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On the Ground - Destination Cairns 2019
At this year’s Ironman Cairns, T:Zero Multisport stepped things up a notch with Destination Cairns – bringing together T:Zero athletes and supporters to share a unique experience and get the most out of what was to be a fantastic weekend.
To kick things off on Friday night, we had a sit down three-course dinner at our long time Cairns athlete and hosts-with-the-mosts - ‘The Sager’s’ place. We had one of our very own athletes (former Master Chef Portugal contestant and recent Ultraman finisher) - Luis Fernandes - make the journey up to lay down a mighty fine feast for everyone to enjoy. Previous event winner (and eventual Ironman Cairns 2019 podium finisher and Kona qualifier) David Dellow joined us to talk about his racing history and share some Ironman Cairns course tips.
Our athletes left the dinner that night feeling full and ready for Sunday, not to mention geared up with a Cairns sponsor’s pack complete with an exclusive t-shirt and sponsor goodies including EnerC electrolyte sachets, Clif bars, gels and bloks, and Zen Spray.
Day 2 saw T:Zero athletes heading north to Palm Cove for bike tracking, bag drop offs and swim course recon. Coach Scotty positioned himself at T1 to lend a hand calming pre-race nerves and offer last minute tips. The overall demeanour of our athletes was a really positive reflection of how well their respective T:Zero coaches had prepared them.
At dawn on Sunday morning Coaches Scotty and Monique, as well as a host of T:Zero supporters, stationed themselves at Palm Cove to watch all the athletes as they prepared for the start of their race. As always, it was electric out at race start and it was great to see so many smiling faces amongst a sea of nerves and excitement.
The T:Zero tent was set up in town on Cairns Esplanade. As the day progressed, many visitors and supporters visited. In typical Cairns fashion, the weather (wind!) was wild on race day, but we didn’t let this dampen our spirits! From dawn until midnight, athletes, coaches and supporters were sporting smiles (mostly) through the ups and downs of long course racing.
We pride ourselves on our culture at T:Zero. As always, there was a camaraderie and spirit free from ego and judgement. Everyone went to Cairns with their own goals and levels of experience and they were met with a strong sense of equal accomplishment. It was so awesome to watch our athletes out there giving it their all, executing their plans and getting the most out of the experience. There is no such thing as an easy Ironman, and certainly no such thing as a smooth day either. From whatever perspective you view it, it’s all about endurance.
We finished the weekend off with a casual race debrief at the coffee shop on Monday morning, before catching our respective flights home.
For a small group of committed individuals, it was great to see everyone come together and share in the experience of Cairns Ironman. We all lead busy lives and for the most part, the majority of T:Zero athletes train solo. So when we come together, it’s extra special and super nice to create that sense of community through some face-to-face human interaction.
The next big event coming up for T:Zero will be the Sunshine Coast Ironman 70.3 (September 8th) before a host of further 70.3 and Ironman events scattered all across the globe.
We will be sure to get the team together for a coffee and a catch up pre-race at the Sunshine Coast Ironman 70.3 and will have a strong presence both on course and in the supporter’s tent! Hopefully we will see you there for another round of fun!
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