The three weeks leading into this race were far from ideal! Firstly, I was battling with illness – By training before work my immunity is running on empty, so combine that with exposure to sick kindergarten children leaves me getting sick far more often than I would like......but I have to pay the bills. On top of this, my body has been combating iron deficiency, which had been causing some pretty unpleasant head spins during training. So basically I was unable to do any sort of quality training session the three weeks leading into the race. I almost pulled the pin the week before when I realised I wasn’t really improving. The only reason I decided to race was because I had already booked accommodation and a show in Sydney for that weekend, so I was going to Sydney regardless. I made sure I did everything in my power to make sure I felt good on race day, so I ate well, and rested lots.......which definitely payed off!
Considering I probably shouldn’t have been racing, I put no pressure on myself, therefore slept really well, and digested food the morning better than usual! With a small turn up of Male Pro’s (still high quality though), I knew a good swim could set up for an easier bike ride. I placed right next to James Seear, and was being dragged alongside his hip for a while. Amberger and Lampe had cleared out early, and I was sitting comfortably in the main pack, including race favourite Joe Gambles.
Out of the swim and onto the bike my legs were spinning nicely and I was feeling good and fresh. Gambles went to the front and set a solid but comfortable pace, and I sat third in line and felt quite good for the whole first lap, just making sure I was staying relaxed and sticking to my nutrition plan. Once again, Amberger was showing dominance on the bike and extending his lead throughout the whole ride. Gambles really put the hammer down on lap 2 of the bike, and i was slowly feeling the fatigue set in. Even though our average speed for the 90km was over 41km/h, we got off the bike 6.30 down on Amberger.
As expected, Gambles cleared out early in pursuit of Amberger and Joey Lampe who was also about a minute ahead. For the first 5km I was running quite well at around 3.35/km pace in 5th place. I was running about 10-15seconds behind Seear up until the 17km mark. I tried to bridge the gap a few times but my turn of speed wasn’t enough. At 3km to go I had a big gap on 6th and Seear had cleared out so I just switched off a bit and enjoyed the scenery to the finish!
I was really satisfied at the finish. Its where I feel I deserve to be, and I didn’t feel too far away from being in striking distance of a podium. It’s great to finish 2014 on a high and I feel really motivated for 2015. Huge thanks to my supporters in 2014 – OntheGo Racing, Merida bikes Australia, Shock Sports and Compressport Australia. I look forward to continuing working with these great companies in 2015.
Biggest thanks to my Parents, who have been my major supporter/financer since I began triathlon about 13years ago.......I look forward to your continued support in 2015 hahaha :)