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Karri Valley Triathlon – Race report, Matty White

I have been involved in the Team Latitude concept since its inception racing events such as the Port Douglas Long Course, Coles Bay and now Karri Valley Triathlon, and more importantly I enjoyed racing them all and had

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a fun weekend away giving back to the sport and meeting new people at grass roots races. I love racing low key events a few times a year as it gives the body a chance to relax and enjoy the atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of the big races which can be quite full-on sometimes with sponsor and race commitments.

The good thing about Karri Valley was that there was no phone, internet or TV reception, which felt pretty good and gave everyone  chance to relax a bit more and converse. The Stadium Tri Club do a fantastic job with this event with everything being close by with the race location centralized within the resort which had great chalet style accommodation making everyone really comfortable.

mattyKVTRace Day was not ideal by any stretch of the imagination and was disappointing as most years I was told the race was held in sunny warm conditions. This year however it was raining hard and quite cold, and with the no wetsuit swim for the Open field it was not ideal for me who is USELESS in the cold conditions!

I had a great swim coming out in pack with Tim Berkel, Pete Roberton, Justin Brewer and Courtney Ogden, but as soon as we hit dry land, or should I say WET land thats where the fun started as Berkz took a 20m dive going over the speed hump, the rain was pelting down at this time and conditions were quite treacherous to say the least; full credit to Tim who got up and rode with us for the 1st lap before conceding to his battle scars.

I was joined on the bike by Robbo and Ogden, and I decided to ride hard at the front for the 1st lap primarily to stay warm more than anything! Robbo came around me at the start of lap 2 and drove the pace really hard, obviously still carrying some good leg strength from his 10th place at Ironman Melbourne a week before. The lift in pace shelled Ogden and eventually myself giving Robbo a minute lead into T2.

I was feeling quite good on the bike and was confident in my run despite coming off a really heavy training week, so I decided to try and use the run as my hard run set for the week and see what would happen. I caught Robbo at 2km who was obviously fatigued from Ironman. I pushed hard right to the end to hold off Courtney and win by about 4 minutes.

The course was challenging with some decent climbs on the ride and some cross country running and puddle jumping as you can see from my filthy race kit, but this was what made it fun and different and I urge any one who would like a great weekend away and a fun challenging event to come do this race.

Matty

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Karri Valley Triathlon – Race report, Matty White

I have been involved in the Team Latitude concept since its inception racing events such as the Port Douglas Long Course, Coles Bay and now Karri Valley Triathlon, and more importantly I enjoyed racing them all and had

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a fun weekend away giving back to the sport and meeting new people at grass roots races. I love racing low key events a few times a year as it gives the body a chance to relax and enjoy the atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of the big races which can be quite full-on sometimes with sponsor and race commitments.

The good thing about Karri Valley was that there was no phone, internet or TV reception, which felt pretty good and gave everyone  chance to relax a bit more and converse. The Stadium Tri Club do a fantastic job with this event with everything being close by with the race location centralized within the resort which had great chalet style accommodation making everyone really comfortable.

mattyKVTRace Day was not ideal by any stretch of the imagination and was disappointing as most years I was told the race was held in sunny warm conditions. This year however it was raining hard and quite cold, and with the no wetsuit swim for the Open field it was not ideal for me who is USELESS in the cold conditions!

I had a great swim coming out in pack with Tim Berkel, Pete Roberton, Justin Brewer and Courtney Ogden, but as soon as we hit dry land, or should I say WET land thats where the fun started as Berkz took a 20m dive going over the speed hump, the rain was pelting down at this time and conditions were quite treacherous to say the least; full credit to Tim who got up and rode with us for the 1st lap before conceding to his battle scars.

I was joined on the bike by Robbo and Ogden, and I decided to ride hard at the front for the 1st lap primarily to stay warm more than anything! Robbo came around me at the start of lap 2 and drove the pace really hard, obviously still carrying some good leg strength from his 10th place at Ironman Melbourne a week before. The lift in pace shelled Ogden and eventually myself giving Robbo a minute lead into T2.

