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ITU World Aquathon Championships 2009 Gold Coast
Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:56 am savaloy
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The conditions at Holding Camp Slack are ideal for a lead up to a race Cool The pools, sea, roads and paths have seen an increased presence of triathletes as the masses have been arriving over last weekend, which is great to be a part of, but it's also been really good to be able to get away from it all and chill out. Smile

When Bill and I chatted about whether or not to do the aquathon, his concern was that it wouldn't leave enough time to fully recover before the triathlon on Saturday. He therefore left me a few days to think about what I wanted to achieve out here. Having agreed that we would go for it, his (semi) joking message on my training schedule for the race said - "Good Luck Matt - Let's get on the podium."

As I said in my last post, I was feeling quite bullish about the race whether or not it was a non wetsuit swim (2.5k run/1k swim/2.5k run format) or a wetsuit swim (1k/2.5k format). Last night we were told the water temp was 22 degrees and I (rightly) assumed it would be a non wetsuit swim as the forecast was good for today (as it is for the rest of the week Smile ). My strategy for the race was to cruise the first 2.5k run, swim the 1k at my usual OW 1500 pace, i.e. relaxed, and then work the last 2.5k at an increased tempo.

There were 4 waves going off at hour intervals. Wave 1 was elite men/women/U23 etc.. wave 2 was under 40 males, wave 3 was over 40 males and wave 4 was the girls. The start was a bit of a 'mare as they tried to marshall us in in race number order, so I was a good 8 people's depth back from the start line and had to weave my way through the start. Having watched the under 40 males i noticed a few guys had tucked their hats up their shorts and had their goggles with them, so I adopted that stategy - therefore only cap, shades and shoes to dump at T1. I've been feeling good with my running leading up to the race, so I felt comfortable and spotted one of the aussies in my AG that I rate as one of the stronger guys in my AG for the triathlon and just kept him in my sights. I came into T1 in about 20th, but actually exited in 13th. My run and T1 time was 8:40 - the leader in my AG exited T1 in 8:09.

Once past the timing mat, we had a run down the beach into the water. I got into a good rhythm, sighting was good and slowly worked my way through the field. The overall leader in my wave was an aussie in my AG
who was about 40 metres ahead and i got up to the 2nd pack of 4 swimmers and cruised with them out of the swim. A quick run up the beach and over the mat in 5th with a time of 13:57 (leader posted a 13:50). Got some great shouts from the brits and irish supporters as the first non aussie - it was cool as the commentator was saying how strong the aussies guys were and I then heard "and another great swim from Matt Molloy of Ireland..." blast out from the tannoy Smile

A quick transition and onto the second run feeling good. I was about 15 metres down on the 2nd pack of aussies, but couldn't see the first aussie who was out on his own on the run. I worked my way up to the pack of 3 aussies and it was good to see the AG category letters on the calves of
those guys - two in the 45-49 and one in the 40-44AG, so I worked out that I was probably in 3rd place in my AG. I soon dropped the older guys and then sat on the shoulder of the 2nd guy, thinking about when to let him know that he had someone from his AG on his shoulder (by going past). At the turnpoint I could see that there was a bit of a gap to the next guys (but not huge), so I decided to go past him at that point. The other side of the highway was still open and had loads of cars sitting in traffic - loads of shouts of "Go, Aussie, Go!", which spurred me on a bit as he stayed on my shoulder. As I know I'm strong on the hills I decided to work harder up and over the flyover which was about 400m from the turn in to the transition and into the finish channel. I then tried to keep a high tempo going down to the turn in point. At the turn in, I saw that I'd dropped him by about 40 metres. I then knew that silver was in the bag (assuming the first guy was in my AG) but didn't let up to the line. My T2 and second run time (which was longer than the first run) was 9:53, which compared to the winner's 10:06, so I actually closed the gap to 29 seconds at the end (32:34 v 32:05), although I suspect he was cruising the second run as he had quite a cushion coming out of the swim and knew that he had had the fastest first run. Third place came in 16 seconds later. Anyway, I milked the finish line with arms aloft (hope I don't look like too much of a plum Embarassed EDIT - picture, below you decide! Very Happy ), very happy with my day's work.

