The Quackers love to run. Our beautiful logo says so, so it must be true. Perhaps Team Huey, Dewey and Louie along with all of Team Quackers are related to the Indian Runner Duck.
I’m not sure but I think I can see a similarity in style. What do you think?
But did you know that Quackers love to swim and bike as well as run? No, neither did I until this weekend.
Saturday saw Janette (Daisy) and Louise (Louie) along with some young Deloraine Duckies line up for their first ever triathlon at the Women’s Only Tri event. Then today saw Pauly (Huey) line up for his triathlon with the Launceston Triathlon Club. And the Unsporty Woman, known as Dewey in our Duckie team, well she decided to tri on both days! What a weekend of wet suit washing, gear packing and unpacking, tyre pumping, goggle tightening, oh and a bit of shoe lace knotting as well. The Quackers have formed a new sub-team known as the Tri Hard Ducks.
While the Indian Runner Duck runs beautifully I wonder if they can swim? The swimming for the Tri Hard Ducks was an interesting leg of the tri. One doggie paddled. A couple breast stroked. Some looked anxiously off into the distance at that buoy we were swimming to and wondered if they would ever get there. Another decided to chat to the lifesaver on his surfboard while doing freestyle Hello (swim, breathe, swim) I’m a bit slow (swim, breathe, swim) sorry. I will let you guess who did what.
Janette often says this is the fourth discipline of triathlon. While this weekend was her first ever, she has volunteered at many and supported Bruce who is an experienced triathlete. Transition was the funniest part of both days!
One Quacker zoomed in and then sped off on the ride forgetting to do something important. A couple of Quackers did their best Houdini impersonation while struggling to free themselves from the rubbery trap that is commonly known as a wet suit. One Quacker looked like they needed to learn how to tie shoe laces. How long does it take to put a pair of shoes on for goodness sake??? Obviously a rather long time!
This was pretty uneventful apart from the chain on one Quacker bike deciding to come off just as they began. Not to worry this little duck pedaled like a champion and was soon passing other participants like they were standing still. Oh my goodness. With just over 70 novice triathltetes at the Women’s Only Tri on Saturday there were many on mountain bikes. I am afraid to say that one Quacker, thanks to the speedy borrowed road bike, mowed down ladies on mountain bikes like they were parked. They didn’t know they could be so competitive (ooops, it wasn’t a day for that but they couldn’t help themselves). One Quacker however pedaled along like she was off to a picnic. The only thing missing was a basket out the front complete with blanket, bunch of flowers and a bread stick. Another Quacker who participated in the Super Sprint today got a little hot with a wet suit on (see photo above).
Run (2kms on Saturday and 2.5kms on Sunday)
This was tough. Three of the Quackers plodded along longing for the finish. One Quacker got off her bike and went mental! Happy to be back in her native environment (a definite sign that she is part Indian Runner Duck) she flew out of transition and overtook many runners. She was 3rd runner by time over all.
All up the Quackers had a great time and did a great job at both events this weekend. There was huge anxiety in the nest about the swim and the cycle. I’m so proud of everyone because they didn’t let this fear stop them from having a go. The Women’s Only Tri was all about getting women to have a go at a tri in a safe, friendly and non-competitive environment. It was about celebrating the finish line not the finish time. We are, however totally stoked with where we finished.
Results from Saturday, Sunday’s results aren’t out yet
While it didn’t go as Pauly had hoped for his first tri, he finished too.
It is necessary to mention that last weekend Louie and Pauly ran a 64km Ultra Marathon and here they are this weekend lining up for a triathlon. Ultra Marathoner one weekend, Triathlete the next!
Go the Quackers! What a mixed bag of abilities and pace we are, but we are all team members and all thrive on supporting each other. This weekend is proof that age is only a number. We range in age from mid 40 to nearly 60 and yet here we are doing something completely new and out of our comfort zones. I don’t say this to pump ourselves up, I say this by way of encouragement. If ever you get the opportunity to try something new in a supported environment like we lady Quackers did on Sunday, go for it! There was so much laughter and encouragement. This video really sums it up. Listen for the little voice in the background encouraging mum while having a giggle at some of the Quackers running. If we can do these things then anyone can!
And on Sunday the Super Sprint event was all about having a go too, there were guest Australian elite athletes there today doing a longer event at the same time. They made some of us look like statues and yet they cheered and supported as much as everyone else. Don’t be shy. If you are curious, give it a go!
We celebrated on Saturday with some pink bubbles at the finish and were featured on the Women’s Only Tri Instagram.
Go the Quackers, we did it. We are triathletes. What a weekend!
Happy running 🙂