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BunBerri Classic

Posted on: November 25th, 2010 by admin 2 Comments

The countdown is on!

After a great couple of weeks of training ending with a long run and ride it was time for a road trip Bunbury and the annual BunBerri Classic. I hadn’t competed in this event for a couple of years but couldn’t wait for Sunday as the Bunbury Triathlon club put on such a great race. 2010 was to be no different and although the rain threatened early it ended up being the perfect day for racing with a quality local field recording some quick times.

I have attached the Bunbury Tri Club race report below

BunBerri Classic Triathlon 2010

2010 Bun”Berri” Classic Triathlon

The BunBerri Classic 2010 was run in near perfect triathlon conditions today with nearly 240 people

crossing the finish line. Competitors were split across sprint distance (750/20/5) and Olympic

distance (1.5/40/10) courses in open and age group categories. Transition was abuzz prior to race

briefing with anticipation of the 1st serious event for the season and Triathlon Western Australia

Triathlete of the Year (TOTY) points up for grabs.  The looming thunder clouds also added to the

atmosphere while the very light sprinkling of rain help to keep conditions cool.

The Orca Swim leg was held in the near glassy waters of Koombana Bay, the 21.5C temperature

allowing the Tech Officials to rule it wet suit legal swim, much to the relief of the age groupers.  The

Triathlon Excellence Program (an elite junior development program) squad members were the 1st

hit the water, led out by the strong swimming of Kenji Nener.  Kenji zoomed through the water and

was well clear into the 1st transition. His fellow competitors never saw his back again until after the

race, Kenji finishing well clear, some 5 minutes ahead of his nearest rival and breaking the 1 hour

barrier by 47 seconds for the 750m Swim, 20km Cycle and 5km run.

The open field were next away, and as expected they dusted the swim leg in quick time, with James

Lewin leading the men out of the water, closely followed by Guy Crawford from New Zealand with

Nick Murray a further minute behind. Local Young Gun Ash Bailie in her debut Olympic Distance

event was the first open female competitor out of the water, followed by stalwart competitors

Katrina Mercer and Kate Bevilaqua.

Flying through transition 1 it was then time to get down to serious business of the 40km Shotz Sports

Nutrition Ride cycle leg for the open competitors before the flood of age group competitors hit the

road.  All that shimmers and shines in triathlon was to be seen on the bike leg of the event and the

open competitors pushed their bikes hard around the 6.8 km circuit, enjoying the light breeze at

their back as they returned from the Eastern end of the course along Koombana Drive.  There were

some handy times to go along with the flash machinery, some athletes posting 40km/hr + averages

for the distance, which included Transition 1 and Transition 2 times.

Guy Crawford, warming up for Busselton Ironman in 2 weeks time pulled back some time on the bike

to be the 1st athlete to return to transition, overtaking early leader James Lewin.  At the pointy end

of the womens open field, Ash Bailie had surrendered her early lead by the smallest of margins to

Katrina Mercer as they moved through transition 2 together, while the long distance ability of Kate

Bevilaqua saw her lurking in 3rd place, only 15 seconds behind and ready to pounce.

The Athletes Foot run took in the scenic path around the inner Leschenault Inlet, with Guy Crawford

setting the pace early.  Guy was only to be seen in the distance as Ben Lyons & James Lewin exited

transition some 40 seconds behind, but the youngsters had the Kiwi in their sights.  It was going to

be anyone’s race in the open women’s field as the top 3 hit the footpath within a minute of each

other.  Would Ash “The Flash” Bailie win on debut against her more seasoned rivals?

Having to complete 2 laps of the run course would see the athletes come past transition and allow

the large crowd of onlookers to see how they were travelling.  Lewin had put in some hard yards to

catch Crawford as they passed  transition together for the final lap.  Ash Bailie had run off Katrina

Mercer, but looked uncomfortable, while the long distance legs of Kate Bevilaqua were proving their

worth as she had now taken the lead.  Ash Bailie fought hard on the final lap but was finding the

increased distance of the Olympic discipline to be a race that could not be run at Sprint Distance

speed throughout, and she could not hold out Katrina Mercer who eventually took second behind

Kate Bevilaqua.  Ash Bailie took 3rd place in the open women’s in her debut race.

The younger legs of Lewin were too good on the day and James crossed the line 1st in 1:54.37 ahead

of Guy Crawford and Nick Murray.  The strength of the field was shown on the results table with 5

athletes in the open men’s division posting times under the 2 hour psychological barrier.  Four of

those times would have won them the event in 2007.

From Bunbury the road trip continued south as Guy and I traveled to Margaret River where the first stop was a dip in the ocean for the sore legs followed by the mandatory sunset balcony ritual.
Monday was a busy day as we visited 4 schools in the Bunbury/Busselton area promoting the first IrohKids event to be held in Busselton next weekend prior to the Ironman. We we quite impressed by  some of the questions being asked about Triathlon. Especially from the primary school kids.
Tuesday included some much needed R & R and a trip to the movies for the next installment of “Harry Potter”!!
The week is nearly over so it is now time to get the bike race ready and head south again for the big one next weekend!
I can’t wait!!

Back and Busy!!

Posted on: November 10th, 2010 by admin No Comments

I am home! Back to little old Perth in Western Australia and as always, nothing much has changed. Which I don’t mind, I like it that way. It makes it easier to come home and get straight back into the normal routine as quickly as possible.  It was exciting to see mum and dad again and after the endless delays and changes of flights I was so glad when I eventually did make it! I was on a high for a few hours but by mid afternoon it hit me and I was struggling to keep my eyes open. The first few nights were not the best sleeps, although it was so nice to be back in my own bed! But I was waking up constantly through the night and always seemed to be wide awake by about 3.30am! Thank god that is not happening anymore!

It was straight back into the swim training the next morning, onto the bike for a ride with Bec and a long overdue gossip session and an easy run along the river. It has taken me a week to finally unpack my bags and find a place for all my new K-Swiss running shoes and clothes!

When I eventually ventured into my “Man Cave” (woman cave just doesn’t sound as good!) for a compi session I was excited to see that mum and dad had been busy while I was away!! It used to be a double car port for 2 cars. I took over one side when the compi came! Eventually I took over the entire space with a treadmill and gym set! Now it has some indoor/outdoor carport in it and I have no problems locking myself in there for the day!!

No excuses now! Everything I need is there!

I wasn’t home for long then I was off again but this time down south to Margaret River with Robbie, Barry, Julie, Wesley and Jane! Wes and Jane were competing in the Anaconda Adventure race which was being held on Sunday in Augusta but we thought we might was well make a weekend of it!

After arriving late on Friday night it was an early ride Sunday morning as Barry, Julie and I rode to Augusta bakery for breakfast and back again from out house in Gnarabup. It was a good 120km along Caves road which is rolling and a lot of those roads we love to hate! The “dead roads” that it seems no matter how hard you push you can’t seem to go any faster!

A trip into Margaret River followed with lunch at the Margaret River hotel then a nap was mandatory for all! I loved that part!

As the sun began to set it was time for compulsory drinks on the balcony and some R and R!!

Julie, Barry and Robbie enjoying the view, the food and the wine!

Sunday morning it was an easy jog along the beach, lunch at the Berry Farm and perfect timing to Augusta to see Wez finish his first solo Anaconda and Jane in a team! Unfortunately after that it was time to go and return to the city!

With 3 weeks to Busso I have recovered nicely from Hawaii and having the fitness already it is just about a few key sessions in the lead up then it will be time for race day!

The countdown is on!!

By the way Blake, you have been relegated to number 3!! At least for the next 6 months anyway! 🙂