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Zipp 404 wheel set with Ultegra 10 speed. Bought in 2010. Have done 6 Olympic Distance Tri’s and 4 70.3 IM races only.

Looking for around $1250

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RTC update 12 August

Moreton Bay Triathlon Festival

The TQ Club Championship race is fast approaching on the 6th Sept at Clontarf. This is a sprint tri for adults, plus races for juniors. The club would love all our members to be there as an awesome way to start the Tri season and to support the TQ race. As a bonus, everyone who races for RTC on Sunday or volunteer for TQ or as a TO will receive their club membership fees back. Entries are open now at:

Rainbow Beach Double Tri

It’s just over a week until the Rainbow Beach Double Tri on 22/23 Aug. If you have not entered yet Phil has provided us with a 10% club discount with the code Red15. All the info is at:


Our AGM is set down for 9th Sept at 7.30 pm in meeting room 2 at the Corso North Lakes, in the same building as the library across the road from the pool. The AGM is a great night to hear what has been happening in the club and the plans for the next year. All committee positions are open for nominations and you can nominate yourself or a friend with their knowledge by emailing Pete at As always, nominations will be taken on the night only for positions with no prior nominations. For further info on the different roles feel free to email or call and I can help you out. I know sometimes AGMs can be daunting as people don’t want to be coerced into taking on roles they don’t want, but we are very lucky with enough people in the club willing to take on committee positions that this does not happen, so feel free to attend with no pressure to do anything you do not want to do.

Positions available are President, Vice-president, Secretary, Treasurer, and four committee members. My personal wishes for this year are to recruit someone to the committee who has experience or interest in writing grant applications. For the last few years I have been writing grant applications and have been successful with two, but I know we could do a lot better with someone who knew more about grant applications. And we are looking for someone with web design and maintenance experience to look after the club website and Mailchimp. We have been very lucky to have Paul build a new website and move us to Mailchimp over the last few years and now require someone to take over to keep everything going.

Our AGM usually take about an hour or less and then we can have a cup of tea or coffee and chat and it would be appreciated if you could bring a plate of something to share please.

25th RTC Anniversary “Night of Nights”

Come and join the club celebrate this great milestone.

Date: Friday 2nd October 2015 (Start time 6pm)

Venue: Golden Ox Restaurant & Function centre, Margate

Cost: $75 per adult, includes tapas in the garden & complimentary drink on arrival (soft drink, beer or wine), main meal and desert (Menu choices available upon registration, plus any dietary requirements) $55 per child (under 12), includes tapas in the garden & complimentary drink (non-alcoholic) on arrival, Main meal (Chicken fries and salad) and Desert (Ice cream)

25th Anniversary Table Bookings Seating arrangements for the 25th Anniversary dinner are 10 persons per table. If you would like to book a table for you and your friends please provide the following information:
• Attendees names to be seating at the table.
• Email to Suzi McLucas,


Limited Numbers: 170 guests, get in early or miss out.

Attire: Semi Formal (No Lycra)

Night includes: entertainment, 25th anniversary commemorative book and lucky draw prizes.

Any questions please contact: Danny Hooley or 0415043872

Rebel Sports and Amart Sports community club programs

There is a great program offered by Rebel and Amart where clubs receive credits according to how much money is spent by members. We use these credits for vouchers for prizes and to buy equipment for the coaches to use during sessions. These programs are easy to join, you just need to sign up and indicate that your club you are supporting is RTC. To sign up or if you are already a members to allocate your club go to both programs at: and

Peaks Challenge Gold Coast

Last weekend was the Peaks Challenge Gold Coast and we had a few members participate. I asked Yvonne Vos to write a short report for this email and a longer one which will go onto Facebook as well, thanks Yvonne:

For the uninitiated, the Falls Creek Three Peaks (Victoria) extended the series this year to the Gold Coast and Cradle Mountain (Tasmania). All three courses are 235kms with 4,000+ mtrs of climbing.Riders gathered at Metricon Stadium, Carrara at 5:30. The skies were clear and it promised to be an awesome day. It was almost 11 degrees as waves started leaving at 6am. No doubt speedy Rob Cordle was at the front somewhere soaking up the atmosphere.
From 1191 entries, 236 didn’t make it to the start line. A further 88 riders DNF’d. Some through mechanical failures as gears slipped getting up the likes of Henri Robert Drive, where many walked up. 9% of entries and starters were female. I was proud to be one of them and received plenty of “Girl Power!!” shouts from the side lines, which off course had to be reciprocated with a “Woohoo!!”.
Rob came in at an impressive 8:40:53. Well inside the 12 hour cut-off. Will Morris and Darragh King finished the day in 11:22 mins, whilst Laurence Kinne and I finished in 11:28 mins. It was a long day in the saddle, but despite personal challenges, such as headache, head cold, sore feet, sore butts, under training (work gets in the way) and nervousness, we all finished and can proudly wear a finisher shirt only given to those who actually complete the course within 12 hours.

