Going into the Byron Bay triathlon, I didn't really know where I was at. My preparation was far from good; Id been sick for the week prior to the race, and for the past 6 weeks I’ve been nursing a shin injury, so have done barely any running, and the running I have done, has been very slow. I pretty much replaced every run session with a gym session, and really tried to focus on getting my strength up on the bike.
Even though there was a pretty high quality line up of professionals in the race, I was completely relaxed........which is HUGE for me, because I am often a nervous wreck on race morning and you can’t get a smile out of me!
The swim start was very interesting! There was a really strong current moving north up the beach, so when the whistle went, everyone ran about 100m down the beach to the South before entering the water. After making my way through the shore dump, I realised the Velcro on my timing chip was really loose, and after about 100m of swimming it had fallen off. I didnt let it bother me, and just tried to set a strong swim pace, minimising the deficit on the gun swimmers ahead.
After what seemed like a really long 1500m, I got out of T1 in 5th position with Ben Cook hot on my heels. Ben and I set a very strong pace on the bike, and before we knew it, the only one up the road was Clayton Fettel .
Out of T2, gaps were very small, and the battle to be on the podium was ON! At this point I was feeling quite good, so I set a strong pace to start with to see if I could hold on. At about the 5km mark I was in 3rd, and was feeling comfortable and confident I could maintain my pace for the remainder of the run.
I’m really happy with how the race went. I dedicate a significant chunk of my life to triathlon, so it’s a great feeling when you can prove to yourself and also show your friends and family that the hard work and time is worth it.
Im a proud new member of the ‘On The Go’ triathlon racing team, and I owe a big thanks to them for their support. A Huge thanks must go to Merida Bikes Australia. This was my first race on the new machine, and I would say it was my best performance on the bike in any race. I also owe a big thankyou to Shock Sports. They went out of their way to make sure I had my new race wheels ready on the day.......and they felt great!