Archive | October, 2014

Robina Triathlon… an event recap for those that are slightly interested….

19 Oct

The countdown is on… in just under two weeks I will complete my first Olympic Distance Triathlon. noosatricountdown

Today, as a practice run I participated in the Queensland Triathlon Series Robina event – the Long Enticer distance of a 300m swim, 10km ride and 2.5km run. I entered primarily to practice my transitions and just have another go at a triathlon before the big event in 2 weeks.

At 0400hrs the alarm sounded and we got up (it was a 1.5 hour drive to the event…). My husband is a trooper!! On only a small amount of sleep he was up and at it to be my support crew (AGAIN!).

It is always a nervous wait at the start. This time I could share that nervous excitement with some others – Paul, Kylie and David were all participating in this event (colleagues from my last ward rotation). Paul, like me, was undertaking the Long Enticer distance and completing all three legs, whereas Kylie and David were participating in the longer QTS team event (along with David’s brother – a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run). We all agreed the waiting was the worst bit, so it was nice to have some others to share this experience. I’m aware that next time there will be about 150 of us in the Smiling for Smiddy Team – that’s plenty of people to distract me about the start…

It came time for my wave to start (I was the first one from our group to start) and I hit the water. The swim was a triangle shape in the canals on the Gold Coast. The water temperature was pretty good (apparently about 25 degrees) – the water clarity… well… it was murky… nothing like a good canal swim – it had the bonus of no discernible current though! I was again reminded how different open water swimming is to lap swimming – another reason I was happy I participated today. I couldn’t get my breathing under control and had to switch to breaststroke a couple of times which I was disappointed with. I sat just at the back of the pack of swimmers (and had to queue to actually get out of the water!) and while it was nice that I could keep up, it was a bit washing machine like. When I finished my swim I realised why I never got my breathing under control – 6:07 for 300m – a new PB for me. However, it was also a lesson in pacing myself. I know when I do laps at training I can go out hard, then I just have to remind myself to slow down and breathe – I’ll be doing that at Noosa!

I was pretty happy with my transition from swim to cycle. The route from the swim to the bike was grass or asphalt and meant that when I arrived at my bike I didn’t have to “clean myself up”. It was just a matter of shoes straight on, helmet on and head out (Dave was most impressed that I didn’t sit down this time!). I haven’t mastered the art of getting my feet into already clipped shoes, so I took it slow walking in slippery cycle shoes to the mounting line. The bike leg was good – it was a fairly straight flat route – which admittedly meant no rest periods on downhills… but, I was able to average 27km/hr which I was again very happy with. I passed a few people and a few people passed me. Finishing the cycle leg was easier than starting – I can get my feet out of shoes that are clipped in, so was then able to run barefoot with my bike into the second transition.

The feeling going from cycle to run is always a funny one – “running off the bike” they call it. Your legs feel really strange for a bit. This run was only 2.5km. The first km felt tough. I was trying to find some rhythm, feeling how my right leg was going (shin splint issues of late had me tape it for the run) and trying to push back the thoughts of “how am I ever going to make it through Noosa, I’m stuffed now!”. In actual fact, as I finished the run I was starting to feel better and had my breathing and rhythm sorted and then felt ready to keep running. I spotted Paul on the run leg heading out as I was heading home (he was catching me!), and was cheered in by Dave, Kylie and David. It was nice to finish, I grabbed a drink and headed back 100m to the crew so I could see Paul finish. At this point I decided I really had to keep moving as my leg was REALLY sore. Thankfully, having stretched and stretched, and massaged and massaged, it is feeling pretty good this afternoon. I felt good at the finish, and it didn’t take long at all to feel l could almost go again (although I admit to feeling a little weary this afternoon).


I managed to finish in 52:41 (according to my Garmin) and 52:39 according to their records. That’s an overall new PB so no complaints from me!

So, from here it’s onwards and upwards… well, a little more training next week then a quieter week in the lead up to Noosa. The thought that I have to do a triathlon four times the size of the one I did today is a little daunting. However, I know I can do each of the distances, and I know that I am determined. Combined I know I will finish. I have the added bonus that the next triathlon I’m completing is for a worthy cause, and when the going gets tough I’ll be sure to remember those who have to fight larger battles than a physical race, including those who have lost that battle. So, watch this space, the next even recap I’ll be doing will be Noosa!!

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My brother is awesome

4 Oct

As you are no doubt aware in October last year my younger brother Peter was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. Just like that he was told he had no future to look forward to and should consider resigning from work and ticking a few things off his bucket list. Peter was not interested in this suggestion.

In May this year, as Peter took my place in a ride to raise money for MND, the support from his employer and his workmates was phenomenal. As I wrote emails to thank these people I had never met for their generosity, one thing became very evident. My brother was, and is, a valued member of staff. He was consistently described as a charismatic leader, colleague and friend and those who work with him were willing to support him in any way they could.

Last night, Peter took out the title of South Australian Manager of the Year (run by the Australian Institute of Management). To win this category Peter had to demonstrate:

  • The ability to manage complex tasks, people, processes and the macro-environment
  • Recognition by their organisation, board, staff or other stakeholders as showing excellence in management and leadership
  • Effective communication of their organisation’s goals and vision to all stakeholders
  • A commitment to mentoring or other leadership activities
  • Demonstrated performance to budget

The Manager of the Year category is not only for CEOs or high profile executives but is aimed at those who have made management their profession – who have had an extraordinary impact on their organisation’s financial success through forward thinking strategies.

I have always known my brother was awesome – and so it seems do a few others. Congratulations Peter. We’re super proud of you. Here’s to another 40 years of successful employment (the retirement age will be 70 by the time you’re ready to retire!)!!