State Government Get in the Game grants

RTC is registered for this grant which provides $150 to people aged 5 – 17 to use for club and training fees. The current round closes on 30 September or when all the vouchers have been allocated. Everyone can apply now, it’s a bit of work getting the application completed but worth it I think. I’m about to apply for Carter, Tanner and Hadley and that will work out as their memberships and nearly a year of Monday night track sessions paid by the grant. For more info and to apply go to:

MBGP photos

The photos taken at the MBGP by Andrew can be found at:

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Saturday Coffee Club Rides

For those new to RTC we do our long rides on a Saturday morning. We meet at the end of the car park in at North Lakes Shopping Centre (just up from the Coffee Club) at 5.45am ready to ride from 6am. If it is raining keep an eye on the RTC facebook page and we will post around 5.15am if the ride is to be officially cancelled. If cancelled you may still ride however it is NOT an official RTC ride.

For those who are new there are a number of groups riding with speeds to suit everyone so come along and try it out. Make sure you have a rear light as it is still dark when we start at the moment. In RTC we obey all road rules and never ride more than 2 abreast at any stage. Safety is our utmost concern and we like tor respect the car drivers and they will in turn respect us.

Juniors (Route as per Gai)

Older juniors – Normal Loop

F Troop – To be Advised + Coffee

Normal Loop – 2 groups depending on pace.

Long Ride Group Hills – Out Winn Rd to Dayboro, back via Eatons Crossing Rd. 2 groups.

Upcoming sessions and events

Noosa Brick – this Sunday 16th
There is a ride/run at Noosa this weekend. Meet at the park where they have transition, Noosa Heads Lions Park, Noosa Parade at 7am ready to ride. We will ride out on the course to Garmin Hill, from there those who want to ride a little further can go out the Noosa-Cooroy Rd and return, whilst the others either another tour of the hill or head back to town . All together for a run of up to 8kms on the main part of the run course when we get back. Because they haven’t yet published where the swim will be, we will leave the swim up to you this time. We hope to know where for the next one and will organise a brick with a swim then. Can those coming let Nana or Louise Lambrianides know please

16th Aug TLC Fun Run North Lakes
22-23 August Rainbow Beach double triathlon / Straddie Double Triathlon
23rd Aug Brick Suttons
29th Aug OWS + Run Mooloolaba
30th Aug Sunny Coast Marathon
30th Aug Worlds 70.3 Championships Austria
6th Sept Moreton Bay Triathlon
13th Sept Mooloolaba 70.3
19-20th Possible RTC camp
27th Sept Brick Suttons

If you have any questions regarding coaching please contact GB at If you have any questions regarding club stuff you can email me at

Have a great weekend and week.

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1 day left to register for MBGP

Hi all,

Only 2 more days until the MBGP and so far we have 110 people registered which is awesome and with plenty of entries today and tomorrow we should get past the 130 people we had last year, so if you have not entered yet, get to it. On-line entries will close Friday evening and we will accept entries and changes Saturday at the track but no race timing will be able to be provided. Just so you can check out your opposition, below is a list of every who has so far entered. You will see lots of different clubs represented and even Nick the president of Hervey Bay Tri Club and organiser of the HB100 is racing, unless another earth quake takes out the Bay before then. You can also see which of your training buddies have not entered yet so you can hassle them until they do haha.

Thank you to everyone who is sharing the MBGP FB event with your friends, it has been great to have our club event fill most of my feed the last few weeks. Can I just ask everyone on FB to share the event one last time today or tomorrow, just go the club page, click on events and then the MBGP and there is a share button.

The first race starts at 11.15 and we will start setting up at 9.30 and would love any help you can offer before or after the event. Just rock up and Danny or Kenny will give you something to do. You can also arrive early and have a ride around the track to get to know the two hills, just remember this year we are going anti-clockwise which is opposite to the last three years.

Just in case you missed my email on Monday, Sunday afternoon starting at 2 pm at Aurora Blvd Park in North Lakes is our club presentations. There are two car parks on Expedition Drive. We will start with some fun on the football fields, maybe some touch football, cricket and red rover, plus some games for the younger people. Award presentations will start at 3 pm and then we will have dinner. This is a no cost event open to all past and present members and your families so I hope lots of you can make it. There is a FB event where you can indicate your attendance so we can provide enough food and drinks, or email me please. All you have to bring is a chair or picnic blanket, and a plate of salad or dessert to share and wear cloths to run around in if you want and some warmer cloths for the evening.

OK, I’ll try not to email tomorrow but no promises.


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Registration category Participant name Which triathlon club are you a member of?