Scrolling through the results, I was pleased to see I wasn't chicked - beating Sam Warriner's wininng time Very Happy . I also saw that I was 15th overall and would have got 2nd in 35-39 AG, 3rd in 30-34 AG, 5th in the 25-29 and 20-24 AGs and 3rd in the 16-19 AG Very Happy

After a bit of refuelling, sharing the craic with the other members of the irish team and a phone call to Helen, I went for a little warm down and got myself a massage. Paul (Slacko's brother) video-ed the medal ceremony, but as it's 120MB Shocked I'm thinking it won't be uploadable here Very Happy . However, i did a screen save of me on the podium with the two aussies (quality is a bit hazy as a result):-

Now, 2 days to go before the triathlon where the competition will be stiffer IMO. If it is a wetsuit swim I believe that the course has all the ingredients for a sub 2hr time for me, although if its a non wetsuit (which I think it will be) that will slow that down a bit. I'm not going to share my strategy with you here as I want to keep that under wraps until my race report, however my aim is to put in my best performance of my relatively short triathlon career.

Off at 08:47am on Saturday (11:47pm Friday UK time)

- thanks guys Smile
Sue - it's great here Cool
Lizzy - i had an open mind for the aquathon, but would prefer a non wetsuit swim on Saturday.
LynneE - I like Bala, but not that much, although another 1:59:58 would make me happy Smile
Steve-r - has links to live tracker type updates I think
Jim BoH - good to get the first race out of the way and a nice confidence boost for Saturday
Slacko - thanks Steve - yep, lots of CC and coke + beers being downed by Dave, Paul and your Dad whilst chilling out Smile Paul, Kerry and Sophie have now headed back north, so just your Dad and Paul now - looking forward to sharing a beer with them on Saturday afternoon/evening Smile
Putt Putt - I did Very Happy
Cobbie - will be good Smile
Wanttobe - not quite Very Happy
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Wed Sep 09, 2009 12:22 pm Carlito
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Way to go. Fantastic Silver Medal performance. Fingers crossed for Saturday Smile
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Wed Sep 09, 2009 12:23 pm steve_r
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I am really pleased for you. All that hard work is paying off and fingers crossed for the Tri (another medal?).
Wed Sep 09, 2009 12:41 pm Poet
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Nice, cheers for the midweek update Cool That is one complex results site to navigate at first!
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My Results from 2015
Wimbleball UK 70.3 28/06/15
10th M45
(24:27/5:30/3:10.45/5:21/1:44.58 )

Outlaw 26/07/15
4th M45 10:07.55

Thames Turbo Sprint 31/08/15
7th 1:02.30

Challenge Weymouth 13/09/15
5th M45 10:07.40
My Results from 2014
Abu Dhabi Long Distance 15/03/14

Ironman South Africa 06/04/14
16th M45 11:02.34

Joey Hannon 27/04/14
3rd 1:57:08

Mallorca 70.3 10/05/14
4th M45 4:32.37
(23:36/3:56/2:29.25/3:22/1:32.18 )

Hell of The West (Killkee) 28/06/14
9th 2:07:20

Hillingdon Sprint 20/07/14
1st 1:14.18

Bedford Classic 27/07/14
4th 2:11:40

London Triathlon Olympic Plus 03/08/14
3rd 2:59:41

Monster Middle 17/08/14
2nd 3:59.31

ITU World AG Champs Standard 01/09/14
4th M45 2:03:59
(19:18/2:30/1:00.05/2:15/39:08 )

World 70.3 Championships 07/09/14
7th M45 4:18.17

Ironman Barcelona 05/10/14
3rd M45 9:05:59
_____My results from 2013____
Abu Dhabi Long Distance 02/03/13
1st M40 7:29.03

ETU Middle Distance Champs (Barcelona) 19/05/13
6th M40-44 4:55:48

Lough Cutra Olympic 26/05/13
3rd 2:12:38

Hever Castle Evening Sprint 12/06/13
1st 1:12.36

South Cerney Olympic 15/06/13
2nd 2:08:08

Ironman Frankfurt 07/07/13
14th M40 9:31:31 (S 49:32/T1 03:53/B 5:01:15/T2 02:43/R 3:34:08 )

London Triathlon Olympic Plus 28/07/13
1.5k/80k/10k - 2nd 3:08:31 (S 21:13/T1 2:57/B 2:04:01/T2 2:29/R 37:53)

