By Mick Maroney
On Sunday 16th of January – 600 triathletes descended on Kurnell for the second race in this 20 year iconic series.
The race was significant for a number of reasons. Race Manager Nick Munting had resigned from his position prior to the event and the challenge was there for volunteers, and the Triathlon NSW team, to put the race together while another director for the series is identified..
On a day when the old boys triumphed in the mens race there was not a young turk to be seen in the top 5 for both the men’s and women’s race. Mick Maroney, Sean Brunt and Scott Milson turned on a hot race (short swim) to take out the over all podiums.
Anel Stewart is back and racing well with her first win in a while. Laura Siddall was second with Monica Dalidowicz 3rd by only one second over Dayna Davidson. We look forward to seeing Anel around. She is obviously flourishing under the coaching of Adam Radford.
It was a good start to 2011 for Anel Stewart with a solid race last weekend. Anel had only come back from altitude training at Falls Creek a week before Kurnell. â€œI always knew I was going to be a bit flat after a good training block. I was excited about another opportunity to race and to try out a few things that we have been working on in trainingâ€.
â€œI was happy with my swim (fastest overall on the day) although it was a bit short (again!!). I could really see the benefit of the strength work I did on the bike last year and I had one of my better TT’s in very windy conditions. A big thank you to Ainsley at Inner City Cycles for again looking after my bike before the raceâ€.
Anel’s running is continuing to improve and it was good to see what a difference a block of injury free, aerobic base training has made to her. â€œI still need to do a lot of work on my running but as I have often been told in the last few weeks, I need to be patient (not one of my strengths!)â€.
She seemed happy with the race and what she learned from it and is hoping to race in Geelong at the Australian sprint champs in February. â€œI will continue to use the races over the next couple of months as part of training and preparation for my goal races later in the yearâ€.
Meanwhile, at the presentation area â€“ Chris McCormack was speaking to the crowd, signing autographs, and posing for photos with fans.
Outright winners were Mick Maroney of Cronulla Triathlon Club (Mens) and Anel Stewart of South Africa (Womens)