I was feeling quite good on the bike and was confident in my run despite coming off a really heavy training week, so I decided to try and use the run as my hard run set for the week and see what would happen. I caught Robbo at 2km who was obviously fatigued from Ironman. I pushed hard right to the end to hold off Courtney and win by about 4 minutes.

The course was challenging with some decent climbs on the ride and some cross country running and puddle jumping as you can see from my filthy race kit, but this was what made it fun and different and I urge any one who would like a great weekend away and a fun challenging event to come do this race.

Matty

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An exciting new Partnership

Flight Center Active Travel

fcI am pleased to announce a partnership with Flight Centre Active Travel for 2014. Active Travel play an “Active” role in the sport I love by offering confirmed race entry to all of the major Ironman and Marathon events world wide.  As well as offering the lowest prices on flights and accommodation, Flight Centre Active Travel have a great knowledge of what it means to be an Ironman and they are quite often competing along side there clients.

If anyone would like to be running along side me in any of the Ironmans this year then please contact Bobby on 08 71294800 and he would be more then happy to get you all sorted out.

Matty

Challenge Batemans Bay – Matty White, Race Report

downloadI entered Challenge Batemans Bay a few months ago with my only previous Challenge experience being Cairns in 2011 and Wanaka this year and I liked what I saw and the feel of the race. I also entered the race thinking that due to it being an innaugrial event the field might not be that stacked! I was wrong as it was packed full of names, which is becoming the norm on todays half ironman circuit.

On a personal note I had just come off a big break and a bout of gastro and other ailments so I only had a sparse 3 weeks of work behind me and in with the caliber of field that was racing I was hoping for a good solid day and a finish between 5th and 10th would set me up nicely for my Port Mac prep through April.

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Challenge Cairns

The swimmers were out in force for this one with Fettell, Amberger, Fox, Appleton, Jacobs and Sanson, so I knew I would be behind the eight ball from the beginning so my whole approach for this race was to get some good training data and go solid from the gun which I did. I managed to come out in the 3rd group with Ogden, Whistler, Polson so had some good cyclists to keep me company and we got to work in catching the large 2nd pack containing the majority of the field.

I managed to work myself into the race and felt better as it went on, and due to the lack of racing I expected that, as we caught up to pack 2 at 60km, this left me around 5minutes behind the main swim group into T2 which I thought was not too bad and gave me a good chance to run with some fast guys like Cam Millward, Polson etc.

The run for me was very encouraging as I held a consistent pace the whole way, running a workman like 1:16 on a windy out and back course, plugging away I ran with Ogden and stayed about a minute behind Polson and Millward the whole way finishing 8th after miscalculating the finish chute in 4:01. Overall I achieved what I wanted to do on a limited prep and more importantly I felt good doing it, so the sign are encouraging for the next 4 – 6 weeks.

On another note it was my first race with the new Scody Optimise AIR full race suit and I loved it with the increased flexibility and breathability. Most of you would have seen me wear the full suit at Shep 70.3 and Ironman WA late last year. After that race I spoke with John Polson about how we can improve the suit to increase performance and I am happy to say they achieved that.

The suits are now available for the public so go to www.scody.com.au and check them out, as no one wants one of those unfashionable singlet tan lines that last for 6 months!

Next for me is Karri Valley Tri with the Team Latitude crew and then its full lock down for Port Mac Ironman.

 

Matty

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BodyFirst Massage – An exciting new Partner

Exciting news!

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I am very happy to announce that I have just signed on a partnership with BodyFirst Massage in Adelaide, Jackie is a fantastic masseur who has worked a lot with Sports people at a high level and knows what she is doing. As a Pro athlete I have had regular massage throughout my career which I believe has assisted me in injury prevention and recovery, BodyFirst is based above Joggers World in Pirie Street ADELAIDE so drop in and organize an appointment as you wont be disappointed.

