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Relay and a few random shots

 Feature photo: Delly Carr/ITU Media

The relay is something I always look forward to. I played soccer and cricket for about 4 years on the weekends and just about every team sport at school (waterpolo, Footie, Soccer, Cricket, Hockey). Even though I was never particularly good at them I loved playing as part of a team. This is our opportunity to experience not just racing for yourself but also for a team.

A quick snap of the teams just before the relays

A quick snap of the team just before the relay

For those unaware the teams format has two females and two males from each country completing a mini (250/7/1.6) triathlon. In our team we went Emma Moffatt first, myself second, Emma Jackson third and Ryan Bailie fourth.

When I started my leg we were sitting in 7th spot around 35 seconds down on the leaders. I had recovered well from the individual race and I knew that I just had to give it everything I had for the next 18 minutes.

I dove in around 10 seconds behind the Scottish and South African team. I overtook Grant Sheldon from the Scottish team and got on the bike still around 35 seconds to the leaders (England, New Zealand, Canada and Northern Ireland) and 12 seconds to Henri Schoeman from South Africa. Even though 7km is very short I knew it was long enough to blow the door handles off if I tried to ride the first couple of minutes at 500watts plus, so I tried to monitor my power a little to make sure. I caught Henri midway through the ride and rode well together trying our best to make as much time to the leaders as possible. At the u-turn I could see that we had made time on the lead group which was motivating for Henri and myself to keep pushing.

At the end of the ride I had cut the lead down to around 15 seconds but I knew I had to try and get as close as I could in the run to give Emma Jackson the best chance to be in the lead group.

Almost into T2. Relay

Almost into T2. Relay

My legs were pretty buckled after the ride but over 1.6km there wasn’t anytime to worry about that. I could tell I was closing the gap to Matt Sharpe (Canada) and Connor Murphy (Northern Ireland) and Slowly catching Tony Dodds (New Zealand) in the run. I pushed as hard as I could all way and changed to Jacko in 5th near enough to the leaders.

I was really pleased with my leg in the relay on a personal level and more importantly I was able to have a good leg for the team.

The others in the team raced well and Ryan ‘Bolt’ Bailie was able to out sprint Canada for the 3rd spot with South Africa in 2nd and England 1st.

After the individual it was really nice to finish on a high and to share that as part of Team Australia was pretty special.

Commonwealth Games Bronze. I’ll be looking after that medal!

Selfie. Standard

Selfie. Standard

With our individual race being on the first day on the Comm Games we weren’t able to attend the opening ceremony - We were however able to attend the formal Australian team welcome at Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Below are some shots from that.

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Chilling

Chilling

Myself, Genevieve LaCaze, Ryan Gregson

Myself, Genevieve LaCaze, Ryan Gregson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few more random shots from my time in Glasgow. 

Bag carrier FT Steve Gregson

Bag carrier FT Steve Gregson

Helping my mate Ryan Gregson with a threshold run.

Helping my mate Ryan Gregson with a threshold run

 

 

 

 

Hampden Park. Mens 100m final night

Hampden Park. Mens 100m final night

 

Watching Wollongong Boys Kieran Govers and Tristan White win gold in the Hockey

Watching Wollongong Boys Kieran Govers and Tristan White win gold in the Hockey

 

Wollongong locals Casey Eastham and Ryan Gregson

Wollongong locals Casey Eastham and Ryan Gregson at the closing Ceremony

Myself, John Steffensen, Kirani james (400m gold), Ryan Gregson

Myself, John Steffensen, Kirani james (400m gold), Ryan Gregson at the closing ceremony

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Enjoying the closing with my Aussie and Scottish flag..

 

I’m now back in Vitoria getting ready for the ITU WTS Grand final which is in edmonton, Canada on the first weekend of September.

Thanks everyone for the love, It was an awesome couple of weeks in Glasgow!

Cheers,
Bugs

 

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  • char

    very good report. congrats

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