2017 Sunny Coast 70.3 – Race Preview

It’s been two years since I raced here at Mooloolaba for the 70.3, due to the simple fact I am nowhere near fast enough to qualify for the World Championships that were held at this venue last year (2016).  They made some really cool changes for the WC event and they have kept most of them for this years race, which is super exciting!

My training has not been perfect in the lead into this race.  Actually its been far below my normal expectations, but that just means that I head into this race with limited or no expectations.  My life is taking me in different directions at the moment and the cross roads have meant that my priorities are in other areas.  I am confident of finishing this race and am reasonable confident that the work I have been doing should have me in a position to bank 3 solid legs and subsequently performance.

Before I get into the goals, lets have a look at the race itself and some of the cool new features:


I am looking forward to the new transition area, bike course, slightly adjusted run and the finish line.  Here is a link to the Sunny Coast 70.3 Course.  The biggest change is the location of the transition area on the beach esplanade and the expo over the back in the carpark.  It’s a pity I won’t have time to enjoy the view.

The long skinny transition will be a new challenge, but we all have to deal with it and my thoughts are if it was good enough for the World Championships it will be good enough for me!

Reviewing the Sunny Coast 70.3 – Athlete Information Guide and watching the athlete briefing is my obligatory race week ritual.  It’s like flicking the switch on and helps put me in race mode.  Along with putting on the race wheels, shaving my legs all help to get the head into race mode!

My wave starts at 6:14am, Sunny Coast 70.3 – Wave Starts, my athlete list and my number is 783, with a full Sunny Coast 70.3 – Athlete List Here!

If you’re interested in tracking the event and my progress or anyone else you may know racing feel free to Download the Ironman Oceania App and add my athlete number to follow.


OK so let’s start with a quick re-cap on my previous results over the 70.3 distance, I’ve attempted 4 races over this distance with mixed results:

2017 Half Ironman Result Review

As you can see from a 5:46 down to a 4:58 last year.  I have had super improvement and while my training isn’t perfect at the moment, I’m hoping on the back of 2 ironman training program earlier this year, my base will carry me through tomorrow.

Ok, so here is my targets:

Swim as close to 30 minutes as possible

Bike as close to 2:30 as possible

Run to be injury free and hope at the finish overall time is sub 5 hours!

If your racing, I’d love to see/meet you at some stage over the weekend, so please don’t be shy, come and say g-day.  I live to race, and while this day is going to hurt, I’m going to have an absolute ball hurting myself!  Let’s kick this season off with an epic weekend on the Sunny Coast!

If you ever have any questions please reach out, I’m only a message away.

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Till next time build consistency, keep smiling and live to Tri!

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