7 – 11 year old race Stewart, Max Redcliffe Triathlon Club
7 – 11 year old race Johnston, Carter Redcliffe Tri Club
7 – 11 year old race Johnston, Tanner Redcliffe Tri Club
7 – 11 year old race Calder, Millie Redcliffe
7 – 11 year old race Close, Ethan Pine River Tri Sports Club
7 – 11 year old race Close, Callum Pine Rivers Tri Sports Club
7 – 11 year old race Pares, Kelsi Redcliffe
7 – 11 year old race Course, Bradley Nil
7 – 11 year old race Limmer, Moses None
7 – 11 year old race Ashworth, Matthew N/A
7 – 11 year old race Boughen, Ryan Redcliffe
7 – 11 year old race Boughen, Quinn None
7 – 11 year old race Scoles, Diamond None
7 – 11 year old race Barlow, Finnlea SCTA
7 – 11 year old race Cook, Coen Redcliffe Tri Club
7 – 11 year old race Seiler, Benn SCTA
7 – 11 year old race Enever, Joelie Redcliffe
7 – 11 year old race Roberts, Maleah scta
7 – 11 year old race Cameron, Caitee Redcliffe Triathlon Club
7 – 11 year old race Lee, Taylor redcliffe tri club
7 – 11 year old race Bright, Cierra Redcliffe
7 – 11 year old race Van Vliet, Mia UQ Triads
7 – 11 year old race Matthews, Jack Pine Rivers Tri Sports Club
7 – 11 year old race Bell-Young, Olivia Redcliffe Tri Club

Enduro Robson, Sharon Nil
Enduro Clarke, Shannon N/A
Enduro Reardon, Karen RTC
Enduro Greenslade, Ben Wilston Grange Triathlon Club
Enduro Lee, Craig Redcliffe Tri
Enduro Close, Graham Pine Rivers Tri Sports Club
Enduro Gilmour, Natahsa Redcliffe
Enduro Dimsey, James Reddog Triathlon Training
Enduro Limmer, Tim Redcliffe Tri Club
Enduro Moffatt, Darryl None
Enduro Mark, Paul Redcliffe
Enduro Tait, Sara Team T Rex
Enduro Limmer, Michael Not a member
Enduro Ashworth, Jessica Carina Leagues Tri Club
Enduro Bristow, Mark Redcliffe
Enduro Gordon, Adam Surfers paradise
Enduro Mackie, Briarna Red Dog Triathlon Training
Enduro van Vliet, Joost UQ Triads
Enduro Brown, Tricia Redcliffe Triathlon Club
Enduro Thistlethwait, Bree Genesis Tri Club
Enduro Blackburn, Dale None
Enduro Miller, Charlie Red Dog Triathlon Training
Enduro McQueen, Travis nil

Long course Ryan, Michelle Redcliffe Tri Club
Long course Geary, Joy Redcliffe triathlon Club
Long course Jones, Vicki Team T Rex
Long course Worden, Trudy NA
Long course Gaviglio, Kylie N/A
Long course Yarde, Brittany Be Energetic
Long course Macqueen, Amanda redcliffe
Long course Carpenter, Anthony ipswich
Long course Russo, Nathan 3lements Multisport Club
Long course Robbins, Leanda Redcliffe Tri Club
Long course Chamberlain, Joanne None
Long course Chamberlain, Lance
Long course Scoles, Chris Redcliffe Tri Club
Long course Cook, Patricia Redcliffe Tri Club
Long course Crimson, Darrell Reddog Triathlon Training
Long course Cane, Dean RTC
Long course Cane, Mark none
Long course Hunter, Brena Caloundra Triathlon Club
Long course Heaney, Tina Redcliffe
Long course Murphy, Danny Red dog
Long course Berry, Jacqui Caloundra
Long course Eaddy, Julie N/A
Long course Hodgins, Jason nil
Long course Cottrell, Darren Redcliffe triathlon
Long course Hynes, Jake scta
Long course Buckland, Fiona Redcliffe
Long course Cole, Claire Redcliffe
Long course White, Clare Vision Tri Club
Long course Downes, Nick Hervey Bay

