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March, 2015:

Husky Triathlon Festival – February 2015

Report by Nicolee Martin

The Husky Long Course Triathlon Festival weekend has become an annual pilgrimage for some members of our club, and 2015 was no exception.

This year Atsuko McGowan, Caroline MakinNicolee Martin, Leah Newman, Lisa Moore and Dwayne Currie all headed to the coast on the weekend of 20/21/22 February 2015 to enjoy a fabulous weekend of racing.

The 10th anniversary festival kicked off with the 1km ocean swim event on the Friday evening in which Caroline finished second female overall and first in the F40-49 age group in an excellent time of 14.00, despite the quite challenging and choppy conditions where the return to the beach sent the swimmers through the rocky headland at low tide! Leah came a very credible 16th out of a large field of 33 women in the same age group in a time of 18.30.

Saturday morning dawned hot and muggy after the over night rain but this did not deter Caroline who lined up with the other 580 women raring to go in the sprint distance triathlon event (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run). Caroline had another cracking swim (without wetsuit) and was out of the water 3rd in her age group behind two top level female triathletes wearing wetsuits and went on to have a really solid ride and strong run to come home 26th in her age group in 1:30:42 which was an 8 minute PB compared to her race in 2014.

Finally, Atsuko & Nicolee joined 265 other crazy women alongside Lisa & Dwayne (in a 3 person team with their friend Dave on the bike leg), for the long course triathlon event (2km swim, 83km ride & 20km run) on the Sunday morning. Nicolee’s husband Steve, an experienced endurance triathlete, was also participating as much needed moral support for Nicolee along the course. Atsuko (finishing in a time of 6:10:59 and 45th in the F30-39 age group) and Nicolee (finishing in a time of 6:27:18 and 36th in the F40-49 age group) found the course quite tough, especially in the hot and increasingly windy conditions during the run leg, but they were both happy to finish and were a little teary having achieved such a big goal. Lisa & Dwayne’s team (the “Uber Somethings”) finished the course in a fabulous 5:06:49 with Lisa swimming a terrific first leg in 28:52 and  Dwayne completing the run in 2:01:07 to come 28th out of 75 mixed teams!

It was an action packed weekend – well celebrated with lots of beer, wine and champagne across the Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings… think about putting it on your list of must does for 2016 if you fancy a triathlon challenge and a fun weekend away!

Sri Chinmoy Lake Swims – 8 March 2015

Report by Maria Castles

Six Viking club members ventured to Lake Burley Griffin on a beautiful autumn morning for the annual Sri Chinmoy Lake Swims event. The balloons were out as well as a good number of swimmers of all ages on Sunday, 8 March 2015.

The 5km event was started first, which was two laps of a 2.5km course. Greg Gourley entered this event and was the winner of his age group. The 2.5km swim was next, one lap of the same course. Four club members swam in this – Lisa Moore, Deborah Johns, David Bale and Nick Dando. The final event was 500m, out to a central buoy then back to the finish line with Maria Castles swimming in this event.

Conditions were good and the lake temperature was pleasant. All enjoyed their swims and the novices among the group (Deborah and Maria) were pleased to have one completed lake race ‘under their belt’. The Wednesday evening practices paid off, thanks Petrina – and a bonus 3rd place in her age group for Deborah.

Afterwards, pancakes were enjoyed and swims reviewed.

Full results are available.

 

Whilst some of our swimmers were doing laps in the lake, some were taking on an ocean swim at Broulee on the NSW coast and some were racing up and down a 50m pool in Blacktown in Sydney – yet again the mighty Vikings are seen around the ACT and NSW showing their strength and versatility in the water!