The Mooloolaba Triathlon is always a good challenge. Conditions this year were favourable for fast swims and rides, although hot and humid on the run. Running the hill twice under those circumstances is tough. The race is also the Australian Age Group Olympic Distance Championships, so all the guns were there, firing.
Our guys did well.
Zoe Bentley completed her first Olympic distance race less than 5 months after having a baby, quite amazing.
Hamilton Andrews did significant pbs on the bike and in the swim and was 5th in 2.08.
Kelly Offley matched this with a new swim and bike pb(5mins) and an overall pb of close on 10 mins at 2.41.
Fiona Hunt similarly swam her fastest (4mins pb) and rode 1min 30 faster than before and is getting faster and stronger.
Andre Mai did a 2.29 and had a good race, being solid and consistent in all 3 disciplines.
Nicola Richards did her fastest swim at 26 mins and rode really well for 1.15, but unfortunately suffered an unpleasant knee issue and had to withdraw. She will be back with a vengeance and has improved a lot.
Fiona's other half Drew Hunt raced really well for a 2.17.
Happy to report also that Luke was 3rd in pro men in his first OD race for a few years.
Thank you to our Race Pace support crew for cheering on your family members, friends and fellow athletes. Coach Peter McKenzie l, Michael, Kirsty, Hayden & Lily Small, Lachie & Ollie Hunt, Judy Andrews, Tom, Beau & Daisy Richards, Christine, Toby & Mitch Mai, Isaac & Nicole Lambert, Nigel Gaffney, Jess Sawkins & Paulie Davies, Vicki & Wynne McKenzie, Ros, Emma & Jess Huxley and Taryn Bashford....our racers appreciated your energy & enthusiasm which helped them through the race & achieve their goals!
Wise words from coach Pete - Times don't always tell the story, even though they were good, in my opinion its more about the effort and intention. On that score the Race Pacers all get A+.