Pics below are from 2008 race…..
This weekend I’m racing the Scody Half Ironman in Port Macquarie, home of Ironman Australia. I won this race this year and am surely going back to try and take it out again, a little faster than last year too would be nice. The course is over a lot of the Ironman course which is quit undulating and rough road, there is one steep hill on each lap of the bike which the crowd usually gets behind you and cheers, which is cool because you are riding at walking pace up it so they really get in your ear. A few years ago, I dropped my chain half way up it and had to get off and walk a bit to get chain back on and was really hard to get going again because it’s so steep and the crowd were going nuts because they thought I was walking because I was too tired to ride, so when I got going they were sooo pumped, they didn’t realise I;d just dropped my chain, and my friend steve hackett was behind me and saw it all and said he nearly fell off laughing.
Anyway, I’m always very careful of changing from big to little chainring there ever since, and I figure I’ve ridden that section 100 times since so I think I’ve got it down pat now.
My training has been going great since the Malaysian 70.3, all three sports have been on a steep uphill of improvement with no sign of the top yet so with 5 weeks to go till Ironman Busselton things are looking good for a strong showing. I’ve been swimming with the swimmers in my squad, which has been great, we’ve had a nice little crew in the distance lane of guys that are 5k and 10k guys. I’ve been doing some great running and track sets with a mate, and yesterday we even had some quick guys with us, one of which has top ten’d comrades marathon in SA a few times, I think he might of come 6th or 7th a few times, James or Bean could probably know him. I’ve also been running a little with one of Lydiards former pupils, he’s a Kiwi and well he’s a little older now then when he was at his peak but has a 2:25 PB for the marathon and says he was the worst of the NZ lydiard crew, he said he was fat and didn’t train hard, only 160k a week!!!!! The most training I’ve been doing with is my mate Wayno who is an agegrouper, who has been a real help, Wayno is a massuer and massages all the olympians in my swim squad and he’s been pushing me heaps on a few of the bike and run sets especially when I’m tired from the accumulated fatigue. It’s alway nice to finish a hard session and get the legs flushed out with a rub straight away too, I’ve got
On a really sad note, last friday I received devastating news that my good friend Tavis Johannsen owner of the Cyclezone bike shop of Mooloolaba died in his sleep. Tavis was 42 and a picture of health, he did triathlons recreationally, wasn’t overweight, and has a beautiful wife Fiona and 2 young children Sofie, 9 and Lani, 6. His sudden death has hit me really hard, we were good friends and our children get on so well they refered to each other as sisters. He was great friends with AJ and Lisbeth too, and was possibly going to make his shop a TBB store 14months ago when he opened, only the timing was out.
I learnt so much from Tavis, the kinda guy who displayed so many good traits that I aspire to have myself.