Canberra ACT Olympic Distance Championships
Swim Lake 1.5 km - 2 x 750 m loops
Bike - Flat 40 km - 4 x 10 km loops
Run - Flat 10 km - 2 x 5 km loops
Arrived on Friday afternoon to a very hot Capital 35.c and a solid westerly. I did my usual pre-race jog with fellow Project M athlete Rob Sheeley and to be honest my legs felt terrible. I have been in a big workload with Challange Wannaka Full fast approaching but had had a "lighter" week leading in.
With a few delays race morning we were finally under way. With no Pro/Open Category i was the 3rd wave of the day, knowing a few of the quicker guys were all together in the first wave i knew it was just going to be a solo TT for the day. I purposely positioned myself to the far right and with a bit of a gap between myself and the rest of my wave, hoping to get a good jump and not drag anyone with me,
I had a great swim reaching the first turn buoy solo and extended my lead during the first lap. It was very congested lap 2 as i started to catch the earlier waves.
I exited the swim with a 1 min 10 sec advantage. A long 400 m run to T1 and onto my strongest leg for the day. I rode the first 20 km solid and backed off the 2nd half as the wind and heat was picking up. in and out of T2 i was the virtual leader by just over a minute (not knowing this at the time) and settled into a good rhythm again being mindful i had some big km's in my legs and the current conditions. I crossed the line with a 36 min run for 10 km and 2nd overall. Very very happy with my final hit out before my debut Ironman on the 18th February.
Some great results from the Project M team, with a few being this there first Olympic and some more advanced athletes having a good crack
Results as below
Lastly just want to say a big congratulations to Project M team mate Jarrod Boyd being crowned Australian 25-29 Sprint champion last week with a cracking race in Robina QLD
ACT Olympic Championships
Nathan Miller - 2nd overall 1st in Category
Chris Hamilton - 4th overall 2nd in category
Daniel Wells - 31st overall 8th in category
Ben Gaffey - 115th overall 21st in category (Debut)
Rob Sheeley - 134th overall 15th in category
Kate O;Conner - 11th female overall 3rd in category
Jay Gaffey - 33rd female overall 7th in category (Debut)
Paula Ryan - 34th female overall 4th in category
Melinda Price -39th female overall 5th in category (Debut)