Having the opportunity this year to be involved in World Triathlon Series races, I have been surrounded by a new type of elite competition- striving for what I want for the future. I came into this race knowing that I was well prepared, experienced and a totally different athlete to what I was when I started Triathlon this time 2 years ago and even a year ago at my first World Championships as a junior in Beijing. The least nervous I have been for a race in a while, I had the mindset that I wanted to put myself in the race to win but top 5 was an achievable expectation. In the days leading up, I couldn’t say I felt amazing or I felt flat so I was honestly unsure how this race would actually go. Our race day could not have been more perfect weather wise and this gave us the opportunity for fast racing.
The swim was a fresh 14 degree water temperature that was not that inviting even with my HUUB wetsuit on. I started next to a front pack swimmer, Claudia Rivas and I knew that would great feet to start next too. My first 750m was an absolute shocker!! I didn’t know what I was doing, passing girls that I should be well infront of. Due to this about 6 girls were ahead and that could be race over if they stayed away. I dove back in for my second lap and felt about 10 times better. I had rhythm and I felt like I had feel for the water. I put my head down, leading the chase bunch of us around the second lap. Running out of the water, the girls up the road had about 45 seconds on us. This was pretty disappointing as I have confidence in my swim to swim with the lead girls and training had been going well.
I went into this race knowing that I had to do everything in my power to win. It was there for me to have and in the end, I just don’t have the run legs yet to win. Did my race go perfect? Far from it. From what I thought would be my strength turned into my weakness for the day. I am fairly happy with my end result knowing my put myself on the start line, fit and ready to race the best Under 23’s in the world. My run was the best I have run all year and it was nice to finish the season on a high from something I have been trying to develop all year. I couldn’t ask for anything better for my first year in under 23’s and I look forward to the world of opportunities that I have for my future in the sport. A big congratulations to my two best friends and training partners, Ashlee on her 7th and Charlotte on her 12th and another congratulations to Aaron Royle on his win and Ryan 10th.
I would like to thank everyone that has helped me over the last year from the start of the season to the end. To all the service providers that surround me from massage, Alex Price and Phil who have made the last few weeks a lot easier, having the opportunity to have massage at night and after training. I would like to thank Katie Slattery for her help with Jamie in working out specific sessions for us to be dominating at Worlds. To everyone that has helped me out at races over the past year and given me the opportunity to race this year and step up. Thank you to Michael Flynn and Shaun Stephens for having confidence in my ability to do this. A big thank you to my Coach Jamie Turner for helping me with my development from being a junior athlete. I have faith in him that he knows what he is doing and is always about coach driven, athlete centred environment. We always work in an elite environment with him looking out for the best needs of us. Thank you to NSWIS and Triathlon Australia for the financial help over the year with my overseas travels and allowing me to develop through this constant support. Nothing is ever possible without a starting block and I am pretty lucky that my parents gave me a stable base to build from. I was very exciting for them to make the trip down to Auckland to see me race and I want to thank them for their constant support in what I call my day job.
To end my trip in Auckland, if I didn’t have many butterflies in my stomach the day before, I did now, bungy jumping off the Sky Tower in Auckland. I am now looking forward to a break from the world of Triathlon and excited to see what 2013 can bring!! J
Here is the Tricast from the weekend :)