I was unsure how this race would pan out for me as I have had a bit of an inconsistent prep over the past few months. Low iron levels & subsequent fatigue, combined with a hectic study load at Uni has made it difficult to put together a solid block of training. However, I knew that if I kept a positive mind leading up to, and during the race then I would be able to get the best out of myself.
After having a pretty chilled out Saturday, race morning rolled around and we woke to yet again pouring rain. I’d much rather race in cooler, wet weather than stinking hot so I was pretty happy.
The 1.9km swim in chilly 16 degree water was pleasantly uneventful and I exited the water amongst the main bunch of girls, with a few girls up the road. The undulating out and back bike course was awesome. I loved being out there & my Avanti Chrono Evo TT rode like a dream.
Coming into T2 I had no idea what placing I was in, but after a few km into the run I figured I was most likely sitting in 3rd. The first 14km felt great and I was holding about 4:05min/km and was feeling pretty decent. From then on though it started to become a battle of just making it to the finish. The lack of run miles in training was catching up with me and I was beginning to cramp up, which was frustrating considering I was mentally going strong. The last 500m was a bit of a blur. I felt like I was putting in the biggest sprint, but obviously my legs weren't taking me anywhere as I got passed in the last 100m. I would hate to have seen my form in those last 100m!
Fourth place is always a bitter-sweet result. However, I have to be happy considering this was far above my expectations leading into the race and I got every last bit out of myself & had fun (until the final km!), which was all I wanted to do.
Thanks to all the volunteers, supporters & the team at Challenge GC for putting on a great event & keeping us all safe out there is trying conditions. I will definitely be back next year.
Big thanks to Gav and the team at Avanti Plus Salisbury for prepping my Avanti bike for me & to Brooks for the ongoing support in keeping my feet happy. Also shout-out to Craig and the crew at Unley Swim Squad for taking me in this year, it’s been great to have a solid swim squad to train with while in SA; & to my cycling buddies for the rad times in the hills of Adelaide.
All going to plan the next race for me is Port Mac 70.3 in October which is one of my faves so I'm looking forward to that. For now it's back to the books...as well as a bit of recovery time.
*images courtesy of witsup.com