Matty!

A bit about BodyFirst Massage

“At BodyFirst Massage we pride ourselves in providing the highest quality of Sports Remedial Massage. Operating since 2007, we have a plethora of experience working with athletes at all levels. Experience includes work with Adelaide United FC, 2008 Milram Pro Tour Down Under team, Joggers World Fun Runs and The Adelaide Marathons.”

For more information contact:

Jackie Tann - 0412 073 188 or visit their website

A fitness enthusiast, Jackie prides herself on ensuring your muscles maintain peek physical capacity and flexibility. Her experience working with elite athletes and sporting teams allows her to bring her expertise to you. If you need to increase your exercise load, maintain your workload, or simply maintain a tension free body, then Jackie’s hands on skills will ensure your muscles are in optimal condition and ready for action.

Location
Joggers World
123 Pirie Street
Adelaide SA 5000

Hours
Monday: 11.30am-6.30pm
Tuesday – Friday: 7am-6.30pm
Saturday: 9am-12pm

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Challenge Wanaka – Race Review

Wanaka, New Zealand, The perfect race destination;

Great place and fantastic location for a race, this what all I heard from people leading up to the race and was part of my decision to race Challenge Wanaka and suffice to say I was not disappointed when I flew into Queenstown and took in the awesome postcard views of rugged mountains.

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I heard it was cold here in Wanaka and coming from 46 degree temperatures in Adelaide I knew I would be fighting an uphill battle to get acclimatized to these conditions. With 15-16C water temp leading into race day I tried my hardest to endure the ice cream headaches and numb feet and it actually was not too bad after a few hundred meters of swimming which gave me confidence for race day.

Wanaka is a Saturday race and the forecast was for a warm 21 degree day! No heatwave but I assumed the conditions wouldnt be that arctic. At transition at 5am though I really struggled to even organise my gear due to my fingers being numb, hence I decided to do a warm up run for 30min to get warm and get some imagewan3feeling back in my extremities, I never usually do a warm up before an ironman but this was the only way I could possible get warm. You know its cold when a  local person from Wanaka comes up and says “its pretty chilly bru”. I was actually feeling pretty good leading into this race with all the Ironman prep for WA and the extra I did over xmas I was feeling really fresh and rested but at the back of my mind I was freaking out when the water temp was announced at 14! ( off the record it was actually 13.8)

After running to the nearest aid station before the swim and grabbing a banana I headed down to swim start with a couple of stumps as feet. I didn’t grab the banana as nutrition but moreso for my own dignity due to the George Costanza shrinkage factor! All this aside I actually was really worried about hyperventilating in the swim with the cold water as its happened before to me and it is an uncomfortable thing to go through when you panic due to lack of ability to breathe, but  I actually managed to get through the swim without any major issues and came out with the main chase pack in about 52 minutes, 5 minutes behind defending champ Mcniece.

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Onto the bike was where I really suffered as the air temp hit 0 and -1 around the far side of the lake and mountain range, and being wet and wearing a tri suit I was looking down the barrel of hypothermia which claimed a lot of pro athletes in the first 20km namely the Australians and internationals. I have never felt cold like it I my life and couldn’t  eat or drink for the first hour on the bike primarily due to the fact that I could not get my drink bottle out of the cage or anything out of my pockets due to my hands being frozen and completely numb. I was shivering badly and really cold but due to the fact I was feeling good and riding strong I pushed through hoping that I would warm up. I was riding well and was working strong with adventure racing legend and Wanaka winner Richard Usher holding Mcniece to 6-7minutes for most of the day. I knew all along though that I had used an enormous amount of energy in the first few hours of the bike shivering and trying to keep warm, my training as an emergency personell worker taught me that when your body gets really cold it utilizes fuel as a source to keep the body warm, and even though I started to warm up at around 2 hours into the bike leg I knew the effort would catch up with me later, and it did at around the 150km mark when I hit zero energy! I had eaten all my nutrtion to try and make up for the first few hours but I couldn’t replace the calories and when the temp dropped again I had to pull out at 165km mark. The race claimed a lot of athletes and only 7 men finished and most of them where NZ athletes!

