The week leading up to the 2006 Cannibal Gold Coast Half Ironman I spent with my coach Gilesy and his family at Lennox Heads. It was a relaxing week with plenty of surfing, training, and a few brews along the way.
Tim Prowse and I headed up to the Gold Coast on Friday and the weather was perfect. I woke up race day feeling very nervous with such a strong field of pros to compete against. We headed down to Coomera Waters to get ready for the race.
In the swim, I tucked myself into a group and I swam a personal best of 24:06. After that, I mounted the bike feeling pretty strong, and I mixed it up with some strong riders. I came off the bike with a time of 2:20:30, feeling pretty smashed but pumped and ready for the 21-km run.
It took me a bit to find my legs in the run, but running with Craig McKenzie for a few kilometres kept me motivated. Craig pulled away from me, and I dug deep to get a good result. I ran myself into 3rd place with Prowsie 12 seconds behind me in 4th position.
Running down the finishing line, I was lapping it up. It was awesome to have competed in such a good race with such a strong field and especially finishing with Prowsie after all the hard work we have been doing over the past couple of months.
Gold Coast Half Ironman Results: Top 10 Finish Times
- Chris Mccormack 3:53:05
- Craig Mckenzie 4:00:27
- Tim Berkel 4:03:25
- Tim Prowse 4:03:37
- Gareth Halverson 4:07:07
- Peter Schokman 4:07:49
- Clayton Fettell 4:07:52
- Charlie Low 4:09:52
- Klayten Smith 4:10:03
- Stephen Hemy 4:11:03
Athlink has a full list of results and other stats for the 2006 Cannibal Gold Coast Half Ironman.