CAROLINE Robertson might not be able to line up for the second round of the Bathurst Wallabies Triathlon Club’s season this Sunday, but she will certainly be one of the female competitors to watch as the series unfolds.
After placing third behind Jodie Martin in the race for female long course honours in the season opener on October 22, Robertson headed to Jervis Bay for the Long Course Weekend.
As a regular at the Huskisson Triathlon Carnival she was familiar with the surrounds, but under the Long Course Weekend format, she completed swim, cycle and run legs across different days rather than consecutively.
It was a format that clearly suited Robertson as she ended up first in her female 35-39 years age division and fourth overall.
“Normally I will go down for the Hussky weekend which is held in February every year, but this is a new format long course weekend, they've put the swim and the bike on different days, so it allows people to try different distances,” she said.
“I was really pleased, I certainly didn't know I was going to win my age group. I was also very pleased that I got second overall in the swim and fourth [overall] in the bike and the run.
“That was a lot of hard work coming together.”
Roberston clocked a 28 minutes, five seconds split for the 1.5 kilometre swim, backed it with a 1:33.04 for the 40km cycle, then finished with a 26.49 effort in the 5km run.
“Open water swimming is not my favourite activity, but the conditions were really good. Often at Hussky there is a really strong current, but it wasn't too bad, it wasn't too choppy and it made for a very pleasant swim - there were even some dolphins swimming around at the start,” she said.
“On Sunday it was quite tough on the run, but it was still pretty good overall despite the heat.”
This Sunday Robertson will miss the second round of the Bathurst season, but as a member of the club’s committee she is hoping the day will be just as well supported as the opener.
It will feature long and short course events for the seniors from 8am with joeys and boomers races for the juniors to follow.
“I’ve been on the committee for a while now, it's just really nice to give back to the community and it's a fantastic club to be involved with. We've worked really hard on making it inclusive and friendly for everyone to come along and give triathlon a go and I think it's really paid off, the club has just grown enormously,” she said.
“It's great to see everyone out there from the Mark Windsors to the people who are just starting out in triathlon. James [Kelly] and Luke [Patterson] as vice president have done an incredible job to get things moving in that direction.
“I can't be there this weekend unfortunately, but I'll certainly be at the rest and I'm also going to do all the inter clubs this year which I haven't been able to get to before, so I'm pretty excited about that.”