The Australian Defence Triathlon Club was well represented by 46 triathletes among 8500 competitors in the 32nd running of the Noosa Olympic Triathlon, the world’s second biggest triathlon, in early November.
Each competitor had to swim 1.5km, ride 40km and run 10km.
A major change this year was all competitors were required to swim off the beach opposite the Noosa Surf Club, instead of from the inland canal.
Navy’s fastest was Commander Daniel Crocker, in 2hr 20min 4sec, followed by Lieutenant Natalie Davies, in 2:26.25, and Petty Officer Aaron Hannam, in 2:26.46.
723 Squadron pilot, Lieutenant Davies, who competed in the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii on 10 October, said she had been involved in triathlon since 2008, when she joined the Defence Triathlon Club.
“Noosa this year was a great race for me, I love the course and always enjoy the atmosphere of the race,” she said.
“I ended up coming fourth in my age category, which I was really happy with, considering it is the most popular event in the southern hemisphere.
“It is also one of the Defence Force Triathlon Club’s big races for the year, where we have maximum participation from our club members, so I was happy to be first Defence female over the line as well.”
She said the hardest part of the event was coming off three weeks of rest and recovery after the Hawaiian Ironman.
“I hadn't had any training since the ironman and I was still going through my recovery and nursing an injury from the race,” she said.
“I was glad I had a good race and my body was able to perform, because it could’ve easily gone the other way.
“Although I wasn’t completely recovered, I was confident about the much shorter distance of the Noosa Triathlon.”
Another eight Australian Defence Force Triathlon team members - four from Navy, two from Army and two from Air Force - competed among 1300 others in the fourth annual Mandurah Ironman 70.3 on 8 November.
The event, which is held an hour south of Perth, consisted of a 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and a 21.1km run.
First across the line was Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Submariner Joel Macallister, of HMAS Stirling, in a blistering time of 4.34.
In second place was Army’s Warrant Officer Class 2 Megan Webber, in 5.07.
Lieutenant Commander Brett Flynn, also of HMAS Stirling, came in third, in 5.08.
Leading Seaman Macallister said he was relatively happy with his result leading up to Ironman Busselton in December.