Bike leg sets Wriede up for triathlon win
BEN Wriede entered the Tannum Sands Triathlon defending back-to-back titles, but with a lot less fitness under his belt.
As a spectator, you would not have known it as Wriede powered away from his rivals on the bike leg to claim a healthy lead which only grew.
But the Calliope athlete said it did not feel quite as good as it looked, joking that he put on a smile when he returned close to transition.
"I struggled in the swim today, to have not done a lot of work and my stroke went all over the place," he said.
"The bike today set it up for me. I pushed hard and went really well."
Wriede would have been happy with a good hit-out to get his legs back into training, even if he had finished last.
But when he was at the pointy end of the race, natural competitiveness kicked in.
"The place didn't matter but it felt good to win," he said. "A few mates came down and I heard them cheering me on."
Wriede said the closeness to the crowd and having a decent number of people watching is one major reason he chose this event as one to hep him back towards full-on competition.
"The other ones, most people are racing but here there is a nice area down on the esplanade and people watch," he said.