THE Gundy Tri Club season kicked off on Sunday with a sign on day and a mini tri.
The club was delighted with the numbers who braved a fairly cool start to the day and especially pleased with the number of new members signing up, including quite a few families.
A total of 33 competed in the mini tri which consisted of a 300m swim, 12km bike ride and a 2km run (or at least a portion of those distances for some). There were also a dozen kids having a red hot go at their own mini tri after the adults had finished.
There were some notable performances on the day, the most obvious being from those who have spent the winter months sitting on wind trainers around town.
Tim Richards started the season where he finished last year and his first hit out of the year was only a few seconds slower than when the last season ended. Obviously the man to beat.
Nikko Siddins has recovered from injury and blitzed the rest of the field and looks like the one most likely to challenge Tim.
Geoff Webb was comprehensively beaten by his wife but was unfazed due to the regularity of this situation..
Drew Fox came out of retirement and made his usual big splash in the pool.
Fox was using a flotation device to help him in the swim leg.
Someone needs to tell him to wear the bubble on his back..
Paul Nixon has being telling us for years that he can’t swim and he proved that on Sunday, completing two of the slowest laps ever in the town pool.
He actually made Milo McColl and Crusty Crothers look like seasoned professionals – Well done Paul!
Next Sunday we will be starting half an hour earlier, meeting at the pool at 7am for a 7.30 start. Hopefully the water will be a bit warmer and this scribe might even get in. Please note that with the new pool operating hours, the earlier starting time is only made possible by the Tri Club privately hiring the pool and that everybody else will still have to wait until 8am to use this facility.
Any people who would like to join the club are still welcome and should rock up any Sunday morning ready to go at 7.30am. All levels of fitness and ability are catered for and the whole ethos of the club is about having a go and enjoying yourselves.
There are also a few new members without bikes so if anyone has an unused bike in the shed they would like to lend please bring it along or get in touch with Scott McColl.