TreX Cross Triathlon - 27 October 2018

TreX Cross Triathlon is an emerging sport that is combining adventure racing and triathlon. TreX Cross Triathlon challenges its participants to get off road and last weekend it provided the ultimate challenge for our Tri-ActiV8 athletes. This race also doubled as the QLD State Championships and attracted roughly 160 competitors to compete in a number of course options. Courses on offer were the Standard & Sprint distances for Triathlon, Duathlon and an emerging category - Aquabike.  All ages were catered for and there something for everyone.  Ewen Maddock Dam surrounded by subtropical ferny forest was the perfect back-drop for the event.  


Nikki, Cara, Jose and Kelly raced in the Standard Distance Triathlon category which included an 1000m swim, 19km MTB and 7km trail run. Kicking off with the swim, the course was 2 X 500m laps of the dam, with a short run separating the start of the 2nd lap. Athletes then set-off through a well marked MTB course through flowing trails and pinchy fire-roads that allowed for quick overtaking.  The 19km bike leg included 2 laps of the trails with athletes completing a U-Turn back at transition. Once off the bike and through transition to the run, athletes had 2 loops of the run course passing by transition several times through-out the 3.5km loop (athletes were never too far from race HQ).  The run was the highlight with a combination of technical terrain with weaving and ducking through tight trail and muddy floors. Giant curious goannas kept us entertained as they ran through the leafy forest beneath our feet.  

Our Tri-ActiV8 athletes had a strong race and came home with two podium finishes – Kelly 3rd 35-39 Females and coach Nikki 2nd 40-44 Females. Cara and Jose produced stellar efforts, both just shy of the podium, placing 4th in their respective categories.

Well done to In2Adventure for turning on a well-organised professional event.  From registration through to race logistics of navigation, course markings and marshals on course, to finishing off with wood-fired pizzas and cold-frappes.  Our athletes all highly rate this event and will be back for more in 2019 – 27 April to be exact... this time followed up with the Sunshine Coast MTB Festival on the 28 April.  A longer stay next time is a must!  

Nikki Giles
How stress can impact your performance!

You are in the final week off an incredible journey of physical, mental and personal growth. You set a goal that not many would even begin to think about.   You have taken the time to trust your coach, trust your body and trust your SELF that you can achieve a 70.3 Ironman. 

As you approach race day you may be or have experienced an increase in stress that can present itself in many ways for example, feeling more overwhelmed, anxious, angry, or sad than normal.  It can also impact how well you sleep, what you eat, and even how you train.  You may have noticed those around you acting differently than normal and questioned if you have upset them or done something wrong…

The thing with stress is our mind/brain perceives that goal as a threat to our safety and our primitive instincts kick in (monkey brain, reptilian brain).  What does this mean?  Our mind tells us all sorts of stories, reacts in ways that see things as a danger (negative) and creates a heap of unhelpful thoughts, feelings and obviously these things impact how we behave.

Ok so before your primitive brain runs off too far with this I can tell you that it’s completely normal!  BUT if you're not aware of this it can negatively impact on your relationships or your performance and that would suck as you have done all the hard work to get here!

The good thing is stress can be very helpful to achieving your goal whether it is to just finish or to improve from last time!  There are 2 types of stress Eustress – healthy tension and Distress – uncontrollable/unmanageable.  Now we need stress to have good performance but too much or too little does not.  Also having a goal that creates pressure leads to good performance, although if its too hard obviously is unlikely to succeed or too easy you just don’t turn up.  Remember a diamond is made under pressure.

So how do we use stress to our advantage?  Always remember why you started, why did you choose a 70.3 Ironman as your goal?  What drove you to say yes this is what I want to achieve?  Everyone will answer this differently but you might ask yourself and write it down, even pen it on your arm come race day – Is it to be a good role model for your children, is it to be fitter, faster and stronger then yesterday, is it because you want to push the boundaries in your life to fulfill something important to you, is it because you want to be strong for someone else in your life, is it because you always finish something your started? It could be all of these or could be something else but the most important thing is when in doubt you can look back and go yes this is important because….. HEALTH, STENGTH, LOVE, COMMITMENT, FOCUS, POWER, BELIEF, DREAM, ADMIRATION, I CAN I WILL I TRI

I would love to hear your why one day, your story! 

