Swimming might be his weakest discipline but that did not stop Wanaka multisport star Dougal Allan from taking out the Lake Dunstan triathlon in a record time of 53 minutes in Cromwell yesterday.
The 28-year-old, who is better known for his multisport and adventure racing prowess, was competing in the event for the first time and knocked a minute off the previous record set last year by former Olympic cyclist Matt Randall.
Allan said he enjoyed the race but said triathlon was quite different. "I find triathlon hard because you're constantly pushing into the red zone and going hard the whole time."
Allan plans to compete in the Challenge Wanaka triathlon event in two weeks and said yesterday's event was good training for him, although he would have preferred a longer swim leg as he needed more swimming training.
Meanwhile, top young Queenstown athlete Fynn Thompson finished behind Allan and said it was also his first time competing in the event although he had raced the course before during a secondary school triathlon.
He particularly enjoyed the run and said he felt strong coming out of the water. The triathlon was good training for his next big race in Penrith, Australia, where he will compete in a triathlon as part of the Australian junior series.
It will be the first time he has competed overseas and he said he was "pretty excited".
Event organiser Terry Emmitt said high winds and a choppy lake made conditions tough for the 130 athletes competing, particularly for the kayaking.
The triathlon is in its 13th year and is part of the Cromwell Summer Series organised by the Cromwell and Districts Promotion Group.
The next event on the calendar is the 92km Lake Dunstan cycle challenge on January 12.
- The Southland Times