John Creed trains at WIRAC before an event.
John Creed trains at WIRAC before an event. Gerard Walsh And Contributed

Creed to pace himself

JOHN Creed is hoping to match it with Warwick teammates Joe Cook and Julius Sakrewski in the swim and perhaps the bike leg of the Mooloolaba Half Ironman on Sunday before he expects to drop back on the run leg.

Creed is the most experienced of the trio at ironman level after completing a full ironman in Melbourne this year when he covered the 3.8km swim, 180km bike leg and 42.2km run in 11 hours, 48 minutes.

On Sunday, he hopes to do half the distance in each discipline in a total of 5:30.

"We should all take 30 minutes for the 1.9km swim leg," Creed said.

"It will be easier in the surf at Mooloolaba than in the river at the Hell of the West triathlon at Goondiwindi."

Sakrewski has completed two triathlons at Mooloolaba where he was in the top 50, so knows the conditions, but this event is longer in all disciplines.

Creed has no doubt Sakrewski and Cook will make the distance and tips them to finish in approximately five hours.

"Joe has competed at Mooloolaba and wants to do his first full ironman in Cairns in June," Creed said.

The trio do some training together, mainly on their bikes at the weekend.

Just like most medley swimmers, the majority of ironman competitors admit to one weaker leg.

"The run is my weak leg, it is a work in progress," Creed said.

"Joe and Julius should do the run in one hour, 35 minutes, but I will take two hours."

Once back from Mooloolaba, Creed will focus on the formation of the Southern Downs Tri Club he is setting up in conjunction with Craig Magnussen, of Stanthorpe. Information from Creed on 4661 1541.