Eurocoast Triathlon Club member Ivo Ahlquist coped with a late change to the running of the Proximity Triathlon held on Saturday, February 9, in Canberra to finish fourth in his age group.
Due to a Blue-Green algae bloom in Lake Burley Griffin, the swim leg of the triathlon was cancelled, as the National Capital Authority cancelled “primary contact” in the lake, which includes swimming and bathing.
As a result, race organisers Elite Energy reconfigured the event into a run-bike-run competition. In Ivo’s case, this meant a five-kilometre run, followed by a 40-kilometre bike leg, and finishing with a 10-kilometre run.
This is slightly different to the usual Olympic format of a 1.5-kilometre swim, 40-kilometre bike leg, and 10-kilometre run.
Ivo finished fourth in his age group, and 30th overall out of 173 finishes. He completed the course in a time of two hours, 12 minutes, and 14 seconds.
He completed the first run leg in 21:02, the bike leg in 1:05:03, and the second run leg in 43:40.
Ivo placed third after the first run leg, but a slower first transition and cycle leg dropped him into fourth place, which he held until the finish.
The next race that will attract entrants from the Eurocoast Triathlon Club is the Husky Long Course Festival.