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my favorite run loop

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

So I am very fortunate to live just 1.5km from the amazing Burleigh Beach!
My townhouse is right opposite a wild life reserve park, which leads all the way to the beach.
There is an amazing board walk which runs through ‘Fleys Wildlife Park’ all the way up the hill to the top of what’s known as ‘Koala Park’.
The wooden board walk is about 400 metres long and the trail about 1.5km through the almost ‘tropical’ rain forrest.
At the top of Koala park I run down the hill towards the beach around Burleigh Headland with the most amazing view of the ocean on my right hand side.This is also a magnificant run trail, you can head striaht up for an even better view of Burleigh and currumbin!
The loop is exactly 10km with some small hills and the best scenery in the world!
My run this week was almost cut short as my bridge through the park was flooded over.With the crazy weather lately created by the ‘La Nina’ (opposite to El Nino) we have had ridiculous amounts of rain!
In these pictures it shows my wooden running bridge flooded by water!
This didnt stop me I actually shuffled though the water and got some nice soggy running shoes!
Bring on Summer I say, I hope it hurrys up as the sun has been hiding way too much lately!The last pic is with my two boys Byron and Charlie at Burleigh Headland, the boys favorite spot!

Busselton Ironman

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Sunday the 5 th was the 7 th Ironman held in Busselton.
In 2004 I won the inaugural race in my Ironman debut in 902!
There were feelings of excitement and nostalgia, a race i will never forget and a beautiful place to hold an Ironman!
I went into the race confident that if I set myself up on the bike I would possibly be able to hold on for the run!
Not my usual race tactic as I love coming from behind with a typical fast run to try to win!However I knew I had not done the run preparation(afew injuries since hawaii) I hadn’t been able to do the running I needed to put in my usual stellar run!
The cool change made it a perfect temperature but mother nature
wasn’t all on our side with some pretty strong winds all day!
The swim saw me exit just under two minutes behind race leader
Lucie Z from SA, unfortunate for her she suffered from a flat tyre
just 15 km in when I took the lead!
This was where I aimed to take control of the race so I rode hard
trying to get a good gap. Amela Pearson stayed with me for the first
lap of the 3x60km loops.By the first lap I had over 8 minutes on
Kate Beviaqua and felt strong, but I could see a pack forming behind
me there was nothing I could do but race my own race!
Every split of the 3x 60km were exactly 1hr40 min and I had held
my pace and leaders position all day!
With only 30 km to go they informed me the pack including Bevilaqua were now only two min down, it was frustrating to hear
but I pushed to try and hold off! Unfortunately I was caught by
them with ten km to go!
Myself and Kate got into transition close together I was about 30
seconds down and ran out to overtake her after less than 500
metres!
I felt good for the first lap of 4 x10 km loops but by the second my
legs were almost gone! I tried not to think of all the run miles I had
missed out on and pushed through a bad patch, which saw Kate B take the lead!
I was shattered but knew I needed to pace myself and it was still possible I could pull her back in the last lap!
I dug in for the last time 3 km to go, but fell short by just under 3minutes!
Kate stumbled across the finish line in front of her welcoming home
crowd, very well deserved as she collapsed across the finish line!
Courtney Ogden had a superb day to take the mens after seeing
Lukey Bell lead all day till 20 km to go, it was a gutsy effort by the
two if them!Matty White had a great debut in 2nd ,Pete Jacobs finished 3rd.
In the womens Kate, myself and a strong day by up and coming newbie Amelia Pearson to take the third podium spot.
Thanks to WTC, Shane Smith and Tiff Tri travel and Kenny Baggs for
a magnificent event!
Hopefully I’ll be back next year to try and beat my time from 2004
and maybe break that 9 hour mark!