How to be mentally prepared!

REMEMBER TO BREATH – breath right down into your tummy (diaphragm) you can place your hand on your tummy as a focus point for your breath.  Sit up straight shoulders back and down, feet flat on the floor and just breath.  Do this throughout the day in the car, before a conversation, before you pick up that race pack, before you rack your bike and remember your why.  Any time you feel that mind racing off take 5 slow deep breaths.

VISUALISATION – spend some time visualizing yourself on the course succeeding, feeling good, crossing that finish line, high 5ing your mates and randoms on the course, what jokes you're going to tell.  Practice smiling!

BREAK IT DOWN – WHAT CAN YOU DO?  What can you do… I can have everything packed that I need, service my bike, have a massage, chiropractor, take a bath with Epsom salts, listen to music, go for a walk, call a friend, eat well, prioritise sleep, make a plan to celebrate, all the things that are in your control!!

AFFIRMATIONS – We all know that positive self-talk comes in handy especially on a challenging training day or race day.   Now I’m not talking about Nikki in our head… well she has got me up Lynette a few times “legs, legs, legs”,  “hips under”, “what are you doing?”  I am strong!  I have trained for this!  I am good enough! I can do it!  Just do it!  A personal favourite is “look at my butt working (jiggling) and getting smaller”!  Or I am doing it already!

BREAK DOWN YOUR RACE/TRAINING  - Small achievable parts.  You probably do it already but being more aware and consciously breaking your race or training session down is a great strategy.  For example breaking it down into laps, 5 km segments, or time segments works as well (I will have this gel and see how I feel in 10 minutes).   I personally like thinking of 1 hour down 1 hour to go – I CAN DO THAT.   Use your nutrition plan to help with this, when I get here I get to have this ?.  Swim – ok lets make it to the next buoy?  Ask yourself helpful questions rather than unhelpful thoughts!  How can I get to the next buoy? What do I need to do to make it to the next transition?  Next drink station is in 1 km what do I need to do to get there?  What pose will I do when I cross the finish line?

WORK OUT YOUR WEAKNESS - We all have something that is likely to tip us off our game so have a strategy to deal with it, if it does occur you can stop that slide into a unhelpful mental space on race day.  If my wetsuit is tight or my goggles are gone I can still swim because I have trained like this or have done this before.  If my leg cramps when swimming I can still swim with my arms as I practice with a band.  If I have a flat, that’s ok I know how to change it.  If that person is not waiting at that 17km that’s ok they may have got lost or thought it was the finish line.  If something happens that’s outside of my control its ok because I tried my best.  Ultimately yes something may not go to plan but its also more likely that it does and it’s worth the risk to succeed and complete your goal.  Everything good or bad that happens is a learning opportunity!

MUSCLE RELAXATION – Jump on ITunes music or google and download a 10 min progressive muscle relaxation.

MINDFULNESS – Mindfulness is helpful throughout your day and when practiced can be very useful.  It can be as simple as noticing what you can see, hear, taste, touch and smell.  Taking a moment to notice what’s happening right now.  Notice the wind, the sound of the waves, the warmth of the sun, the chatter of people or simply sitting and noticing your breath.  Download an app – Smiling mind, Headspace, Insight timer. 10 minutes a day, morning and night.

COMMUNICATE – Now sometimes we can be horrible to the most important people in our lives when we are stressed.  This is not ok and will impact you aswell!  Take the time to talk with them about your why!  Have a chat and say I am feeling…tired, stressed, angry because I have set this goal and it’s so important to me… I really want to achieve this because… I want to finish what I started, so I can show my kids you can do anything, do this for me because I feel like I can be a better mum, partner, friend, I’m sorry if I don’t give you the time or am a little snappy… I need you to help me by  … giving me a hug, let me have a sleep, be at the finish line, take 14 photos make sure there is a swim, bike and run shot, high five me at the 14th km, bring champagne, and chocolate and I promise I will make time for you when its done lets …


A note from me – Being a part of Tri-ActiV8 has made a huge positive change in my life because of all of you.  I see strength, commitment, support, and kindness in each and every one of you.  When I see each of you it makes me want to turn up, to tri my best, and also know I can do anything I want to achieve around you.  So remember even on your bad day you are inspiring someone else but the main reason is because you’re doing it for yourself!  I have not done a 70.3 so I can’t speak from experience but you never know I might one day.  But I can help with this stuff so happy to help out if I can because you all help me in your own little way too.  GO GET IT

Kelly Anderson
Mackay Regional Council Campaign 'Try the 5'

MACKAY'S high obesity rate is being tackled head in a new council campaign, 'Try the 5'.

