Sunday 15 December was Raby Bay Race 4 and it was a huge success with over 50 Bayside Multisport competitors taking part across the Junior, Enticer and QTS distances.
The Juniors had a great time with a big effort from all our Tristars. Ethan Brelsford rates a special mention for his bike dismount. I didn’t see him touch the brakes as he approached the dismount line and my heart skipped a beat when he tripped up. But, he stayed upright, kept running and was out of T2 and into the run in record time.
The main event, the Bayside Multisport Mates Wave, brought out the competitive spirit in our club, with an opportunity to compete head-on with training partners who would otherwise be in a different age category. The atmosphere at the start was electric, and noisy, with a lot of chatter and laughter.
With so many swimmers of similar ability, the pack held together across the 750m causing plenty of congestion around the buoys. Ruan Sweeney, who stepped up to the QTS distance for the first time on Sunday, reported being punched in the head by a member of the committee (I’m not going to name names, but it rhymes with Bleric Smace) :). Despite this he still managed to get out of the water ahead of me.
On the bike leg I pushed hard, trying to keep up with other people I could see up ahead. By the third lap I realised I was going a bit too hard and had to back off a little.
Our on-track photographers, Rebecca and Al, did a great job and by chance caught four of our members in a pack on the roundabout. You can see over 300 photos from the day on the Bayside Flickr Page.
I’ve been trying to get over an injury and I haven’t run since September, so I was a bit unsure of how I would get on in the final leg. It was as bad as I thought it would be. Although I knew it was a two lap run, I was beginning to doubt myself because it was a LONG way out to the turnaround. But, I saw Toby heading out on his second lap so I knew it was just my fitness that was the problem, not the race organiser’s measurements. In fact, the run course was shorter than 5km! Despite my lack of fitness, I finished in good shape and had a great time from start to finish.
A big thank you to Sian Rhys for organising the Mates Wave, Steve Gillis for carting all the gear to and from Raby Bay, Rebecca and Al for the photographs and to all the club members and supporters who came along to make it such a great day.