While everyone else was in Noosa I travelled North West over the border to find myself on the Murray River in the Berri Barmera region. While I was extremely jealous of all the social media posts about the sunshine and the much anticipated yearly Noosa tri adventures, I was glad I didn’t stay home to dwell on my FOMO. I was still racing. Just with about 1/1000th of the crowd.
I had a clear plan of attack for this race:
- Swim – start wide to avoid traffic (all of the long course competitors started at once, 177 bodies both male and female together).
- Ride – don’t get distracted checking out everyone’s bike and kit, focus on riding.
- Run – go hard and empty the tank, listen to my body, not my mind.
- Transitions – remember this is not a time to rest.
Swim 1.9km (00:36:36)
I started where I saw a gap but that gap soon became a mass of bodies fighting for a clear swim. I felt like instead of being on the outside I was in the very middle and just as I thought I was getting to some open swimming, a buoy would come along and everyone including myself joined back into the huddle. Despite this, I can’t say I was disappointed in my swim. I felt strong and smooth in the glassy water of Lake Bonney and before I knew it lap two was up and I was stripping out of my wetsuit.
Maybe it was because I didn’t have to go far but this would have to be my fastest to date!
Ride 90km (02:49:47)
Again, I really can’t say that I was disappointed with my result because I did a good time and maintained a good pace start to finish. But, it just wasn’t quite as good as I planned. I went into this ride hoping to get in done under 2hrs 45min. However, only 5km in, I wasn’t feeling super comfortable on my bike, it’s definitely time to get that all important bike fit! I did keep to the plan of staying focused and concentrated on my ride the whole time though. I managed to catch a glimpse of most people as they went past and for the record, the TriChicks kit was my fav on the course and I was one of about four road bikes on course. Despite not hitting the all-important goal time I knew I still managed a great time and felt really good about my race execution thus far.
I didn’t go so well in this one but I’m still pretty happy with my improvement.
Run 21.1km (01:52:23)
It was forecast to be 33 degrees – yep it was going to be a warm one. I had been training my running with a small water bottle and planned to do so to help get me through this run. But, was one going to be enough? Without knowing it, in steps my memory of TriChick Annabel Rothfield at Yarrawonga Tri two weeks prior with a bottle in her back pocket. Perfect, I’ll have a spare I thought. Then I thought, what if it’s frozen, that will also cool me! Thanks Annabel, worked a treat, highly recommend this.
It was a four-lap course which meant I knew exactly where the aid stations were and where each little rise was and every inch of shade along the path. First two laps I was flying. I grabbed water to drink and threw some on myself at each aid station without even stopping to walk. Lap three was another story. This was when my mind took over and although I still felt great my mind said no and I slowed a little, began walking through the aids, fighting my legs and lungs against the devil on my shoulder telling me I had done well to now be happy and have a little walk. I did walk a little on the fourth and final lap when it got too much and my mind won over. I then dug deep and told myself to toughen up and ran the last 2kms faster then I had the entire run. I felt strong crossing that finish line!
If ever there is an event that knows how to rehydrate properly it is this one. As soon as my timing chip was removed the fella pointed me in the direction of an Esky and said, ‘now go grab yourself a beer or cider you deserve it’. The only complaint I have about this is they could have had them on ice a little sooner.
To top the day off I ended up being the first female in the 25-29 age group to cross the line and received a lovely glass trophy!