of training in preparation. It was always going to be a challenging, and I knew that, with a strong field of competitors and hot weather it was tough.
I had left in the 2nd wave 2 minutes after the first wave that had majority of the stronger athletes, so I knew I was going to be chasing. The vorgee MK11 were the goggles of choice and were absolutely amazing to race with, which had proved to help leading my wave out of the water and was chasing down the leaders.
Onto the bike and was happy with my position, I was extremely happy with my bike and believed that I had rode well, battling a head wind on the way out and what you could say as quite a technical course had taken a bit out of the legs but was still feeling great. A few issues technique wise, were discovered by coach, that I knew have got to be worked on, however overall it was a great ride. I had dropped 50 seconds to the leader heading into T2 and new time had to be made up on the run.
Advice by Coach Toby Coote was given pre-race about not killing myself in the first km, which was ignored as I had taken it out too hard which resulted in stitching up, thankfully it was bearable and I still ended up with an average run having the quickest split, unfortunately I hadn’t made up the time that was needed but was still happy with a 3rd place.
In the lead up to the Qld All Schools Triathlon, I competed in the Qld Schools Athletics Championships in Brisbane. I was competing in the 800m and 1500m. Unfortunately, the timing of the 15500m final coincided with the Triathlon. It was a hard decision to pull out of the 1500 as I am the reigning National Champion at this distance, but I want to pursue Triathlon so that took precedent.
The heats of the 800m were on the Thursday and Final on the Saturday. It was fast and furious in the Heats but I qualified with a time of 2.13. Now for the Final and it was going to be fast. Dylan took the running at the start and powered on to win in 2.03. I tried to go with him but he was running quickly. I tried to hold off the runners coming from behind. 2 seconds separated 2nd to 6th. I was happy with 5th place in 2.11
My focus turned to recovery and preparation for Sundays Triathlon. My next race will be Round 3 of the Queensland Triathlon Series on 18th November with the Queensland Aquathlon Champs the day before both on home soil at Lake Kawana.
A huge thanks to all the sponsors who had supported me in the lead up to the race and a big wrap for Toby for his guidance and patience for getting me where I am.