European 70.3 Champs Wiesbaden 11/08/13
21st M40 4:41:52 (23:28/2:51/2:43:28/1:52/1:30:13)

Hillingdon Aquathlon 05/09/13
1st 24:12

Valencia Olympic 08/09/13
1st M40 2:10:08 (S 21:39/T1 1:38/B 1:06:35/T2 1:52/R 38:24)

ITU Aquathlon World Championships 11/09/13
1st M40 31:02

ITU World AG Champs - Standard 15/09/13
4th M40 1:51:30 (S 9:54/T1 2:52/B 1:00.32/T2 2:56/R 35:18 )

Ironman World Championship 12/10/13
11th M40 9:19:58 (S 53:33/T1 02:23/B 4:53:04/T2 03:20/R 3:27:38 )
_____My results from 2012____
Serp NYD 10k 01/01/12- 15th 36:09
Met XC League Trent Park 4.75 mile XC 14/01/12 60th of 335 27:44

Southern England XC Champs Brighton 28/01/12169th of 745 (20th vet) - 58:34 - 15k

Met XC League Perivale 5.66 mile XC 11/02/12
46th of 267 31:31

Roding Valley Half 26/02/12
7th of 910 75:51

Abu Dhabi Long Distance 03/03/12

Bath Half 11/03/12
111th 79:58

Brentwood Half 25/03/12
10th 75:49

USN Sprint Duathlon 01/04/12
5K/20K/5k - 1st 1:07:24 (Run 1 17:47/T1 0:28/Bike 30:37/T2 0:29/Run 2 18:03)

FulonTri Duathlon 14/04/12
6K/18K/6k - 4th 1:14:01 (Run 1 21:47/T1 0:29/Bike 30:18/T2 0:37/Run 2 20:49)

ETU European Champs 20/04/12
1st M40-44 1:59:47

Volcano Olympic 28/04/12
5th 2:04:40

GB Masters Champs Sheffield 50m pool 04/05/12

1500m - 2nd in 40-44 AG 18:50:79

ECCA 10m TT E2/10 05/05/12 38.01 (20:51 but late start penalty)Last Very Happy

Norland 30m TT F1/30 06/05/12 1:05.03 3rd

ECCA 10m TT E91/10 07/05/12 22:08 3rd

Norland 50m TT F1/50 13/05/12 1:49.54 3rd

Ironman Lanzarote 19/05/12
9th M40 10:09:30 (S 50:31/T1 03:47/B 5:30:09/T2 06:10/R 3:38:54)

Herts 30m TT F1/30 27/05/12 1:03.15 2nd

Finsbury Park 50m TT F1/50 10/06/12 1:48:20 4th

Icknield 25m TT F1/25 01/07/12 55:01 5th

Challenge Roth 08/07/12
1st M40 9:03:21 (S 47:45/T1 02:22/B 5:02:40/T2 01:48/R 3:08:48 )

API 25m TT E2/25 14/07/12 50:35 10th

SwimFest 10k swim 15/07/12 2:21:14 5th

Shaftesbury CC 50m TT E2/50 21/07/12 1:46:41 18th

ITU LD World Champs Vitoria Gasteiz 29/07/12
2nd M40 6:18:36 (S 55:43/T1 02:40/B 3:05:25/T2 1:33/R 2:13:18 )

FPCC 25m TT F1/25 05/08/12 55:12 14th

Votwo Silverstone Duathlon 07/08/12
3K/18K/3k - 3rd 51:04 (Run 1 11:05/T1 0:16/Bike 28:16/T2 0:15/Run 2 11:12)

Irish MD Champs Half Ireman 19/08/12
2nd 4:29:21

Wicklow Aquathlon 22/08/12
3rd 28:22

Ironman 70.3 World Champs Las Vegas 09/09/12
40th M40 5:04:55(26:36/3:41/2:41:25/2:43/1:50:30)

London Triathlon Olympic Plus 23/09/12
1.5k/80k/10k - 2nd 3:08:56 (S 20:37/T1 3:28/B 2:02:37/T2 1:58/R 40:18 )

Votwo 3.8k Swim Dorney 30/09/12
48:32 3rd

Ironman World Championship 13/10/12
62nd M40 10:09:27 (S 54:36/T1 02:37/B 5:27:20/T2 05:21/R 3:39:27)
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