Tri becomes a fit family tradition
THE Clarence Valley Triathlon Club managed to find about the only break in the weather for Sunday’s outing at Yamba this week.
In overcast but dry conditions the adults were again outnumbered by the juniors.
With continuing high numbers, especially juniors, safety on the bike track is paramount, and it was pleasing to see an adult entourage alongside the juniors for safety and encouragement.
The sponsors award of the week went to Tess Dougherty for her effort in completing a 300m swim, 10km bike ride and 4km run in a time of 1hour 5 mins and 57 seconds.
Tess, who will now go into the adult start time, is guaranteed to continue to improve her performances.
Great to see the numbers turning out from the Porter, Leary, Dougherty and Adams families.
The great thing about triathlon is that it can be a family affair. Triathlon can be taken at any level – you set the pace, and for some it is more social than anything else.
For those who may be more competitive, Mooloolaba tri is rapidly approaching, so some of our members opted for a shorter distance this week as part of their taper toward this event next weekend.
Of the 12 handicapped starters, Brea crossed the finish line first after a bike ride shortened by a flat tyre, Richelle completed a short course to cross in second, and Al – needs more handicap – finished third. Then came Regan, Dave and Paul who shortened their bike distance in preparation for next weekend.
Apart from Al, Aaron Watts in seventh was the first honestly handicapped competitor home, and will earn himself another three minutes on his handicap for his improvement.
Then came Steve, who somehow got himself into the six minute handicap instead of the 12 minute, with Richard, Chris, Kim and Penny Burgess following.
Well and truly hooked on triathlon in only her second event, Penny took off in the run to fly past Kim and Chris in the first lap but was not quite able to maintain for the full three.
Her enthusiasm, together with some swim and bike training, will see her handicap reduce in future weeks and ensure her return.
Our next club event will be April 3, followed by a breakfast barbecue at the Yamba Pool.
Register by 7.20am, all welcome.