Today was a good day. After all the nerves and uncertainty earlier I went
out, worked hard, suffered and had a good result coming in 4th.
The swim was not to plan. Most of the athletes wore wetsuits and some got
away from me. With 70 people in the water I soon lost the people I wanted
to try and stick with. The water was a beautiful 26 degrees. I actually
felt pretty happy and comfortable swimming in it.
The bike leg felt great. I relived some good memories from 3 years ago in
the Paralympic road race. I went hard and overtook 3 of my competitors. I
was a bit worried about my pacing but in the end was near the limit and got
a little recovery time on the way down the hill into transition.
The run was hard. I was confused as to what lap my compeitors were on and
then started to doubt myself with what lap I was on. The canadian who was
slowly closing in on me and was pushing me pretty hard to hold him off for
the finish was actually a lap behind me. I was very happy with my pacing on
the run as I thought I kept a good even pace the whole way and I was very
excited to run under 30 minutes in the end.
My time was a 1:30.45. Not quite what I was hoping for but given the hilly
bike course that was nearly 3km longer than it is supposed to be I was
I am looking forward to the next 12 months in this new sport. I think there
is plenty of potential for me to go faster in all 4 disciplines and if I
put together a good race then a podium could be possible next year.
Thanks for all your support and I will let you know how I am going for the
next race in Noosa. Double the distance this time.
Full results at
Also thanks to all those supporting me through this journey. Especially
Penni for her eternal patience with me when I put training above cleaning
the house and for taking care of me when I try to do too much and fall in a
Matilda for coming on my running sessions and keeping me company, even if
she does ask too many questions when all I want to do is run.
Julbo glasses for the great sunnies
Hoka One One for the shoes that helped me get a big pb in the run leg
Look bikes and Mavic shoes for keeping the gear junkie in me happy
My Major sponsor for the last 8 years Toyota