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Now I am a triathlete

Posted: 9/9/2011

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 happy.

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 heap

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

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