Founder of IRONMUMS Naomi Wood (aka NAC Wood) challenged herself in more ways than one when she took on the Elite Energy AAA Triathlon recently. This race took place on the 10th of March and was self supported and crewed. We touch base with Naomi's dad Marcus. Marcus was one of Naomi's handlers on the day and played a large part in the race that unfolded. Take it away Marcus......
Months of planning went into the quest to participate in the 3 km swim, 113 km cycle and a 22 km run leg to the top of Mount Kosciusko and return to Charlotte Pass Village to take the chequed flag.
The preparation comprised of training for the three disciplines over many months prior to arriving at Jindabyne in the Snowy Mountains. In the weeks leading up to the event some people in the bike riding fraternity asked me about my thoughts on Naomi riding her time trial bike in these mountainous conditions and would it be a disadvantage. I spoke to Naomi in the lead up to the event and she assured me she had chosen correctly. The suggestions from the biking fraternity were about to be discredited the next day.
On Friday afternoon prior to the event the participants were greeted with great autumn sunshine and no wind. The race briefing was conducted with valuable tips given out by the race organisers. Numbers and instructions were handed out to the nervous group of athletes. The Wood’s usual Friday night meal of fish and chips was ordered and on returning to the weekend accommodation apartment it was consumed.
I watched as Naomi then commenced her final preparation measuring all sorts of powders and fluids into containers to assist her with the event on the Saturday. I was asked to decorate the support vehicle with required signage which I did. An early night was had by all.
The alarm at 5.30am broke the stillness around the unit and the Woodlings cheer squad made up of Dallas, Scarlett May and Tilly, and handlers Cameron, Michelle and myself slowly sprang into action for the big day ahead. Breakfast was served and eaten and then the equipment was loaded into the support vehicle displaying the appropriate stickers front and rear. Number 31 was proudly exhibited for all to see as it was Naomi’s race number. The bike was loaded and off to the transition area to
commence the event.
On arrival the lake water was calm and invigorating; the sun was rising into a cloudless sky. The air was cool with no wind. The entrants, all 31 of them, were in final preparation mode. Wet suits where worn by all. A modest crowd of well-wishers and supporters were also in attendance to send the athletes off into their self-imposed torture.
The 7am call was made by the race starter and the swim leg of three laps around buoys in Lake Jindabyne commenced. During the second lap the field began to string out and after the third lap Naomi emerged from the water looking quite excited about her swim which resulted in her being in the top third of the field and second female. Husband Cameron dried Naomi off whilst the three Woodlings cheer squad made plenty of noise in support of their mum.
Naomi did not take too long in transition and soon she was onto her bike which saw her ride off towards the first of many hills on the way to the Alpine Way to pass through Thredbo and return for the first stage of the bike leg and then to the second stage to Charlotte Pass. The support crew gathered Naomi