2.4 km swim - 52 km bike - 15 km run
Overall male winner from Australia in 2:39:27
Overall female winner also from Australia in 3:01:59
The race flyer I had said 1.9 km swim. The extra 500 m
surprised me. I was a bit dissappointed they changed this
without telling us.
Swim was very rough. Wind, big swells, and little chopper waves
made this swim among the more difficult I have done. My time was
45 minutes and change (an average to slightly above average swim
amongst the field).
A pleasantly rolling course with a few decent climbs and descents.
I negative splitted here, taking 50 minutes out and 43 minutes back.
They advertised a 56.5 km course and gave us 52 km. I passed
many people on the return leg, lncluding sprint triathletes.
Advertised as 9 miles, actually was 15 km (9.3 miles). A pleasantly
rolling course with some nice hills in it, big and small. I ran
extremely well (for me) at 7:28/mi pace until 8.3 miles, and then I
hit the wall and walked most of the last mile in sugar-depleted
dizziness, finishing at 1:15 and change.
Final time was 3:38 and change, 78th out of 167 starters.
Overall a well run race and nice course layout. Only points
of criticism were the awkward hours of the race checkin (12-4 PM),
the lack of water BOTTLES on the course (cups were given out with
most being spilled upon handoff), and the lack of an electrolyte/
energy drink on the run, which I though also was advertised.
I guess I count on the race to have the distances and supplies
as advertized and/or essential to athletes.
My criticism intensity is relatively low. Overall, this race
was one of the finest I have done in a wonderfully friendly,
clean and scenic town, and only 7 hours away!
I'll go back without a doubt!
Rolf "Ironman" Arands, PhD in ChEng
"This above all, to thine own self be true."