Triathlete does her best to avoid traffic jams on the road to glory!
Dodging buses, cars and motor bikes were just some of the challenges for entrants in the 2012 Bali International Triathlon, though a unique bike blessing ceremony gave them a chance to pray for their safety.
Army’s Pte Hollie Goodall, of Norforce, and her partner PO Tim Lee, of Patrol Boat Group, are members of the Australian Defence Triathlon Sports Association (ADSTA) and joined more than 700 athletes from 28 countries on the Indonesian island of Bali for the seventh annual triathlon held on June 24.
Pte Goodall won her age category (35-39) for the Olympic distance triathlon and placed 41st overall with a time of 2hrs 41mins and 33sec.
The race consisted of a 1.5km swim, a 40km bike ride and a 10km run and, even with a 300-strong police presence, traffic control was hard to maintain during the event.
Pte Goodall said being posted to Darwin made the trip easier, especially as Defence members were now allowed to travel to Indonesia.
“The race was scary”, she said. “It was crazy – you had to keep your eyes on everything, people were popping up from the side of the road and I even ended up on the footpath at one stage when a bus pulled out in front of me.
“On one of the descents on a massive hill during the bike ride a truck driver decided to cross the road and the police were yelling as the riders were coming down the hill at a horrendous speed.
“The run was the biggest challenge because there were not enough water points. It was hot – I was on the street winding in and out of traffic and scooters and had to run past the fish markets.”
Pte Goodall is now training for the 2013 Arafura Games, which will be held in Darwin in May, when she hopes to enter as part of the Defece team. she has already entered next years Bali International Triathlon, hoping the Balinese have a better understanding of a road closure by then.