Cy­clist vows to make re­turn

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SUR­VIV­ING the tricky con­di­tions dur­ing her first crack at the Coolan­gatta Gold, Sa­man­tha Hem­s­ley has com­mit­ted to re­turn.

The noted cy­clist parked the bike for six months to train for the short-dis­tance Gold, and she com­pleted the 10.5km ski, 2km swim, 5km board and 5.5km run in 3:05:35.

“The tough­est part were the tran­si­tions. It was a long run be­tween each leg across re­ally deep soft sand,” she said.

“The ski to swim tran­si­tion was par­tic­u­larly tough be­cause my heart rate and breath­ing peaked dur­ing tran­si­tion, then ob­vi­ously your breath­ing is re­stricted on the swim, so it took a lit­tle while to set­tle. I cramped three times dur­ing the swim and had to stop to stretch out my calves.

“There was a wicked south east­erly wind that got up the night be­fore which made the ski leg tough on the way home. But that was ac­tu­ally where I made up a bit of ground be­cause I was able to mus­cle into it.”

Sam was pleased with her over­all re­sult, with train­ing part­ners Quentin Poulsen and Matty Ste­wart com­plet­ing the course in 3hr01mins. “I didn’t do too bad given they are big burly blokes. Noth­ing like a bit of friendly com­pe­ti­tion be­tween mates,” she said.

Dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tions, Sam said she has mem­o­ries of com­mit­ting to next year’s long course – a 23km ski, 2.1km run, 3.5km swim, 6.1km board and a 7.1km run.

“Must have been the post-race en­dor­phins talk­ing... but I can’t break a prom­ise now,” she said.

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