Well it was a tough ask from the beginning! Spending 6 months working in Namibia without a surf ski or a pool and only limited time for the odd MTB ride and run but as I write this the 2012 Mark Webber Challenge and Anaconda Adventure Race Lorne are behind me.

The week between MWC was spent recovering at Moxie Gear HQ in Geelong with Darren Clarke offering up his home and car for the week, guess I am fully sponsored by Moxie Gear then ;)

The 5 days of competitive 8hr days in Tasmania the week before really took it out of me as the longest training sessions I’d done up until the event were 1hr.

The week between MWC was spent recovering at Moxie Gear HQ in Geelong with Darren Clarke offering up his home and car for the week, guess I am fully sponsored by Moxie Gear then ;)

The 5 days of competitive 8hr days in Tasmania the week before really took it out of me as the longest training sessions I’d done up until the event were 1hr.

Wednesday I was having a swim in the local 25m pool and got 2km out before becoming bored with it. Thursday was spent feeling sleepy and lethargic and by Friday I was wondering if I shouldn’t just fly home. The nostalgia of doing the very last ‘Anaconda’ sponsored event got the better of me and by Saturday I was in Lorne and getting gear ready to go on Sunday Morning.

Special mention and thanks have to go to Fitness Paddlers Australia for supplying me with a Brand new Think Uno Max for the race, also to Endura for the great sports nutrition I used for both MWC and Lorne.

I started the days racing for the first time having no confidence in my swim leg and after 200m I was justified in that feeling when the arms became heavy and I was looking for some feet to follow. I emerged in 29.30min with a 90 sec deficit to my over 40 rival Ben Hewitt and 2.30min behind Individual leader Dan Neilson.

The ski leg was changed to a two lap format inside the bay avoiding the strong S/W winds that came up the night before. I was a bit slack on Saturday and missed the race brief that explained that on the end of lap one of the ski paddlers would return to shore and round a flag on the beach before the next lap. I lost some time turning around after paddling out on the second lap and being re directed by a marshal in a boat.

I gathered up Daniel on the second lap and also gained the lead in the over 40′s. My transitions weren’t the most urgent of events in the race and I quickly found myself joined on the run by Jarod Kohlar looking to snatch a win from Braden Currie. About 2km into the run the series leader Currie past me moving fast but I kept to my pace feeling solid.

I was soon heading inland away from the rock hopping section and into the trails and hills. With no one in sight behind me I heading up the trail marked with arrows and pink tape, after a long climb and several looks over my shoulder I arrived at an intersection with no one in site. I instinctively knew something was up. The course is generally in a clock wise direction so I started to climb a very steep section that looked like the right way and was soon faced with Braden Currie and a team runner coming back down saying the course markers have been tampered with.

Soon our group of three became six with James Pretto, Dan Neilson and Alex Houghton all arriving at the same point.

We had to make an decision and fast. It seemed with some local knowledge leader Kohlar had turned against the markings and was on the correct course and our party of six was heading in the opposite direction!

We chose to run on up another long hill and down the other side until finally meeting headlong with a confused and not so happy Jarad Kohlar.

We continued on until Braden Currie was happy that his time delay behind Kohlar was fair and we all turned back onto the course proper. I quickly found myself alone on the course again but now behind the guys I had worked to gain some time on in the water.

I arrived at the run to bike transition feeling okay and headed into the 400m climb 8km long up hill section of the 18km ride. I was passed by one team rider and I past another team guy near the end.

I finished 1st in the over 40 by a little over 20min and 6th individual over the line 20min behind eventual winner Braden Currie.

This week I am trying to get some energy back and start training for the up coming Gatorade Triathlon event on the 13th on Jan and the Tre-X off Road Tri in Feb as well as the 2013 CrossFit Open.

Stay Tuned for more stories.

GA

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