By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
IT WAS a case of third time lucky for Brisbane triathlete Dane Robinson when he took out the 2005 Woolgoolga Triathlon yesterday.
Having finished seventh two years ago and runner-up last year behind Joel Cook, Robinson produced a withering run during the final 8km leg to overhaul and then run away from Alstonville's Clayton Fettell who had led the field of 64 individual entrants for most of the race.
Previous experience at Woolgoolga proved invaluable for the Human Movement student as he knew that he had to get a lead before starting the gruelling last kilometre of the run along Woolgoolga Beach.
"I was feeling strong in the second half of the run and everyone else just seemed to fade a little bit," the winner said.
"My god, how hard was that last kilometre though?
"I was a bit worried on the beach as I was running up and down trying to find a hard spot but I couldn't.
"I was thinking that it would be hard for them to catch me in that though, so it was good."
Yesterday's victory could be an ominous warning to the rest of the elite triathletes in the country that Robinson is getting back to his best form.
Having broken his pelvis during a training accident nearly three years ago, Robinson believes that he's returning to the form that saw him named in 2002 as the Australian junior elite triathlete of the year.
"I had a bit of bad luck last season with injuries but it's all sorted out now," he explained.
"I'm building up to the start of the Australian season in February.
"I'm just slowly building up my training and speed work for the first selection race in Under 23 worlds.
"That's my aim, to make the worlds team for next year."