With the Noosa Triathlon in all it's glory coming upon us this weekend I thought it a good opportunity to give you a bit of an insight into the gear I will be using and why as I step down in distance and ramp up the speed against some of the fastest boys in Australia over the Olympic distance.
With a move to the ocean this year, I'm an unsure whether we will 100% be guaranteed a wetsuit swim. Perhaps I'm just a naive southerner and it will definitely be a non wetsuit swim, but I brought it anyway... Just in case. With no swim skin/wetsuit sponsor I'm able to use whatever I want. In saying that though, I have a Roka swim skin because it was on sale at the Hawaii 70.3 expo last year (not the top of the line one) and a Blue Seventy Helix wetsuit because my good friend Luke Bell helped me out big time and has let me use it on a 'long term loan,' I swear I'll pay you back when your old and needy mate! In terms of Noosa, I find the swim skin to be an invaluable tool to have as it is undoubtedly faster and can hopefully help me latch into some of those faster feet!
The Noosa bike course is a unique one and there a few key points of note to take into account when choosing equipment. For me, these are; the roundabouts, Garmin Hill, and, the fast descent on the way back. There is no question in my mind that this is a TT bike course (if you have one) and as such I'll be on my trusty Cannondale Slice which in it's new incarnation provides a more nimble and responsive ride than any other TT bike I've ever been on, perfect for Noosa. In terms of wheels, I have chosen to run a mix of the ENVE SES 8.9's and the 6.7's opting for a 6 front and a 9 back, the reasoning behind which is to allow for more confidence in 'railing corners' and a little more stability in the fast descent should we encounter a dreaded crosswind at the bottom. Add to this mix my Bell Star Pro aero road helmet (with vents closed of course!) and my Fizik R3B Uomo shoes. Recently I've also cleaned up my hydration storage with an aero bottle on the frame and a behind the saddle bottle cage for my other bottle. With a bit of luck, this can hopefully save me a couple of precious watts!
Again, with no shoe sponsor I am able to wear what I want. I recently read a study which indicated that the best shoe for someone is the one which 'feels best' with the notion that our body is pretty damn good at working out quickly what is right and what is wrong. With that mindset I've chosen to race in the Nike Lunar Racer, they simply feel right and provide a great balance of support and lightness in my book. As always I will also be donning a trucker hat of some sort, which one exactly is as yet undetermined!
Nutrition and Apparel;
With a step down in distance I will be moving back into my Jaggad one piece tri suit to keep it slick and fast! (Note: look for me to be wearing my new Jaggad tri suit design in coming months!). With a recently announced partnership with Hammer Nutrition I will be utilising one or two of their caffeinated gels on the bike in an attempt to get that little extra kick and prevent an implosion 5-7km into the run!
If you see me in Noosa and recognise me, come up and say hi! Good luck to all those racing and most importantly just enjoy what truly is a spectacle of our sport in Australia.
Till next time,