Perfect 'blowout' for Coast to Coast
A sweaty handshake and a smile were enough to suggest who the winners were at the Timaru Triathlon yesterday.
Christchurch's Luke Vaughan looked exhausted rather than all warmed-up for his fourth attempt at the one-day Coast to Coast event in two weeks.
After completing the 4km kayak, 40km cycle and 10km run around Caroline Bay in 2 hours 20 minutes and 50 seconds, he maintained it was an ideal preparation.
"It was pretty hot and hard," he said after the event, especially the run section which was rather hilly.
"It was a case of drinking plenty of water and keeping on chugging.
"I wasn't sure how I was going to go, as I had a few injury issues during the week with my legs but they held-up well."
The 28-year-old said the "intensity" of the Timaru Triathlon acted as a perfect "final blowout" for the Coast to Coast race which could take him 12 hours.
"These short-course triathlons are hard in their own right just because of the intensity and I don't normally like running on roads much."
It was a different story for the first swim triathlete across the line, Rob Lord, who tacked the Timaru event on the end of his schedule after winning his age-category at the Wanaka half-ironman last weekend.
He said the 1500m swim could not have gone better for him and it helped him to complete the course in 2hr 12min 20sec.
"It was a very flat swim which is beautiful and fast, nice and warm on the bike which was very helpful and it just seemed to get hotter and hotter on the run.
"I like tougher conditions but I guess you can't complain with a win."
The 23-year-old is in his third season in the sport and said the course was as beautiful as it was challenging.
Martina Fellman was the first women's swimmer home in 2hr 26min 13sec.
Sia Svendsen was the first female kayaker to cross the line in 2hr 41min 14sec.
- The Timaru Herald