Short course Sprott, Nev Redcliffe Tri Club
Short course Shrapnel, Marilyn Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy
Short course Yarde, Mitchell Be Energetic
Short course Lee, James Redcliffe Triathlon Club
Short course Primmer, Ruth South Bank Triathlon Club
Short course Wendt, Debbie Redcliffe
Short course Edwards, Drew 3lements Multi Sport Club
Short course carpenter, clare ipswich
Short course Lambrianides, Louise Redcliffe
Short course Mark, Juliana None
Short course Harris, Annabelle Genesis
Short course Cordon, Michelle South Bank
Short course McAndrew, Josh none
Short course Dodd, Greta South Bank Tri Club
Short course Langton, Jesse Redcliffe Tri Club
Short course Townsley, Anne Redcliffe Tri club
Short course Bensted, Adrian Rtc
Short course Munro, Rachel Red Dog
Short course Leech, Kirstin Martin
Short course Gray, Elliott Sunshine Coast Tri Academy
Short course Roberts, Meg scta
Short course Roberts, Macey scta
Short course Passfield, Sarah none
Short course Heaney, Greg Redcliffe
Short course Bright, Seth Redcliffe
Short course Partridge, Hayley Sheldon
Short course Matthews, Isabelle Pine Rivers Tri Sports Club
Short course Duffy, Connor Sheldon Tri Club
Short course O’Connor, Ed Redcliffe
Short course Mitchell, Amy Pine Rivers Tri Club
Short course Lowe, John Vision Tri Club
Short course Smith, Robert Redcliffe
Short course Marsh, Ryan SCTA
Short course Todd, Brenda Redcliffe Tri Club

RTC update 10.04.15

What a cracker of a weekend over Easter.  It started with lots of rain, continued with bits of rain, and finished with a beautiful Easter Monday with perfect weather.  It was great to see some different faces at the sessions that were offered and I hope you enjoyed trying them out.  As promised last week, back to the Redcliffe race results.

I’ve gone off the results that TQ have and looked only at those who had nominated RTC as their club.  According to those results I think I have this right.  In the Paratri congrats to Mattie Stark in the PT4 who finished 5th.  And to Debbie W in the PT3 who was 1st.  Great work to both of you.  In the Sprint race Elliot was fastest RTC male and Natasha fastest female.  Congrats also to Greg A and Stephen P who won their age groups, Silvers to Elliott S, Ian C and Natasha G, and Bronze to Jeffrey R and Lynn D.  In the Try It Out Callum M was fastest RTC with Rob B picking up a silver.  In the youngest junior age RTC had the trifecta in Sophie, Trista and Cierra.  Great racing girls

To everyone who is racing at the Luke Harrop Race down the Gold Coast.  It looks to be a sensational weekend and we should have quite a few racing.  Again make sure you cheer each other on.

To Nana who is heading to Adelaide this weekend for the National Sprint qual race.

To Mick Riggal who is running in the Paris Marathon this weekend.  Can’t wait to see the photos

Congratulations to those who raced at the Wildhorse Criterium on the weekend.  Perfect trail running weather (wet and muddy) and despite the tough course it was a great time by all.  Well done especially to Sandie and Fiona M who shone brightly in their fluorescent attire. Great work girls!

Friday – 4.45pm Junior Swim / Run NL Pool

Friday – 6pm – Adhoc.  Easy 60 min run from NL Pool

SAT 5.30am Long cycle North Lakes Coffee Club.  If raining keep an eye on FB (Please note that this will start at 6am from the 18th April.

SAT ARVO – Adhoc Open Water Swim at Spot X.  Watch FB for details

SUN – 6 AM Brick Session Suttons Beach – Long Course 6am / Short Course 6.30am

Sun 7am – Junior Open Water Swim + Run Suttons Beach

SUN 4PM – Trail Run Bullocky Rest.  Meet at top carpark ready to run at 4pm.

MON 5.30AM – Swim North Lakes Pool

MON PM – Track session John Oxley Reserve. 4.45pm juniors / 5pm adults

TUES 5.30PM – Swim North Lakes Pool

Wed 5.30am – Swim North Lakes Pool

Wed 4.45pm – Juniors running North Lakes

Wed 6pm – Adult speed run set Murrumba Downs

Thurs 5.15am – Recovery Cycle – (M & M) 35km Red Dog Kallangur

Thurs 4.45pm – Junior Ride / run Criterium track Nundah

Friday 5.30am – Swim North Lakes Pool

Friday 4.45pm – Swim / Run North Lakes Pool

Coffee Club Rides – Meet at the CC at North Lakes (in the shopping centre) at 5.15am ready to ride from 5.30am.  Note we now park at the far end of the carpark.

Juniors (Route as per Gai)

Older juniors – 60km Route as per Gai

F Troop – Usual Loop with the opportunity to step up a group if you would like to try a challenge

A Group – Hamilton Road Loop, shorncliffe, Sandgate and home via the waterfront at Redcliffe

B Group – Hamilton Road missing Shorncliffe but doing Sandgate and home via the waterfront

C Group – Usual Loop

Well done to those who are participating in the April 2015 #‎RTC150 Challenge. This month it is all about the run, with the goal being to run (or walk) 150km in April. Easy for some, but harder for others…. It’s not too late to join, and even if you won’t make 150 challenge yourself to run further than you normally do. Each time you run/ walk for exercise, please put your totals up for all to see.  If you are looking for running buddies, how about advertising the details of your run on fb, and who knows, you may get some mates to run with you.

