On Sunday November 18, 12 Goulburn Triathlon Club members travelled to Canberra to take part in the annual Sri Chinmoy Triple Triathlon.
The full day, 150km long event is three triathlons which take place back-to-back with athletes swimming the three major lakes in the ACT as well as running or riding over almost all of the large hills and mountains scattered throughout the territory on a series of bush trails, gravel roads or bike paths.
Team One, The Giant 440 Woodys team competed for the 15th straight time and repeated last year’s third place effort in the four-to-nine member team category and a commendable eighth overall in a time of nine hours and 48 minutes, a feat made more incredible by the fact that many of their direct competitors in this category included former Olympians and a number of elite ACT triathletes and mountain bikers.
Team Two The Buzz Lightyears was made up of six members, three of whom completed two legs each and the other three backed up from competing a leg for the Woodys.
This team was successful in winning the Over 50’s Men’s category for the second year running, in a blistering time of 11 hours and two minutes.
Some notable efforts for the day from the Woodys team include Andrew Oberg, who was second fastest overall for his 37km bike leg, Mick Beard was third fastest in his bike leg, Stefan Hese was third for his 13km run, Jaemin Frazer was seventh fastest for his 20km run and Jacqueline Oberg was fifth fastest female in her run over the 11km Mt Taylor course in her first participation in the event.
Special mention also goes to Andy Dawes who backed up the seventh fastest 3.5km swim along Lake Burley Griffin for the Woodys with the fourth fastest 1.2km swim for Lake Tuggeranong for the Buzz Lightyears.
Meanwhile the club, in conjunction with the Goulburn Aquatic Centre has completed rounds one and two of the annual Aquathon series with pleasing attendances taking part.
With round one used as a gauge for handicapping purposes, competition for series points began on Tuesday November 20 and some impressive times were recorded especially for this early in the season.
Also pleasing was the inclusion of new competitors Kelly McKellar and Peter Tapp in the novice section, Tina Fruend, Aaron Marriott, Keegan Mitchell, Evan Goad and Sean McCullen in the Intermediate division and the return to racing of Barb Beard, Elaine Pugh and James Armstrong after a couple of seasons out.