Cyclist vows to make return
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.