On a mission for a solid race after some good form heading into the weekend and a hole new mental preparation from training off road I headed up to Yeppoon 70.3 hungry to go in quietly confident to have a solid hit out and hopefully turn a few heads.
Race morning rolled around and as you no or may not no the race starts at a lovely 8am so having a sleep in and rolling down to transition bellow your balcony makes a very easy race prep (gold).
Swim start with a beach start and a one way swim had everyone full of nerves with a plan to hang on for dear life I managed a better start and found myself trying to hang off the back of White, Clarke, Whistler I entered transition just behind them as they were exciting transition so I new with some solid bike intensity prior to the race I would catch them and with in 15 km had caught and passed the boys – and said to Ollie I reckon we can get across he kinda looked at me with a blank look maybe thinking no chance but I new I was able to and set off with one mission only to bridge across the 2.30 and at 60 km had caught the boys passing Munro, Fox, Roch, Robbins, and a few others I sat to my power and pulled the train along to my disgust seeing someone’s front wheels shadow between my legs I new they were rather close.
A ride time of 2.13 and a pack of boys sitting on we entered transition with reedy showing his share class and fabulous form he was up the road by 7 minutes and Berkel picking up a very bizarre penalty we had a a big group of boys racing for the minor placing’s and the chance to sneak onto the podium it was on, A few boys went out like an ITU race but with in 8 km I found myself in 3rd with Berkel in sight – hitting the 16 km mark and still Berkel in sight I new I just needed to hang in there and stay strong and I would end up in 3rd. and contemplated so many things what if I cramp,what if I blow up, but with all the mental training I have learnt from Gilsey I held onto a very very memorable moment in my triathlon racing and crossed in 3rd.
The feeling of finishing in the pointy end is a feeling that is so rewarding and something I am in pursue of doing again very soon. What I have learnt from this experience moving forward is going to only make me stronger more confident in my ability and now i’m ready for more.
With out having amazing people in my corner I would not be able to race at this level and I have a wonderful support crew and want to thank you all so much for believing in me it’s amazing and I am truly grateful.
Next race sunshine coast 70.3 in 3 weeks.