Yamba is a beautiful little coastal town, located only an hour from Coffs harbour heading north and what a great little place it is.
Sundays race, the Yamba Classic Triathlon, consisted of 2km swim 60km bike 15km run.
With a mass start it was great to be lined up against good friends you don’t normally get to start with and a 2x1km lap swim it was always going to be a battle for clear water, some how I wriggled my way through into a nice little gap at the front with Joey (can swim) Lampe, I settled in and relaxed through the swim, exiting 6th, then a 500m run to transition I put the hammer down to make inroads on lampe, Clarke, Lindsay Wall.
I felt great race morning and knew when I hit the bike, my power was up and my heart rate was low (thanks Garmin for the endless amazing data you provide threw your units) I could pull the trigger and so in pursue of the boys I caught Clarke and Wall quickly then moved into second, feeling good.
Lindsay and I road well together and to his credit he really has improved his bike and was solid as a rock. Knowing we had an American pro in the field that could run, and a shorter bike is my goal to get off the bike with some kind of run legs and in doing so needing to also out run Wall who is a great runner.
I Got my nutrition in well on the bike; 6x vanilla Power bar gels in one drink bottle and in good timing it had settled in my gut and left me ready to run. 15km is an awkward distance and it’s pretty much grip and rip and if you spend all your pennies at once then “what you can you do” but no you gave it a crack, running well in training I was feeling great and settled in early. Seeing Joey was up the road, I had moved into second holding 3.30pace at worst per km, I just needed to stay in front of American Benjamin Williams, and with a shorter bike, my lead was just not enough he managed to peg me with a few kms to go to his credit he is an amazing runner and did run the quickest run split.
A great hit out with 2nd fastest bike 3rd fastest run and a total time of 2hrs.57 and 3rd overall it was a great day out.
To elite energy and the team thank you for a wonderful weekend with you and look forwarded to heading down next year.
Podiums are hard to come by and this year I have managed 11 which I am so proud of and the support and wonderful people I have in my corner are why my results are so consistent I am so grateful and love the sport of triathlon it’s a privilege to race follow my racing and fun antics on Twitter, @adsygordon
Up next I am up at Noosa Triathlon with Garmin if you are around come and say hello.
Next race Forster Challenge.
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