imagewan1I was not too disappointed with the result as I swam well and biked well, it was just the external factors that got me in the end. A huge effort by Mcniece to go off the front and hold off everyone all day, he deserves a lot of credit ad he is well on his way to make this race his own. As for me I will be taking a few weeks break as I raced Ironman WA last month, so in order to get the best out of myself and race well in March – June I need to rest the body and mind.

The race next year is being moved to late February to counter the weather and is supposedly warmer at that time of the year. This race is a magical destination venue and the scenery is stunning and the people of Wanaka embrace the town. I recommend this race to anyone who wants to combine a holiday and an race together as there is heaps to do not just in Wanaka but close by in Queenstown as well, I hope to come back next year and bring the family and stay an extra week exploring this beautiful area.

 

Matty

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Making a bad year good!

2013 in review, By Matty White,

Sorry I have been a bit slack on the blog front lately as things have been crazy hectic on the homefront as well as starting up my new coaching business! I hope to be on top of things more in 2014 to keep everyone updated on my racing and sponsorships.

Coles Bay 2013

Coles Bay 2013

2013 started ok with wins in Albany and Coles Bay and a few other solid local results leading into Cairns Ironman where I went in underprepared and finished solid 6th. After Cairns I decided to take a punt on Metaman where there was great prize money and support offered to pro athletes (over $150k). Unfortunately I got really sick through the Adelaide winter and picked up just about every bug going around, and for those of you that have kids you will understand what I mean as my daughter started to approach 1 years old and the ensuing interaction with other children lead to a lot of colds in the Whitehouse.

I also made a few mistakes over winter one of which was doing a 10 hour training day straight after a big concussion (this could be a good excuse for taking wrong turns in races) and also staying in an altitude tent while suffering from a cold/flu.  All these contributed to a long day of mental and physical suffering at Metaman in 40 degree heat where I still finished  4th! This race was very challenging but in the same sense beautiful and scenic. The run lap is torturous  6 lap course on a jungle track in oppressive heat. In saying this though I hope to return next year with the goal of winning and taking care of some unfinished business.

image2After Metaman there were a few false starts as I was still recovering from Metaman and illness, but managed to find my feet with a strong confidence building result at Murrayman LD in November with a solid  2nd. I had won this race 4 times and never been beaten but Dave Mainwaring had a great day and I was only a few minutes down after leading off the bike. I then moved on to Shepparton where I had a solid 4th place and a great run, this giving me good confidence leading into Busselton Ironman where after a disaster in the water I drove the bike hard to ride a 4:27 (2nd fastest) and place myself in 2nd place for the first few laps of the run before fading into 5th at the end in 8:25. They say you cant win an ironman in the swim but having a bad one at this level can really affect your race which it did that day as the hard ride took a lot out of my legs in the later stages of the marathon.

image4After Busso I kept plugging away with a relatively light week leading into a big block over xmas as I was racing Albany Half and Challenge Wanaka. We have a holiday house about 180km north of Adelaide where we spent xmas, so time trialling up there and back with a strong run/swim block has got me right on track for Wanaka next week, but after xmas I went to Albany to try and win the race legitimately this time (I won last yr but was DQd for littering) unfortunately this year I missed the bike turn off at 85km and kept riding another few kms down the road as the sign blew down for a left turn! This was disappointing on a few fronts as I was in 2nd and was confident of a really fast run, but I am sure this is not the first nor last time I will go the wrong way in a race. I just wish it would happen when I was having a bad race not a good one!

