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Post press conference chat with First Off The Bike at Ironman New Zealand
It was great to spend time with family in Melbourne, while I continued training leading into Geelong 70.3. Loved the outdoor 50 metre pool at Aquarena Aquatic and Leisure Centre www.aquarena.ymca.org.au, even scheduled in a massage! I got to know Beach Road & Neapean Highway well on the bike (between St Kilda and Frankston) - a fantastic cycling route and can see why its so popular among Melbourne's cycling community. There are loads of pedestrian/bike paths to choose from for running so training away from home was easy to adjust to.
Friday, I made my way to Geelong and Torquay. A very big thank you to Michelle and Dale Hemley for having me stay and making me feel so welcome in their home. Michelle and Dale have established a dynamic and growing business "Hemleys - Health, Fitness & Sports Development" and it was fantastic to hear about the programs they are involved with and positive contribution to the local sporting community.
https://www.facebook.com/Hemleys ; http://hemleys.wordpress.com/
Hot and windy conditions set the scene for the day. Professionals raced non-wetsuit. It was choppy and rough ocean water. My surf skills are terrible and I got what I deserved. I swam the course alone which was uncomfortable with the size of the swell. Staying focused, calm and completing the course was priority. Time wise it was a diabolical disaster, a career worst effort. Extremely glad to get the hell out of there and get on with the strengths of my race....
I felt strong on the bike, consistent power and my training and race fitness was coming through. It was extremely windy and hot, much like Hawaii so it didn't bother me. I have a good handle of race nutrition in heat, so was confident with that side of things. I was able to build throughout the 80kms and improved my position in the pro field by Transition 2.
Run with no limits - that was the agenda. The wind was unreal, it was a matter of driving through it. I nailed my nutrition and the back end of my run felt good. First time the finish line came sooner than I expected! :-)
What I am most proud of is that I did not give up on myself given such a terrible swim to the start of the day. I raced my own race, the course and conditions and had worked my way into 2nd place through the process, with 2nd fastest bike split and fastest run split of the day. I actually didn't even realise I was in 2nd place until after the finish, a rewarding feeling given how my day unfolded. Race without judgment, maximimise every moment, anything is possible, believe in yourself.
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Congratulations to Emma Moffatt on leading from start to finish and wining the event, a 1st class performance! And to Lisa, first race of the season and a podium finish :-) Its great to see the growth of female talent moving through the professional field, it was a real buzz to race amongst the girls. Well done to all athletes who raced in the challenging conditions.
Mate I just wanted to write a note of thanks for all the work put into my program, rolling out a great start to the season. You've totally looked after me with the design of the training program and mentoring support. We had a busy schedule of 3 x 70.3 races in a short period of time of 4 weeks and I feel we achieved its purpose with a solid level of race fitness as a platform to build towards Ironman Melbourne.
The few days in Lennox was also invaluable. Thank you to both you, Mel and the Aeromax Squad for making me feel so welcome, it was a fantastic experience.
Its great to be back in Sydney and able to settle down into a routine and the next training block.
My sponsor and support team
2014 I am working with a fantastic and supportive team of sponsors including Scody, Specialized, Eyeline, Compressport, TriShave, SaltStick, High 5, Kinetic by Kurt, Asics, AquaShop/BlueSeventy, FuelBelt, Team Latitude - assisted by my Athlete Manager Phil Stoneman, M5 Management. I am also wrapped to establish recent partnerships with Ryders Eyewear and Scicon Bags.
Becoming a full time professional triathlete has been one of the best decisions I have made. I'm learning every day and enjoying the process of improvement in all areas of being a professional athlete. Its a privileged opportunity to be able to do this, with the encouraging support of my sponsors friends and family...Looking forward to seeing what more I can give and get out of myself in racing.
See you all at Ironman Melbourne!
Cheers Bec :-)
MOFFATT, Emma Australia 00:26:490 2:32:290 1:28:280 4:30:58 111
HOSCHKE, RebeccaAustralia 00:36:370 2:36:140 1:26:300 4:43:11 223
MARANGON, LisaAustralia 00:30:520 2:37:530 1:37:590 4:50:15 340
FLEMING, JessicaAustralia 00:32:470 2:38:310 1:39:340 4:54:16 452
STEWART, TinekeNew Zealand 00:35:470 2:42:360 1:34:450 4:56:34 553
GRANT, JuliaNew Zealand 00:31:520 2:39:380 1:45:300 5:00:40 669
WU, MichelleAustralia 00:31:580 2:50:190 1:34:430 5:00:56 770
HALLETT, KristyUnited States 00:38:430 2:46:200 1:47:550 5:16:46 812
JAENKE, KymAustralia 00:29:370 2:47:320 0:00:000 0:00:00----
NIWATA, KiyomiJapan 00:30:300 0:00:000 0:00:000 0:00:00----
SIDDALL, LauraGreat Britain 00:31:470 0:00:000 0:00:000 0:00:00----
My February race schedule included a couple of races in Victoria so I decided to drive Sydney to Melbourne as part of the trip, including a stop over at Wangaratta and King Valley wine region. The night's stay at Moyhu Pub and meeting the locals was a character building experience! Being a country girl at heart, I loved the morning ride through King Valley...nothing beats the Aussie rural landscape and an appreciation of Victoria's wine region :-)
Swim – 1.9 km, 1 Lap. The swim took place at Brighton Beach and includes plenty of spectacular viewing areas to check out all the action!