This months challenge comes with 2 prizes. These are $50.00 vouchers from Rebel sport and is a part of the Rebel community clubs program that everyone can join and help the club earn store credits to go towards prizes like this. The prizes will be drawn at random, however you must complete the challenge to qualify.


Moreton Bay Grand Prix (Saturday 1st August 2015)

Lakeside International Raceway,  Lakeside Road, Kurwongbah, 4503

 Race Details:
10AM  Lakeside Raceway gates open and registration for all events at 10.00 am
11am:  Short course registration & numbering closes
11.15am Short course briefing and race start
NB: Short course participants can remove bikes before commencement of long course event
12.15pm  7-11 year old briefing and race start
1.15pm  Long course briefing and race start
3pm Presentations and random draw prizes
All finished by 4.00 pm

Categories: For everyone aged 7yrs and up including teams.  There is also the Enduro which combines the times from the short and long course (yes on the same day).  It is a great event so don’t miss out.  Sign up now.  Please share the links with other friends you have cause we would love to see as many as possible there on the day.

Enter at:

For more information contact:  James Johnston,

While on the subject of running the cross country season has started.  If you want a race most Saturday afternoons then turn up the cross country and choose your distance (or do all the races) from 500m to 8k and run.  It is great training and racing and makes your running much stronger.  For details go to

Don’t forget if you intend to do this to enter now. You don’t want to miss out.  RTC also provides support at 2 water stations on the course so if you (or your friends / family) could help out for the morning at that then please let us know.  Louise L has agreed to be head of the cheer squad so let her know if you are able to help out.  She is guaranteed to help you thoroughly enjoy your morning.  Contact her at   If you have any questions regarding entering the race then Mary No 3 is the one to ask – Mary Shaw – 0405 060 440

It’s coming closer and closer and good luck to the 20+ RTC members who are competing.  The start list is not out yet but we think racing (in no particular order) we have Scott D, Panda, Michael G, Benita, Cougs, Scratcha, Dackie, Paul S, Radish, Marty, Clive, Chris H, Yvonne B, Carl, Fiona B, Rhys, Parko, Colby, Tim, Nathan W, Lee P and Craig L.  There is still a question mark over a couple of others who I don’t know for sure are or aren’t racing so if you are, and you aren’t on this list, let us know and we can add you.

For those who are racing, can you please make sure you have marked Redcliffe Tri Club as your nominated club if that is the club you are racing for.  We have registered RTC on the IM club challenge list so make sure you have nominated them also.  Nominating RTC carries over from Port Mac Ironman into all the other IM races this season and points accumulate for both yourself and for your club.  You are the only one that can change that data.

Also as part of RTC tradition there will be a good luck / congratulations dinner for everyone racing IM in the first half of 2015. There will be an arvo tea / early dinner on Sunday 19th April.  This will be a dinner to celebrate not only those racing at Port Mac, but those who did NZ, Melbourne and who will be doing Cairns as well.  Family and friends invited.  Come and wish everyone good luck, and share your stories and tips for racing with the team. Venue tba and if any preferences let us know.

A heads up that cycling will return to 6am from Saturday week (18th April). This means we will be at the CC at 5.50am ready to roll out right on 6am.  Don’t forget your lights and gear to stay warm.   This week though is at 5.30am.

Swimming will remain at 5.30am and 5.30pm for winter which is fantastic.  A huge thankyou to North Lakes pool for doing this.

Spot X has one more Wed am session (until later in the year).  That will also be at 5.30am 15th April.  We will pick up a few early Friday arvo / Sat arvo open water swim sessions over winter.

For Junior time-table changes keep an eye on your emails from Gai

If you want any Endura products please let Radish know by Sunday night as the order will be going in on Monday morning.  You can contact him via the Endura page on the RTC website.

11th April – Spot X OWS + Run
12th April –Brick Session Short and Long course / Luke Harrop Tri GC
18th April – Pinnacle Trail run
19th April – Dirt and Dust triathlon / Gatorade Raby Bay / TRE-X training session (tba)
19th April – Ironman Arvo Tea / Dinner.  Venue TBA
25th April – Spot X OWS + Run 5.30am
2nd May – Tre_ X State Champs
3rd May – Port Macquarie Ironman
14th June – Ironman Cairns / 70.3 Cairns
5th July – Gold Coast Mara Festival

If you have any questions about the weekly update just contact me on 0409 002 082 or via email

If you have any questions regarding coaching please contact GB at  If you have any questions regarding general club chit chat contact James at

Have a great weekend and coming week everyone.  It looks like the cooler weather has started so make sure you stay warm in those early, crisp mornings. 


The Runner’s Inner Cheetah

Smell the finish line. Have fun.

The phone call came last November.
Marie-Josee Legault, a friend of a friend, asked if I’d give a presentation to her youth running group, the Little Pre Club, as inspiration for an upcoming Junior Olympic cross country race to be held on the fabled Mt. SAC course.

