My 4 week work secondment in Perth WA was extended through to the end of February, so I was able to support Lisa & Kara in their Rottnest channel Swim. The Rotto swim (as known locally) is a 20km swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island that attracts over 1200 swimmers in the solo, duo & team categories.
I resumed my support duties like I did with Lisa’s successful English channel crossing managing the fluids & nutrition for the girls & towelling them dry to keep them warm inbetween their transitions. The girls had a great race finishing in 5 hrs 10 mins 12 sec wining there age group category but missing out in the female Duo Overall category win by 19 seconds!!!
The swim race itself is by far the biggest open water swim event in the world & has all the support, vibe & enthusiasm of any ironman race I have been to. It’s a must do swim race for any open water swimmers & a race I plan to do one day also… Maybe I will be doing the mixed duo cat with Lisa next year J
On my flights back to Aberdeen I differed my layover in London to go The Triathlon Show at Sandown to firstly help Powerbar and my other supporting sponsors at the exhibition event.
Apart from catching up with 220 live, sponsors & friends at the exhibition the Triathlon show is also the first chance to test and sample the latest innovations & gear heading into the triathlon market for 2013.
I had a chance to test the new Huub fast skin suit, Zerod triathlon Osuit & Zoggs photochomatic?? goggles in the endless pool. I was also able to sample the new Compressport range such as the compress T-shirt (very handy in cold weather), the new ON runners & new Powerbar Hydro gels in the Powerbar 10K race on the Sunday morning.
It was a (cold) shock to the system to race a 10K but I aimed to run about 36 mins & I was just about on the money – 36:22 placing 13th male
I’m happy to announce that my support partnerships with Powerbar, ON, Compressport, Zerod, Neovite, Zoggs, HUUB & Greeper laces will continue in 2013. My race schedule has now been updated also – happy racing