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Overall though I am still happy with 2013 even though I had a rough patch in the middle of the year, as a pro athlete you would be niaive to think that each year is going to be better than the next , but in the same sense its really important to learn from mistakes and push through the bad patches. I find you can gain strength from picking yourself up off the ground during bad patches and perform again at a high level.

For 2014 I am aiming on setting my schedule a little better with the aim of grabbing an ironman win along the way, this will mean focusing entirely on certain events during the year and getting the best out of myself in the races I am competing in.

I will release my schedule in the next week as I am finalizing it currently.

Take Care

 

Matty

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Matty White – Busselton 70.3 Race Report

Busso 70.3 2013;

Busselton 70.3 is probably one of the best run 70.3 events in Australia and when I was invited to attend again I had no hesitation in jumping on the 3 hour flight across the Nullarbor to Perth. After having numerous podiums out west across both distances and finishing 2nd here the last few years I was confident of another podium finish. The last 6 weeks had been full on after travelling to Melbourne and then jumping on a plane to France for a few weeks holiday, but I was still confident of gaining enough fitness back from my Melbourne prep to do well here.

The pre race activities include a chat with the pro athletes which give people an opportunity to ask questions in a fun relaxed environment, plus a charity breakfast on Friday morning which was informative and interesting. The race is a Saturday race and has a great feel to it with most people staying Saturday and can head home Sunday in ready for work Monday.

The field for this race was exceptional with Brad Kahlfeldt entering late which only added to names like Tim Reed, James Hodge, Sam Appleton, Courtney Ogden etc, Each year the field in Busso just gets better and better, add to the fact that the numbers for the race exceeded 3000 people this has to be one of the Countries premier 70.3 races.

Race morning kicked in and we were greeted to a calm Busselton morning with a clear view to the iconic Busselton Jetty and more importantly calm waters, which was a relief after last years Sydney Hobart conditions. The swim for me was by no means  exceptional but I was still in sight of the lead group about 1:30 down. Tim Reed who came out just ahead managed to ride across to the main group with a very strong ride and I was caught about a minute or so down with a group of about 8 athletes and I was in a hurry to get across to the main group containing Kahlfeldt etc as I knew that it would be race suicide to let these guys have a gap going on to the run. I made a break after the first turn around on the bike to limit my loss as I was getting no help apart from Ogden in this group, this attack got me a gap of about 45 sec onds on the 2nd group and I had about a minute to the front guys leaving me in no mans land for about 70km, only to be caught at 89km by the second group. This was especially frustrating from a racing perspective as the guys in the second group were happy to sit in and conserve for the run, which essentially meant that they were all happy to race for 5th or 6th place at best when you consider the guys up the road can run sub 1:15s! We lost a good opportunity to bridge the gap in the first 20km which was annoying to say the least.

On to the run I was a shell of a man as I attempted to hold a reasonable pace while getting hooped by most of the 2nd group that caught me toward the end of the bike. I managed to settle down after about 5km and run it out to the finish in 10th place. Not the ideal position for me but considering how the race panned out and my tactics not surprising.

Overall, the sport of long course is in a very interesting place at the moment with a host of ITU guys coming through and I think we saw that on the weekend with a 1:10 half marathon run by Kahlfeldt and a I think that in the next few years this will be the norm to podium in these races which will be great to see. It just means all of us have to really step up and be ready for the next level of pace that will be injected into this sport.

A big thanks must go to the Tri WA staff, including Ash Davis who does a great job in not only looking after the pro athletes to a standard that should be done at most races, but getting us involved in the whole festival such as the Kids Triathlon, Chat with the Pros evening, Charity Breakfasts and School Visits.

Next stop for me is the Cairns adventure festival where I will be competing in the Coral Coast Triathlon and the 70.3 events so hope to see most of you up there at that great event.

Thanks

Matty

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Are Pro Athelets too Soft these days?

