After being selected for the Triathlon Victoria team for the 2016/17 triathlon season, it was my third and final race of the Active Melbourne Tri Series for the season.

With the race being held in Mordialloc in Melbourne, it was an early morning on Sunday to arrive at the event location by 7:30am to check-in, collect my race numbers, rack my bike and set up my transition area (which includes my towel, cycling shoes, helmet, sunglasses, and runners). Despite having to leave Traralgon at 5am, it was a perfect morning and a warm finish made for a spectacular morning to celebrate the end of the Active Tri 2016/17 Series.

After taking up the sport of triathlon five years ago, it was about time that I stepped out of my comfort zone and enter myself into the ‘Elite/Pro’ category, rather than just my normal ‘Female 20–29 year old’ category. Racing in the elite category means starting on the start line with the best triathletes in the state and being able to race for prize money/vouchers, as well as getting your name out there for potential sponsorships from national coaches/clubs.

After numerous 5am wake up calls, dry chlorinated skin, goggle and swim cap marks, sore knees, sore legs, tired arms, tired eyes, a hungry and exhausted body, not to mention the countless hours of training, it is always so nice to be able to stand on the start line and know that I have well and truly done the training. It’s what the day brings, how it all pans out and how the body is feeling on the day that determines a good race from a not-so-good race.

My starting group were the second wave of competitors to start the race (two minutes after the Elite/Pro males) at 8:30am. We entered the water of Mordialloc beach after a quick run start into the water, a few dolphin dives and then a short and fast 750m swim around two floating buoys, before heading back into shore.

Another quick run to the transition area to collect our bikes and then it was onto the 20km bike leg. I was quite happy with my cycling leg as I managed to average over 35km/hr for the up-and-back lap along Beach Road.

After coming out of the swim around the middle of the pack and then managing to ride down a few fellow competitors on the cycle, I got off my bike in 4th position out of the Elite/Pro females and it was time to give the 5km run everything I had.

The run is usually my strongest discipline and with a bit of competitiveness and determination, I managed to catch two of the girls on the 5km run. This allowed me to finish the triathlon in 2nd place out of the Elite/Pro category, 1st place in my age group and 5th female overall.

 

Results (Molly Irvine):

750m Swim time Transition #1 Bike time Transition #1 Run time Overall time Division rank
12:57 2:00 35:36 2:24 20:43 1:12:30 1st Open Age 21+ category

2nd Elite/Pro category

5th Female OVERALL

 

by Molly Irvine

 

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