PETA Cutler laughed that that her transitions were slow enough she might as well have had a cup of tea, but her swim, run and cycle legs in the Bathurst Wallabies Triathlon Club's long course event were more akin to an expresso.
Of the seven female competitors who tackled the season-opening long course race, Cutler clocked the fastest splits for the 500 metre swim and five kilometre run, while only eventual runner-up Hollee Simons went quicker in the 16km cycle.
While Cutler was not overly pleased she spent a 94 seconds through her two transitions which saw Simons on her heels as they headed out for the run, she still won comfortably.
"She [Hollee] wasn't far back at all after the bike. Once again I'm really slow in transition, take my time, have a cup of tea then I get on my bike and go and it was the same when I come in from the bike. I couldn't put my shoes on, took my time to put my hat on, then I got going," Cutler said.
"She was right on me, but it was a good run. I found it hard to get right on top of my breathing today, but it was good."
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Cutler held an 11 seconds lead over Simons after the swim thanks to her 7:56 split and though that closed up after the cycle, she powered through the run in 21:11.
It saw Culter (55:43) take the win ahead of Simons (58:32) and Morgan Watts (1:03.13) in a good sign ahead of the Western Sydney 70.3 Ironman.
"I've got Western Sydney in two weeks, so I just wanted to do this race to sharpen things up and have a really good crack there in two weeks," she said.