Brodie beats her own time at Triathlon
Brodie Smith of Dannevirke did not have to travel so far this year to compete in the World Age Group Triathlon World Championships but the environment in Queensland’s Gold Coast was just as challenging as Mexico in 2016.
After qualifying in a large New Zealand team, Brodie headed to the Gold Coast in September with high hopes. She had four days to acclimatise before her race on September 16.
It was not so much the heat of the Gold Coast, but a gusty wind which affected all disciplines in her triathlon.
Brodie started strongly in the 1500m swim, her strongest leg, coming out of the water well up in the 75-strong field.
The 40km bike leg was not hilly but the course had a lot of sharp corners requiring deceleration then acceleration, something Brodie had not trained much for and it took its toll.
When she came off her bike to begin the 10km run her whole body cramped up and support of her friends and family enabled her to complete the leg, midway through the field.
She was disappointed as she had trained much harder than for her Mexican experience but she was still three minutes faster than in 2016 at Cozumel. Brodie was thrilled to have the support of her parents, brother (from Sydney), a good friend and her Dannevirke team of Paula Kent and Wendy Stratford.
“She did amazingly well,” Paula said. “She is very humble and doesn’t want to make a big deal about it but I think she deserves some recognition. She competes against professional athletes who have previously been in the elite category and then transitioned to the age groups so for a working mum from Dannevirke to qualify and to do so well I think is awesome.”
The winner of Brodie’s group completed the 10km run in 37 minutes.
With the world championships two years away in Sweden, Brodie is not sure she will be competing but in the meantime she is training for the Iron Ma¯ ori competition at Napier in four weeks, hoping to enjoy its 10th anniversary as much as she did the Gold Coast, which she described as “an awesome experience”.
Brodie Smith with two good friends from Dannevirke who travelled as support Paula Kent and Wendy Stratford.