By Guy Besley, Team Latitude,

Let me start this topic by pointing out that these comments are purely my own, that may or may not be shared by members of Team Latitude, and is in no way meant to be derogatory or negative to any stakeholders or supporters of this great sport! I should also point out, I am not doing any extra research here, just going off memory, so cut me some slack!

Ok, now that’s out of the way here goes!

Let me take you back many years, yes I am “old School”, the year was circa 1984, the runners in the Westfield Ultra-Marathon (remember Cliffy Young) were making their way into Melbourne after a lazy 900km on the road! A Scotsman (whose name slips my mind) was in third place with only 7kms to go, I’m pretty sure Yannis Kouros had already crossed the line in first (as he always did), anyway back to the Scotsman. He was done, spent, cactus! Only 7km of a 900 km run to go and nothing! Collapsed coincidently out the front of the Kew cemetery. His support crew dragged him into his van and in came a sport physcologist. 2 hours later he emerged; stood still for a few minutes then slowly put one foot on the ground in front of the other, another minute passed and the next foot followed.

It took the best part of another hour before he was moving again, not running, but a stagger, albeit a solid stagger. I was following this on the television, then made my way up to Doncaster road as he was nearing the finish line. Suffice to say, he DID finish, ended up coming 5th. How would you be, getting overtaken with only kilometres to go in a 900 km race. He was taken straight from the finish line to hospital, and suffered amnesia; didn’t remember a thing of the past week! Tough! or stupid? I say tough and inspiring, many say the opposite.

2 years later, if I recall, a similar fate hit a South Australian by the name od David Standeven, he was leading Yannis Kouros by a small margin to be fair, Yannis started 24 hours behind the field, he is my vote for greatest athlete of all time in any sport, in the dying kilometres he was passed by Yannis, and another guy and came third, only to be also taken by ambulance and also receiving a dose of amnesia.

The moral of that, these guys, to name only a few in this legendary event were tough!

Lets go to a sport close to all our hearts, again back to the 80′s, Julie Moss! Ill say no more on that, it doesn’t need more said. But I believe her “toughness: inspired generations of not only triathletes but athletes in general!

A bit closer to the modern time, 1997 :-) an Aussie Legend in my book, (not to mention making a comeback to Ironman racing in Melbourne IM finishing a very credible 5th) Chris Legh. You may recall Chris Leaving half his stomach behind in Kona! TOUGH! Hell yea! A bit of trivia, that year Thomas Hellreigal won in a time of 8.33, a time that would have made him 13th in 2011, and 9th in 2012, hold that thought!

Also in 1997, remember the “Ironman Crawl”, no that isn’t a dance! Sian Welch and Wendy Ingraham crawling to the finish! Tough? No shit!!!

So lets get back to the question, Are Pro Athletes too Soft these days?

It seems that just about every big race a solid percentage of pros fail to make the finish line, for many reasons. This has become exceedingly topical after a tough day at Ironman Melbourne a few weeks ago, when many big names and strong athletes failed to even make the run course. Why is this?

Well Matty White wrote a fantastic article in response to some criticism by us “armchair critics” which really summed it up well, have a look at  http://firstoffthebike.com/news-and-features/its-not-just-about-the-t-shirt/ he points out the demands placed on the modern pro triathletes and I think covers some very good ground.

Personally, I was never a great athlete at all, but I prided myself on being tough, “old school” I’ve never had a DNF in any activity I have partaken, and never would or will, BUT lets be honest there is an enormous gap between what the pros do, and what I could ever have done, so for me, it was “only about the T’shirt” as it is for the majority of people on a starting line of any distance race in any given endurance event. So, yes, I was one of the critics that said “soft” not in a negative way, but more of a gentle tease. I personally know quite a few of the guys that pulled out at IM Melbourne, and they are not soft! What they are is over worked, over tuned, elite machines trying to stay at pace. Just like a Formula 1 car; if they are not at the pace and things are going wrong they have to be smart and withdraw; to fight another day. The cost becomes too great to continue.

