Photo: Finish line, photo thanks to the Straddie Tri team
I had the most fun in ages at the Straddie Salute. We all headed over on the Friday and made a weekend of it. I even got caught letting my hair down at the pub on Saturday night.
The event was a lot of fun. It was a 10.07am Saturday start for me. The swim was a short 650m sweep assisted wet suit swim in the stunning waters off North Stradbroke island. I picked an awesome line on a mini rip through the break and made it around the first buoy in the lead. The remaining buoys whooshed past me as the sweep hurtled us down the beach. I was swept a little further north at the swim exit but didn't mind as it was quicker to just let the waves take me in than fight them for a direct line.
The ride was a simple 20km out and back course to point Amity, which included some challenging rolling hills. The road was shared on the way out with the Straddie Salute mountain bike athletes who had started a fraction earlier. It made for an inclusive event sharing the road with these guys.
The run was a picturesque yet challenging 8.5km. I would say the run was possibly the most technical run leg I have ever done in a triathlon. It had everything, stairs, beach, trail and road. It was amazing to observe people whale watching, roo spotting and surfing while we were racing.
Below is a short Clip featuring some of the Red Dog team in action. The filming is curtesy of Mike. It largely features Me, Bri, Mel and Dimsey.
Video: Short clip of Point lookout beach and transition
It was a great weekend for me. I have been loaded up with so much training. This event was a perfect opportunity to kick back for a weekend and put the legs up and enjoy nature. There is limited phone reception and not much traffic. It all made for the perfect escape to recharge the batteries before sharpening up for the Sunny Coast 70.3 in three weeks. The Red Dog gang had great results, with lots of firsts, seconds and thirds. I was awesome to take home an epic trophy and memorable to share the podium with star athletes Susie, Adsey and Andrew.
Big thanks to Steve Guise from Icon events for making the trip possible for me and for putting in such an amazing amount of effort to make the Straddie Tri such a memorable one. The Event next year will be in May so watch out for it as a perfect end of season escape.
Photo: RedDog domination, photo thanks to the Straddie Tri team
Photo: Awesome company, photo thanks to Mike