“Just a quick talk,” she said. “And then you can lead them through a workout.”

I was busy and under pressure. On deadline for a Running Times article. Taking meetings with publishers for a running book proposal. Scrambling to assemble a championship-caliber Cal Coast masters squad for the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships.

“I completely understand,” she said. Then offered three dates and said, “Pick one.”

I hadn’t coached kids for years – 27 years to be exact – and then for only one single YMCA summer track camp. I decided to do some research.
“Little Pre stands for the small version of the great Steve Prefontaine,” read the club’s newsletter, “who inspired many runners in the ’70s [and was] known for his determination, drive, talent, courage and heart, just like all of you.”

So the Little Pre runners were tough and driven. But the thing I remembered from that summer YMCA camp was kids’ impatience. Their tendency to sprint off the line. I decided to talk about pacing and restraint and designed a workout that required both: a long jog, drills, fartlek (1 minute on, 1 minute off), and shuttle relays as the cherry on top.

We met in Pasadena’s Victory Park. Me and 20 Little Pre runners. “Youth” wasn’t the half of it. A few had blown out five candles on their last birthday cakes. None was older than 10. Wide eyes. Twitchy feet. Oozing adrenaline like trees bleeding sap.

“The first thing you need to know about training,” I said, “is that slower is faster. Incremental steps will help you achieve your race goals faster than . . .”
Isabel, the tallest of the Little Pre members, broke eye contact. Others followed her lead, whispering while their hands kneaded invisible clay. Kember, the group’s best runner, struggled to stay interested, but it hurt his face. Less than a minute in, and I was dying.

“Hey,” I said, changing strategy, “who can name the fastest animal in the world?”

“A bird!” said Kember, his face relaxing.

“No, not a bird,” I said, then realized he was right. I hadn’t specified leg speed. And peregrine falcons dive at 240 miles per hour. “Well, yes, they are, but I meant running.”

“A wildebeest!” said one Little Pre.

“A buffalo!” said another.

“A cheetah,” I said. “A cheetah runs 75 miles per hour, but it can only last a quarter mile.” The kids’ mouths made big O’s.
“Now, who can name the best distance-running animal on the planet?”

“A buffalo!” said the one kid again.

“Humans,” I said. “We’re the greatest distance runners on Earth. So when you run distance, don’t be a cheetah, be a human.” Then I raised my finger, signaling the great secret I was about to reveal. “Except when you smell the finish line. When you smell the finish line, sprint like a cheetah!”
I had them now.

“So practice being human,” I said, “and start jogging.”

It went well at first. But by 5 minutes, Kember, Max, Paolo and Finnley grew antsy up front. And Milla, Charlotte and Rhea grew bored at the rear. I was losing them again.

“Enough being human,” I said. And skipped the drills and fartlek. “Let’s practice smelling the finish line!”
We ran three sets of shuttle relays. The kids laughed and cheered.

And I realized that I wasn’t there to teach them about patience and pacing. I was there to remember why I’ve spent my life running. That my love of the sport was born in the games of childhood and the sheer joy of movement and exhaustion – that it had little to do with the wise counsel of magazine articles, running books and coaches.

We are human, and we are the greatest endurance runners on Earth. But that’s not why we run. Not really. We run to smell the finish line. To gorge on the visceral rush of that final frantic sprint to exhaustion, that moment of release when we free our inner cheetah.

Running isn’t about being busy and serious; it’s about having fun.

Pete Magill holds five American age-group records and is the oldest American to break 15:00 for 5K, running 14:45 a few months before his 50th birthday.

RTC Weekly update

HI all,

October already. How did that happen?? This year is flying by and the triathlon season is about to go crazy. Just a reminder in case you wanted to know:

10 sleeps till the TQ Olympic Distance Race

17 sleeps till Gatorade 1 and Port Mac 70.3

24 sleeps till Bribie 1

31 sleeps till Noosa

38 sleeps till the All Schools Race at Kawana

And the list goes on….


Well done to the 35ish who came up to Noosa for the second of the Noosa Brick sessions last Sunday. It was awesome to swim / bike and run the course with such a keen group of athletes and see them work through their fears about different parts of the course. Thanks to the coaches for giving up their time and helping out and thanks to the 3 water safety we had who paddled alongside in the river. Great morning followed by an awesome breakfast and then home for a nap. Life doesn’t get much better than that.

The last of the pre Noosa bricks is on Sunday 19th October for your last chance to try out different sections of the course. F troop will be heading up on Sat 11th October if that suits you better. More details next week.


