Recently, a devoted group of local triathletes converged on the nations capital to compete in the Canberra Ironman 70.3 triathlon.
The course included a 1.9km swim in Lake Burley Griffin, followed by a 90km cycle (which included 3 x 30km laps through Coppers Crossing Hill), and a half marathon (21.1km) run around the shores of the lake.
James Lukassen lead the way with a blistering 4:29:27, placing 34th overall and eighth in the male 30-34 division.
James’ mother, Lisa Lukassen showed everyone where James gets his competitive genes from, completing her first half ironman distance in a time of 5:48:56 (seventh 45-49 ladies division).
This included a red hot run time of 1:45:29.
Other locals also competed and achieved some solid results.
Grant Regan 5:28:47. Grant's transition training payed off, saving valuable minutes.
Sean Southwood 6:16:49 which is a great result as Southwood had limited training leading into the event.
David Dwyer 5:39:33 to finish 35th in the 40-45 men’s division.
Dwyer showed a lot of determination , completing the last 3km of the run with a torn achilles.
Simon Byrne 5:54:27 (45th 45-49M).
Simon ran straight to the surf boat after the race and is currently competing in the George Bass Surfboat Marathon, from Batemans Bay to Eden.
With five of the six local triathletes competing at this distance for the first time, everyone should be very proud of their efforts.