A MELBOURNE resident who trained creatively during coronavirus lockdowns and a Warrnambool resident well acquainted with the course shared Killarney triathlon honours on Sunday.
Kelly Egan, 27, was the first female across the finish line, completing the 500-metre swim, 16-kilometre bike ride and four-kilometre run in 1:03.45.
Andy Ryan, 42, was the first male home 57:07.
Egan said the triathlon coincided with a holiday in the south-west and the chance to compete, after tough restrictions in the city, was too good to pass up.
"Typical triathlete, I decided to do a triathlon while I was away," she laughed.
"I just wanted to get out, get away from the five kilometres I've been in and I really love the area so I decided to get out and do it.
"I just enjoy the scenery and quiet roads."
Egan, who is based in Prahran, said it was the ideal way to start her season after keeping her fitness up during lockdown.
"I had to be creative - I know Albert Park quite well, Beach Road and you're on the bike trainer," she said.
"In the ocean I was one of those people in the wetsuit with the hood and the boots.
"You had to make do and do what you could. It was a way to get outside as well, otherwise I wouldn't have gone outside as much."
The Killarney course was a chance to "get out on a nice straight road with no traffic lights".
She said the beach leg was "so beautiful".
"Sometimes when you're racing you can forget to look around and appreciate where you are as well," Egan said.
Egan, who works in HR administration and marketing and is also an artist, knew Jenny Dowie, who finished second in Sunday's competition. Third was Gab Lanman.
"Jenny did her transition right next to me so we were chatting and she did the duathlon series in Melbourne and we're competing with each other next weekend," she said.
"It's just really nice, it's a small world."
Egan enjoys the atmosphere triathlons provide athletes.
"It is a lot of fun and there's so much to learn and I am always going up to people asking questions," she said.
"I find the community is here to help. The first time I did a triathlon everyone was so friendly and lovely.
"It is a special kind of people who are here to challenge themselves."
Ryan, a father of two and past winner, said the calm weather conditions helped his cause in coming in ahead of runner-up Lachlan Johnson and third place-getter Jason Dart.
"We normally have pouring rain and it's blowing a gale out here," he said.
"It is a nice flat course. There's a bit of cross-country running, a sheltered bike ride and a sheltered swim normally too. It doesn't get too choppy out there."
Ryan, who has been competing for a decade, said the personal challenge inspired him.
"You've always got a time to beat," he said.
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