Well done the RTC juniors who attended the jnr development camp at Runaway Bay on Thurs through to Saturday. It was a busy but very informative few days and I had the privilege of spending time not only with RTC athletes, but with 96 athletes and 25 coaches from squads all over queensland. The behaviour and manners from the RTC athletes was exceptional and they were a credit to their families and to the club. Well done juniors and well done to TQ for putting on such an initiative.


The next race in the State Series is Sunday week but online registrations close at 11:59PM on Sunday the 5th of October 2014.To register online go to the triathlon qld home page and follow the links.

Late entries will be available online from Monday 6th October to Midday Wednesday 8th October or until all allocations exhausted, however late fees will apply. It will be great to see heaps of RTC athletes competing over the weekend. The Junior Draft Legal races are on Saturday afternoon and the beginner / short and OD races on Sunday.


Don’t forget to read the email update you received from el presidente on Tuesday morning as it contains important information about the upcoming OD race, and an upcoming Open Day at NL Pool amongst other things.

Breaking news concerning the pool open day on Saturday 11th Oct. If you are thinking of buying a new bike anytime soon, Avantiplus North Brisbane are looking for two RTC members to hang out at their tent during the morning and in return they will give you an extra special deal on your new bike. Contact Jerrod if this interests you at


The beginners course is almost half way through but it’s not too late to join in some sessions. The next brick session for you is this Sunday morning 6.30am at Suttons Beach alongside the Short and Long course athletes. All are welcome to join in. We will look at Open Water Swim skills, transition skills and practice a few small tri’s.

Bring your togs, bike and running shoes (and anything else you think you may need. For this beginners course you don’t have to be a RTC or TQ member. When you contact us we will give you a code to register with TA and that will give you insurance coverage just for the 7 weeks. Come and tri it out and bring your friends along also.

For further details on this session usually you would contact Dave directly on 0420 363 660 or on email however he is away in Bali for a week so contact Mary on 0409 002 082 or


Gai is away enjoying some rest and recovery with the family so juniors are welcome to join in with any adult session for this week. Check your weekly update for details of all of your sessions.


Back by popular demand there will be a 15min core session prior to swimming Wed and Friday mornings at the park opposite North Lakes Pool. Kirstin will take this session and it will be free. A great opportunity to do that extra bit of core work to get stronger. You will need a towel and mosquito spray. Starts just after 5am.


The Thurs arvo crit track sessions have started again at 4.30pm at the Nundah Crit Track – Hedley Avenue, Nundah. This session is suitable for juniors and adults and all are welcome.


Saturday 4th Oct – 6am Long cycle – Leave the carpark opposite the Coffee Club at North Lakes at 6am. Be there at 5.45am to be organised. Routes later in the email.

Sunday 5th Oct – Brick sessions at Suttons Beach at 6.30am. All welcome – juniors / adults / beginners / experienced / short course and long course. There is something for everyone.

Sunday 5th Oct 4pm Trail Run Bullocky Rest. Meet at the top carpark ready to leave at 4pm. Out and back course which suits all abilities.

Monday 6th Oct – Pool Swim North Lakes Pool 5.30am.

Monday 6th Oct – Both juniors and adults are doing an Open Water Swim at Suttons Beach starting at 7am (not 6.30am as written in the jnr update). Everyone is welcome and we will go over open water skills including sighting, group swimming, drafting, swimming around buoys etc. There will still be a pool session at 5.30am focussing on Stroke Correction.  You are most welcome to bring your shoes and do a run after the swim.


Don’t forget the Bribie series has opened and you can enter now. Go to to enter or for more details.


5th Oct – Brick Suttons Beach 6.30am

8th Oct RTC Committee meeting

11th Oct – Hawaii IM / F Troop Noosa Brick

12th Oct – TQ OD Race Redcliffe / Toowoomba Marathon / Colour Run

19th Oct – Port Mac 70.3 / Bris – Gold Coast Cycle / Gatorade 1 / Noosa Brick + Beg brick

25 – 26th Oct – Bribie 1 / Bloody Long Walk

2nd Nov – Noosa Tri

8th Nov – Open Water Swim + Run Spot X (Petrie Paper Mill)

9th Nov – All Schools Triathlon Kawana (States qualifier for Juniors)

16th Nov – Brick Session / Gatorade 2

23rd Nov – Hervey Bay 100 / Kingscliffe Triathlon

29th Nov – Open Water Swim + Run Spot X

30th Nov – Tri Pink Sun Coast

6-7 Dec – Bribie 2

7th Dec – Busso IM, Gatorade Raby Bay

SATURDAY RIDES ( time to get back into the hills)

Ride A: 100 / 80km Toorbul. Head out to Toorbul via Morayfield / Caboolture. Do some TT efforts (depending on your program) and return the way you came.

Group B: Same as group A but at a slower pace and will miss the TT.

Ride C : 60km. Winn Rd and back. Gentle rolling hills is a great way to get into some hill riding.