There is no money in this sport, every penny counts and the depth of people in long course battling for a measly buck is immense, and getting tougher as the ITU guys make a move over to the “glamour” of long course.

So Soft? Hell no! but highly tuned machines doing their job, trying to eek out a quid off a small prize pool. And if you have the view “sponsors pay em”, you clearly have no idea of professional triathlon. They will all make less that you! and one thing is for sure, they work a damn site harder than you!

So you cant call modern day Professional Triathletes soft, its just not appropriate. lets go back to the IM times now compared to only a decade ago, they are substantially faster, last year in Melbourne 2 people (nearly, as cam Brown only missed by seconds) broke the elusive 8hr barrier. So please people, have some respect, and Race Directors and Race Organisers, its not just about money, this is triathlon, a lifestyle and a passion for many, so please pass a little over to the guys that do it for a living and fill your pockets with their relentless promoting and inspiring performance on and off the worlds race courses.

I must sum up by saying this though, those old athletes, well they just had a different meaning for tough!!

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Coles Bay 2013, Race Report

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I was asked to race in Tasmania as part of Team latitude which is run by my good mate Guy Besley last month and I had no hesitation in saying yes as I have never been to Tassie before. Team Latitide is a concept whereby our main focus is to support local grassroots triathlon and give back to the sport where we all came from. We raced the Port Douglas Long Course in September as part of the team which involved Mitch Anderson, Tim Berkel, Dan Robins, Adam Gordon and a few others, I managed to win that race in a sprint finish with Tim Berkel so I was hopeful of doing the same in Tassie.

My last race before Coles Bay was a success in some ways by winning the Albany Long Course race early January but unfortunately being disqualified after crossing the line first, taking that in to account I was still looking at going 2 from 2  to start the year off. Upon arriving in Hobart I was totally prepared for a wild, windy and cold couple of days on the coast, but I was pleasantly surprised by warm and somewhat tropical weather (yes I did say tropical and Tasmania in the same sentence).

The Race setting in Coles Bay is probably as close to perfect as one could possibly imagine, with picturesque surroundings, crystal blue waters and white sands lining the coast around the region which is located about an hour and half drive from Hobart. The roads are hilly and by no means easy in terms of riding, and after driving these roads I held no doubt that this race would be a tough one. Last years winner and local hero James Hodge was not racing after competing in Geelong the week before, but my work would be cut out with fellow Team Latitude member and Sydney local Michael Murphy, Adam Gordon, Dan Robins and some Tassie locals.

A few of the Team Latitude Boys

A few of the Team Latitude Boys

The race started on the beach in Coles Bay with a 2 lap journey in the crystal waters of the bay where I exited the water in 3rd behind Murphy and a local athlete. After having a week in Thailand on a holiday the week before this event and not having touched my bike I wasn’t at all hopeful of a strong bike leg, so my main objective was to stay in touch and unleash a solid run. I managed to ride with a strong Tassie local Hayden Armstrong and caught Murphy at the 20km mark. I was utilising this race as a form finder with the main goal of Ironman Melbourne next month so this type of training and hard riding was crucial.

I hit T2 with Murphy and Armstrong after a solid bike ride and hit the run with the idea of maintaining a consistent pace throughout the 21km run, the run leg at Coles Bay was 16km of sand running which certainly added to the toughness of this event, but in saying that I really enjoyed the challenge as I gradually pulled away from Murphy half way through the first lap.

Me and the boys

Me and the boys

I held the lead for the whole 21km and crossed the line about 3 minutes ahead of Murph making it a Team Latitude one, two!

This race is certainly one that I will come back and race again, as the scenery and beauty of the place is unsurpassed, the only unfortunate thing was that I could only take it in during a 4 hr half ironman!

A big thanks again to the organisation who facilitated our team to come down and also guy Besley who works tirelessly in organising an unorganised bunch of athletes! This was certainly a weekend I will not forget in a hurry.

Thanks Tassie

 

Matty

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