We have a new triathlon event happening here in Darwin tomorrow.
The Darwin Long Course Triathlon is a revamp of our traditional NT Long Course and is based around Mindil Beach (famous for its Dry Season markets and spectacular sunsets).
Conducted at various locations (Katherine Gorge, Berry Springs, Lake Alexander), for the past few years the event had recently been at Lake Bennett, some 80km down the track from Darwin so this is now a whole new course for athletes to enjoy.
Previously a 2km swim, 60km bike, 16km run, tomorrow's race also ups the distance to 2km run, 80km bike, 20km run.
The field is small (to be expected with a new event) and everyone involved is hoping all goes well and the word spreads far and wide about this little gem on the Down Under tri calendar.
The interstate competitors appear a little bemused at the smaller field but that's not to say the competition won't be fierce.
Kilo for kilo we have some of the best age group athletes in the country right here in Darwin and the competition for category honours will be fierce.
Me? Not racing unfortunately. Going into holiday mode for a couple of weeks after Hawaii 70.3 and then being knocked out not long after for another three or so weeks with the flu meant, with my lack of training, it would be very foolish for me to line up for this one. Somewhat disappointing!
So I've spent the afternoon giving back as the Technical Official in transition for bike check in instead.
In all seriousness, after four hours on my feet it feels as though I've already gone the distance so I'm looking forward to finding a shady spot somewhere tomorrow and doing nothing more strenuous than ringing cowbells.