Bike – 90 km (3 x 30kms). The out-and-back course headed southbound past Sandringham and Black Rock before turning at Centreway (opposite Peter Scullin Reserve), and returning to the venue.
Run – 21.1 km.(3 x 7kms) Runners head out of Transition and continue along the beach pathway towards Sandringham.
Swim: Goggles - Eyeline Stellar model, clear lens (prefer to sight landmarks in true colour). Wetsuit - BlueSeventy Helix, women's specific design, fits my small size perfectly, great flexibility, strategically placed buoyancy panels to enhance body position and stroke.
Bike: Specialized Shiv (XS), Sitero saddle, Evade helmet. Trivent Expert bike shoes. Aero is everything! :-) #mybikerips!
Run: Asics DS Racers. Light weight, supportive, gel cushioning, personally I find a great shoe choice for long course. High 5 visor for sun protection.
Nutrition: High 5 Nutrition (Gels and Energy Source electrolyte drink), SaltStick tablets to bump up electrolytes especially in hot weather)and coke on the run! FuelBelt gel flasks for efficient gel carriage.
My approach to the race was no different to any other - to race the course smart, hard, with passion and self belief. Hang on for the swim (this was fairly unsuccessful, augh!), bike like I wanna blow up and run with no limits!
The bike course was congested with 3 x 30km laps (@1000 competitors) and I was frustrated by disruption to the pro race. I received a penalty which wasn't clearly communicated (visually by card or reasons for) and wasted further time searching for the unmarked penalty box, causing a further setback. Dealing with events which are unplanned is part of racing. As my husband often reminds me...'keep your head where your body is'. Race without judgment and maximise every moment. I ran as hard as I could, the crowd support a highlight throughout the multi-lap course and finished in 3rd position (fastest run of the day).
To be on the podium with Annabel Luxford (1st) and Caroline Steffan (2nd) was a huge inspiration and personal career highlight. Congratulations to all the girls who raced and took part in the event. Definitely a race I thoroughly enjoyed and loved the Challenge Family atmosphere throughout the weekend.
Thanks to Challenge Australia, SuperSprint, key sponsors including Scody Australia plus all the volunteers for making the weekend such a memorable experience.
1Annabel Luxford 04:16:01 27:21:000 2:18:160 1:26:35
2Caroline Steffen 04:20:05 27:25:000 2:22:330 1:26:05
3Rebecca Hoschke 04:25:29 33:04:000 2:22:270 1:25:22
4Madeleine Oldfield 04:31:30 30:40:000 2:27:270 1:29:36
5Wendy Mcalpine 04:32:01 30:41:000 2:23:000 1:33:01
6Hannah Lawrence 04:36:51 33:43:000 2:22:040 1:36:27
7Julia Grant 04:50:40 30:49:000 2:24:230 1:50:40
9 February, 2014.
Hi – I’m Pete, Ollie’s triathlon coach… I have a story for you.
When Ollie and I first connected a year or so ago, I knew immediately I could help him. I “got him” straight away. We had a chat at a cafe in Cronulla (not a surprise for those that know me) and he spoke about his journey. He didn’t know me, in fact we were only speaking as a friend of mine knew I might be able to assist him. She knew we both viewed things a little differently. If you’re reading this you most likely know of his path. To me it wasn’t new though… I see it all the time. Athlete gets good, moves up the ladder, pressure builds, and the athlete stops being himself. He loses his original personality…
In the early days of triathlon we saw a sport with personality. It was an outlying sport and those that were outliers were attracted to it. Most people called you crazy if you did it and that’s what you thrived on. Magazines were filled with stories of adventures to new races. We had new types of equipment coming to the fore like “lay-down” bars and clip-in style bike shoes that were designed from the ski boot concept. In short, we had a “culture” in our sport that fitted in with who we are. Our athletic pursuits matched our personalities.