Ride D: 50 – 60km Normal Loop the normal way. Option to return home via Elizabeth Ave.

F Troop Ride: 40km + park run North Lakes. There is a small group leaving at 5.30am to get some km’s up before return to the Coffee Club ready to pick up the other riders at 6am. Short ride finishing at the Park Run at 6.50 ready for a 7am start. After run breakky at the Coffee Club.


Don’t forget you must be a financial member of Triathlon Australia (TQ), or be a member of Cycling Qld , Cycling Australia or in our beginner program to come riding on a Saturday morning with us. Any calls phone 0409002082 or email James

Ride Etiquette: A REMINDER FOR ALL RIDERS OF SOME OF THE FINER POINTS OF GROUP RIDING (in case you missed it last week)

Just a reminder that if you are riding in the group you must never be more than 2 abreast at any stage. And by 2 abreast we mean that you should be able to touch the person beside you with your arm outstretched, not just wave at them. This takes practice but is really important in a group setting. This is especially noticeable when you stop at lights and everyone pulls up beside each other causing the group to sometimes be 4-5 wide until the light turns green. Limit it to 2 wide.

When riding 2 abreast do not overlap / underlap wheels. Ride directly behind the person in front and trust them to call what is happening. You don’t have to be right up on their wheel if you don’t feel comfortable there, but don’t sit out to the side of them as it makes for a messy group which becomes a danger especially with cars.

No TT bars when in the pack. You are able to use your TT bars / aero bars if you are on the front of the group or riding solo behind the back, but when you are riding in the group you need to be on your handle bars so you can reach your brakes quickly should you need to.

The front of the group will call out obstacles eg glass, rubbish, parked cars etc and it is the responsibility of all the riders behind them to make sure the message gets all the way to the back of the group. The middle part are the important messengers to keep everyone at the back safe. The back of the group call out what is coming from behind eg car / bus and again the middle of the group need to pass that message up the group to the front.

Mobile phones are not to be used while riding. Not only is this rude and dangerous, it is also against the law. Stop to answer your phone but if you are going to do that, don’t make the rest of the group wait while you chat. Obviously urgent calls are the exception.

No ear phones, ipods or other devices in your ears (hearing aids and earrings excepted). This is a Safety issue and then you also can’t hear me sing to you.

If you intend to turn around early make sure the group leader knows beforehand so they aren’t waiting and waiting for you to arrive only to learn that you have gone.

When taking your turn at the front of the group, don’t speed up. Keep the same consistant pace. Don’t ride off the front of the group (this is also poor group etiquette) and check occasionally to see you haven’t dropped the group. Try and spread out taking turns at the front amongst the whole group so everyone learns what to do. Put the newer / less experienced riders next to someone who is experienced and teach them what to do. Experienced riders don’t be afraid to talk to the newer riders in the group, especially if you see them doing something wrong. It is not just up to the coaches to comment but if you see something on the ride you are on, then deal with it nicely and straight away. We all need constructive comments at times.

Endura orders

Radish is placing the next order this week to be available by the Moreton Bay Tri. Orders need to be placed on the club website by Tuesday please at

Okay I think that is all. As always if you have any questions about up coming events or training please don’t hesitate to contact us and we can help you out. Either contact GB (director of coaching) at or myself as per details below.

Have a great night and a great long weekend everyone. We have quite a few camping so enjoy your rest and relaxation.

Mary Jackson 

0409 002 082

RTC Duathlon this Saturday

Hi all,

Our club race, the Moreton Bay Grand Prix is only four days away and it’s looking to be a great day of fun and challenging racing. The weather prediction is for a perfect racing temperature of 22 and for showers after we all go home, so that will be awesome.

The day will start  at 10.30 for anyone who can come early and help us set up the race track and transition. Registration will open at 11.00 and racing will kick off at 12.30. There is a cafe at Lakeside Raceway for all your food and drinks during the day.

Fabian, aka Pix is going to be our race announcer. You might remember Pix as the MC at last year’s presentation night and luckily Pix has not changed his mobile number so feel free to text or call if you would like a shout-out during the race.

There will also be a few companies attending and showing us their gear. Avantiplus North Brisbane will have a bike mechanic for any last minute repairs plus they are bringing some super specials with them. Phil and The Run Inn will also set up a little shop with some great priced gear. Tim from Yakima will also be showing off their latest car and bike racks, which I use and have not lost a bike yet. Nick from Skin Strong will have a stand showing and selling  his products and will also be racing with us.

Race numbers are looking great with over 90 entered so far. I’m guessing most of you are waiting a bit closer to Saturday to enter as there are only 35 RTC members entered so far out of 340 in the club. It would be great if you could enter in the next day or so to give me a better idea on how much stuff I need to buy and bring on Saturday  please. Enter here.

As always, feel free to call or email with any club or race related questions.


0412 172 996