Team GSA in Fitness First Annual Corporate Triathlon
Published on 15/04/2014 Group GSA
Sunday’s annual Sydney Fitness First Corporate Triathlon was a triumphant success for the stellar team of Triathletes GSA put together for 2014. Overcoming all that the forces of Mother Nature could muster, TEAM GSA managed to more than hold their own against the stiff competition that had gathered on Mrs Macquarie’s Point early Sunday Morning.
From a sleepy start Team GSA, calm and composed, prepared themselves for the battle ahead as the sun rose over 80 William St. Making the short trip north through the Domain to the venue, the heavy wind and rain quickly brought all to their senses. Team GSA took shelter under a sprawling fig tree, huddling together for the impending race as the elements battered down. Wishing he had have brought a spare pair of clothes a scantily clad David Cullen was as ready as ever in his speedos waiting for his race to get underway.
With staggered starts, GSA’s first 3 competitors took to the water by 9.10. Making their Triathlon debuts David Cullen and Will Morris were joined by Rochelle Green in an epic showdown of the human spirit. With a cracking start David ‘Phelps’ Cullen was quickly out of the water in just 5. 47 mins, and into the transition zone. However found casually folding his towel and tying his laces, David was soon joined by his team mates. The 8k cycle was a test of nerve for all three, however the toughest was yet to come with the 3k run to close it out.
Not far behind were GSA’s other 6 competitors who set off in the following wave soon after. Despite getting disorientated along the way Tim Field burst out of the water in under 5 mins, to start the next leg of his race, followed closely by other strong performances in the water from Jarred Phillips and Francisco Espinosa. Closing the gap Jean-Baptiste Authelet put in a cracking effort on two wheels, clocking in under 13 mins for the cycle. Putting Mark Sheldon’s carbon fibre bike to the ultimate test, unconfirmed reports of 50 km/h + speeds from Lucian Gormley were rumoured as he opened up on the final straight, hurtling into the transition zone for his final 3k run. Daisuke Jepsen finished strongly as well, closing out the race with an impressive 14.23 time in the run.
A tremendous effort by all, and a special mention to Tim for his outstanding overall time of 37.14 . Thank you Jess for all the organization behind the scenes. Bring on 2015!