Nepean Triathlon


Nepean Triathlon is Australia’s oldest. In 2016 the race celebrated its 35 th

anniversary, it was my second appearance at the same venue.

The race marked exactly one year since I had decided it was time to get a

coach and, thus, had been under the tutelage of Nathan. I thought it would be

a perfect reference point of any gains I might have made in that time.

It was a brisk morning with temperatures hovering close to single digits;

thankfully the water was slightly warmer. The swim was a wetsuit affair and I

set off in the tenth wave, what seemed an eternity after the pro’s had left.

I felt good during the swim, with a lot of miles in the arms I churned through

the 1km with minimal interference and managed to find a few sets of feet

along the way.

I was a little shocked at how slow the time had been but, in hindsight, I was

about where I expected to be in the field and the time was more a reflection of

conditions on the day.

The swim isn’t my strong point so I was keen to press on during the bike and

run. I was in and out of T1 as quickly as possible. The results show that I

made up 11 places there alone.

The 30km out-and- back ride presented a bit of a challenge, but only for half of

the ride. A solid wind had whipped up, thankfully it was a tailwind on the way

out and had me feeling like Sir Bradley Wiggins, whizzing past earlier waves

with a minimum of fuss.

Then I reached the turnaround.

The breeze slapped you in the face like a disgruntled wife after you’ve rocked

up home at 4am after just going down the pub for one beer. The figure of

Bradley Wiggins was quickly replaced by a 4yo trying to ride up Bulli Pass.

I focused on staying aero and keeping the power on and still steadily made

progress through the field. I jumped off the bike with a time three minutes

faster than a year earlier and I had made up a further nine places.

I couldn’t wait to get onto the run, easily my favourite leg. That in itself was an

indication of how things had changed in a year, 12-months earlier I was

dreading it.

I immediately found a good rhythm and a comfortable heart rate, that happy

medium between not having a go and completely blowing up. I was happy

when I saw the pace that I was running and did all that I could to hold it for

10km.

I crossed the line with the third best 10km I have ran and easily my best off a

bike. I’d made up another nine placed to finish 21 st of 97 in my age-group. A

year earlier I had finished 62 nd and gone eight minutes slower.

One of the big take-aways for me is that consistency and hard work, along

with a good program and advice, will give you great scope for improvement.

There is still a long way to go but I am very happy with how far I have come.

Now it’s onto Challenge Shepparton in mid November where I’ll make my half-

distance debut, I can’t wait.

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