I always really enjoy going to low key events which are organised and run by the community. The Woopi (Woolgooga) triathlon is only about an hour down the road, so I thought it would be great race practise with no pressure. I also just like to get away with Jess for the weekend and make it into a mini holiday.
The race consisted of an 800m swim at the main beach, a 5 lap 30km ride through the town, and an 8km run up to the lookout, around town, then back along the beach to the finish. Hometown Boy Richard Pearson was on the start list, and every race we do its really close, so I was really looking forward to a great battle.
It was a beach start, and it didn’t take long for Richard and I to break away from the field, and neither of us wanted to give an inch, pretty much swimming side-by-side the whole swim. I don’t think Ive ever actually wished a swim leg had been longer, but in this case I wouldn’t have minded, the water was so clear and blue, you could see everything............... I might take my snorkel next year!
Onto the bike, I tried to push the pace as much as possible, but the short loops through town was like riding around a Go-Cart track, so once you get up to a good speed, you then had to put on the brakes for another sketchy corner. I wasn’t able make a break from Richard, so it was going to come down to a foot race.
The first km of the run was really tough, all the way up Woolgooga lookout hill, which was so steep that it was just as hard coming down as it was going up. After getting onto the flats, I started to feel lighter on my feet, and I slowly opened up a lead. The course zigzagged through the town of Woolgooga, and I completely lost my bearings and had no idea of how far I had to go. Luckily I hit the final stretch down the beach with a big enough lead to hold Richard off to claim the win.
Even though this race doesn’t mean much in regards to my long term triathlon goals, these are the stepping stones that really help to build my confidence and experience. Huge thanks to the organisers and volunteers, it was a really well run event and I already look forward to next years event.