The Barracuda long distance crew took on the weather today in the Geelong 70.3, most of them using at as a warm up for the Melbourne ironman in 6 weeks . They were greeted by a morning that didn’t look too bad , just a bit of swim into the Corio bay chop , and a warming northerly fo 10 plus knots. By the time they were on the bike course temperatures peaked at 37 degrees , and the Norwester gusting to 30 knots . A westerly change brought a welcome change in the air temperatures but at its peak was gusting to 40 knots making even running into it difficult .
Keith Colomb had an outstanding breaking 5 hours in the testing conditions with a 5th overall in his age group and 36th outright. Chris Scammell put in a solid performance finishing in 5:20 . Rick Whitehouse made an 11 minute improvement over his run time in the recent Canberra event . Brooke Miller put in a courageous performance managing to complete the run despite her obvious pain from her recent collision with a motorcycle while out training . Andrew Sunderlands had his first go at long course racing finishing well in the tough conditions .
Swim Bike Run Overall Cat Place Overall
COLOMB, Keith Australia 00:37:45 02:34:07 01:31:08 04:48:29 5 36
SCAMMELL, Christopher Australia 00:38:05 02:46:24 01:49:50 05:19:16 31 138
WHITEHOUSE, Rick Australia 00:43:44 03:09:43 02:03:34 06:03:45 12 432
SUNDERLAND, Andrew Australia 00:34:08 03:06:50 02:20:43 06:11:10 86 487
MILLER, Brooke Australia 00:43:40 03:05:36 02:18:57 06:13:29 18 500