The active campaign includes more than $10,000 in prizes, both weekly and major, to encourage residents to get physical.


Mayor Greg Williamson was at Blue Water Lagoon Thursday morning to kick off Try the 5 along with members of the community heavily involved with exercise.

Mr Williams said: "Inspiring our community to get of our backsides and try something in the month of May, a beautiful month, its the best month to do it. "You can jump on our website, what we are really encouraging you to do is not just get active but to share it as well, so the more sharing we can get on social media the better it will be.

"We actually know from the department of healths recent figures on Mackay and in the last six months we have a fairly high obesity ratio in Mackay, in fact probably the highest in regional Australia, that's not something to be proud of."

There are two major prizes on offer, two nine day South Pacific crusies for two adults on board Carnival Spirit plus a $400 on board credit.

People can show how they are getting involved in the campaign by sharing photos or videos of them being active to the council's Facebook page, upload them to council's website or use the hashtag #trythe5 on Instagram.

Anyone who shares photos or videos will be entered in random draws for weekly prizes.

The major prizes at the end of the campaign will be awarded for best photo and video.

The Mackay Marina Run on Sunday on June 3, will be the last opportunity to enter the competition .

To try out more about the Try the 5 free introductory sessions and events for May, go to council's Facebook page or website at


Bike riding

April 29, 6.30am - 30km social bike ride at Harbour

April 29, 7am - 20km social bike ride at Bluewater Quay

April 30, 5.45pm - Spin class introduction session at City Fitness

May 2, 7am to 8.30am - Ride to work breakfast at Bluewater Quay

May 3, 7am to 8.30am - Ride to work breakfast at Sarina

May 4, 5.30am - Ride to work breakfast at Paget


May 8, 7am - Intro road bike spinning class at Lamberts Lookout, Slade Point Tri-actiV8

May 10, 4.30pm - Mountain Biking Skills Session at Rowallan Park

April 30, 5.45pm - Spin class intro session at City Fitness

Saturday May 12 - Zach Mach event at Pinnacle, Pioneer Valley

Sunday May 13, 6.30am - Sunday session mountain biking intro at Rowallan Park

Water Based

May 13, 10am to 4pm - Kite surfing intro on kite handling

May 13, 8.45am - Aquathon for juniors under 11 years old at Bluewater Lagoon

May 16, 4pm - Introduction cable ski session GoWake Cable Park

May 13, 6.30am - Intro to Dragon Boat racing at the Mackay Marina Mackay

Personal Fitness

May 20, 7.30am - Million Paws Walk RSPCA

May 20, 9am - Zumba in the City at Bluewater Quay

May 20, 8am - Kids colour ride and BBQ at Caneland's carpark

May 21, 5pm - Tai Chi session at Wood Street Park

May 25, 9am - Yoga intro for all ages/levels at Bluewater Lagoon

May 26, 9.15am - Free Yoga session at 8 Limb Yoga studio

May 26, 6am - Muscle Garden boot camp at the Harbour


May 27, 4pm - North Harbour Beach loop run, meeting at Cathy Freeman Oval

May 28, 7.20am - Social Mall Walk at Caneland Central

May 28, 5.15am - Free running coaching at Muscle Garden

May 29, 5.30am - Social run/walk from City Fitness on Victoria St

May 30, 6pm - Social run/walk at Bluewater Quay

May 31, 5.30am Social run/walk from City Fitness on Victoria St

May 31, 12.30pm and 5pm - City walk from the City Cinema carpark

June 1, 7.20am - Social Mall Walk at Caneland Central

June 2, 7am - Parkrun at Botanic Gardens,

June 3, Mackay Marina - Run at the Harbour

Nikki Giles