Huskisson is a small coastal town located on the South Coast of NSW in Jervis Bay. There is no other event in the year that I look forward to more than this one because lots of my close friends and family book a big house right on the bay, and everyone participates in something, whether it be the 2km fun run or the long course triathlon. I really love that the spotlight is turned away from me and shone across everyone else, it really allows me to relax and not stress too much.
Normally the day before a race would consist of a bit of a pre-race warm up then just chill on the couch all day. Husky was a bit different because on the Saturday I was up at 5am to help cheer on some of my family members who were competing in either the sprint or enticer events. I now know exactly what they mean when they say they are tired after watching one of my races...........spectating is exhausting!! But it was great fun and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!
Race morning came around and despite the normal pre race nerves was feeling pretty good. I found a good position at the swim start and was off to a great start in line with the leaders. I was in the lead pack, although after a big acceleration after a turning buoy I found myself losing contact and chasing. I kept pushing on, and by the end of the swim the gap to the few leaders was only about 20 seconds, which I was able to bridge with a swift transition.
Onto the bike, Sam Appleton made a very early break, and was out of sight very quickly. I was left in a group of 6 Males, which included some pretty accomplished triathletes. I honestly wasn’t feeling too sharp in the ride, and Appleton was putting some significant distance into us, so at the half way point (40km) I decided to just conserve for the run. Rolling into town on our last lap I was feeling pretty strong, I caught a glimpse of Appleton who was already at least 1.5km into the run, so I knew we had a huge deficit to try to close in order to catch a very strong runner.
I built into the first few km of the run, and found myself in 2nd position at the 5km mark. At about 7km Alex Reithmeier passed me at a very quick pace, and I was only able to pick my tempo up for about another km until I had to settle into a more sustainable pace. At the 10km mark I had opened up a nice gap on 4th, which I was then able to extend further over the following 5km. At 5km left to run I was doing calculations in my head, and was feeling pretty confident that I could hold onto my podium position, so I was able to relax and enjoy the Jervis Bay scenery.
I was really satisfied to finally come away with a podium finish at husky long course. I have been racing this event for the past 5 years straight. The first time I did it I remember Craig Alexander almost lapped me on the run (and it’s a 10km lap!). Since then I have learnt lots and clawed my way up the ranks.
Thanks again to my supporters Shock Sports, CompressportAus, Xtreme Cycle and Skate and Sci-Con Bags, you guys are keeping my dream alive! Thank you and well done to my whole family, who all had very impressive performances over the weekend.