The Hell of the West is staged in Goondiwindi each year and is billed as one of Australia’s toughest triathlons. This 27th edition saw 7 members and friends of the Maranoa Triathlon and Multisport club combine to enter 3 teams and tackle this iconic event. It was great to have 3 new participants travelling to have their first Hell of the West experience and trips away like this are great to build team and club spirit and comradery. The teams were:
Very Last Minute – Myself (swim & ride), Tahnee Duff (run)
Giving it a tri – Tiffany Dahl (swim), Melissa Caletti (ride), Nina Challis (run)
Mums on a Mission – Tahnee Duff (swim), Bec Gray (ride), Jane Lincoln (run)
The weather gods were kind to us with milder temperatures than experienced over recent years.
The event starts with a 2km swim on day break in the McIntyre River. With so many people in the water the trick is to find your own space as quick as possible and get into a rhythm. Tahnee blitzed the swim and was first into transition, Mick felt good and recorded his fastest swim split of his 3 HOTW swims to date, Tiff also beat her time from last year.
The ride is next up and is a flat 80km course along the Barwon Hwy towards St George. It was definitely a tale of 2 halves this year with a fast 40km out of town with a nice tailwind to assist however a ‘hellish’ 40km return journey pushing into a stiff headwind the entire way home. Bec redeemed herself after suffering a puncture last year and Melissa loved it so much she is already wanting to sign up for 2019.
The run is the last leg and is 20km made up of 3 loops. It is a great course for spectators to cheer on the runners as they regularly pass by. By the third lap the temperature was starting to heat up and became a true test of endurance. Jane literally gave her all with both she and Nina finishing with exactly the same time and under 5m/km pace which is fantastic. Tahnee wasn’t far behind and took about 10min of her last years run!
Afterwards you get to enjoy a cool down in the town pool before traversing the merchandise and food stalls strewn throughout the main park, soaking up the atmosphere and cheering on the competitors still yet top finish – regardless of whether you know them or not, Triathletes are just like that!
The Maranoa Triathlon and Multisport club regularly travel and compete at events of varying distances and disciplines throughout QLD and interstate. If you are interested in getting involved, either as a member or sponsor please get in touch via email or Facebook.