This is where I see the issue. Gradually, over time, and quite naturally so, we became more mainstream. We became a business and we started to fit in with everyone else around us. We saw the introduction of the ITU and the push for the Olympics, which was successful. Then we saw the same with the Ironman brand. WTC pushed worldwide with their brand and it too started to look the same. The M-Dot was fiercely protected by the big guys at the top, and it started to all be a bit tiresome. Magazines became less about our culture and more about quick tips for success.
The good news for me is that I believe we’re coming out the other side again. Luckily, we still have our outliers around like the Challenge Family. Hey… we’ve now even replaced champagne on the podium for beer!!! Cross Triathlon is starting to gain momentum, different race distances are making an appearance and we’re even seeing the old-fashioned budgie smugglers making a comeback.
Fast-forward a year from our original chat and I’m still encouraging Ollie to pursue his dreams. He has a passion to bring some personality and different thinking back to triathlon in his little way. He is collaborating with like-minded thinkers to make a change in the world. He wants to show the young guys coming through to be yourself, to stand for your own brand of success. He is establishing a “culture”… and its from “cultures” that we grow.
If you’re looking for different thinking, you’re probably in the right place. Hang around, make yourself comfortable, enjoy the surroundings. The ride will be worth it. But please don’t try to make us conform.
- Roll out my 2014 triathlon season with an early season race, travel, be a tourist, & support triathlon in New Zealand! :-) Love racing within the Asia Pacific Region. I like the timing of this race during New Zealand’s summer. As a destination race, the event features Auckland Harbor Bridge, Viaduct Harbor, city waterfront & foreshore areas.
- After 3 weeks of foundation work, see where my fitness is at & where I need to improve.
- Race experience among a super talented & stacked field of international athletes. The opportunity to meet other pro girls on the circuit. I'm constantly inspired & motivated by the talent in this sport. There is something that you can learn from everyone.
- Race in my new Scody Australia race kit!
- Good friend and supporter Larisa Alexander, also Director and inspiration behind TriShave Australia watching the race :-) http://www.trishave.com.au/
- Perfect weather conditions on the day for a triathlon event! We scored a ripper weather wise which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone from athletes to family, friends and volunteer support.
- The event as a whole ran extremely smoothly. Logistically running a triathlon event in a capital city is a challenge but also presents many opportunities as an iconic destination race. WTC Asia Pacific combined with key stakeholder and sponsor support, did a fantastic job building and improving this race from 2013 – congratulations on making it such a memorable and positive experience.
- I LOVE my new Scody Australia race kit! A big thanks to Phil and Scody for arranging my kit in a very short period of time. High performance, comfortable and looks awesome!
- Seeing Larisa, TriShave Australia at the finish line – that was great. Thank you so much for your friendship, support and words of encouragement.
What is working well...
Run - My run felt strong and consistent. With 3 weeks of foundation training, my run strength was the most obvious improvement and felt good on the day.
Lots to improve!...
Swim - My swim has improved over the past 12 months (33.03 - 2013, 29.16 - 2014). But always needs a lot of work and there's always room to improve – getting the training done and my attitude towards it.
Transition - Woeful! Snail's pace. Rookie errors and got what I deserved.
Recovery 101 – As Nigel often reminds me, you don't get fitter when you are training. You get fitter when you are recovering from that training.
"Being committed to recovery means that sometimes you don’t train hard, even if you really want to, and even if everyone else is doing it.
- A commitment to recovery may mean that you take ice baths sometimes
- It means that when all you want is pizza and a beer, you choose a nutritious meal instead.
- It means that you put away the computer/TV/smartphone/video game/facebook! and go the heck to sleep.
- It means that you spend some intimate time with your foam roller, lacrosse ball, stick, ice pack, or other self-care tool/torture device.
- It may mean that you seek out a reputable practitioner of your preferred therapeutic approach: massage, Rolfing, acupuncture, chiropractic care, naturopathic or functional medicine..."
Time management and organisation – If you fail to plan you plan to fail. A simple, balanced and consistent weekly routine is key in all aspects of lifestyle. And I need to get stuck into my Cert 3 and 4 PT study and plan study blocks as part of each week!
A very big thank you to Anna Ross and Hayden Russell who welcomed me into there home for the weekend and for all the support given during the race. Anna is a great inspiration and talent who gives so much to this sport as a mentor and professional athlete. I really enjoyed spending the weekend with you.
To my sponsors and support team - Specialized, Scody, TriShave, Eyeline, Compressport, High 5 Nutrition, SaltStick, AquaShop/Blueseventy, FuelBelt, Asics, TeamLatitude, Gilesy/Aeromax Team, M5 Management, friends and family. Loving summer and looking forward to the training and racing ahead :-)