Half Iron Man Triathlon – Busselton

May 4, 2009 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

My husband Peter and I went down to Busselton on the weekend to see our friends, Justine and Anthony, compete in their first half iron man traithlon:

Swim Course: 1.9km A one-lap swim in pristine waters alongside the historic Busselton Jetty. The swim starts in waist deep water on the east side of Busselton Jetty, and heads out to sea for 850m then short straight at the top of the course is followed by another right hand turn heading to head back to shore to the swim exit.   Swim conditions were nearly perfect, except for the stingers in the water!!

Bike Course:  90.1km
Three-lap bike course on flat terrain through the Tuart forest and looping back to Busselton.  Bike conditions were excellent.  It was cool in the Tuart forest and there was almost no wind.

Run Course: 21.1km
Along a pathway beside the beach.  This was very picturesque, but quite warm by this time (12.00 – 2.00 pm) and there was no shade and very little cooling breeze coming off the water.  It was a hot run!

Justine and Anthony both performed very well:

  • Justine was 51st in the female 35-39 age group, achieving 32.37 minutes for the swim, 3 hours 12 minutes for the cycle and 2 hours 30 minutes for the run.
  • Anthony was 60th in the 40-44 year old male age group (a very competitive group) and did his swim in 37.43 minutes cycle time was 2 hours 40 minutes and run time was 1 hour 54 minutes.

A fantastic achievement for both of them to finish the event – Justine in 6 hours 24 minutes and Anthony is 5 hours 18 minutes.

I have learnt never to say never, but really I can’t see myself doing one of those any time soon!!!  It was fantastic to be there to watch and cheer them on.  Some pictures appear below.



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