Queensland Triathlon Series - Robina Triathlon
Date - 29th September 2019
Distance - 750/24/5
Result - 2nd Place 16-19 Years Female / 3rd Female Overall
The Robina Tri would be the first Queensland Triathlon Series (QTS) race of the season. I am super fortunate to have support from the Event Crew to successfully participate in this race as well as future QTS events as part of Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy Protector Aluminium Junior Scholarship.
The swim start was as per usual; fast and rough. I was glad that there was quite a long distance to the first buoy from the start line enabling me to find myself in a rhythm. I worked on my swim form throughout the entirety of the swim leg as practised with Toby and found that I felt more efficient in the water.
Transition 1 was smooth and I was keen as ever to get on the bike for 3 laps and 24km ride in total. With the course involving 3 U-turns each lap, it was crucial to execute them efficiently. Throughout my race, I became more confident when executing my U-turns, although I know now that this is an aspect I will have to practice on throughout the season. In my element out on the bike course, I caught a few girls and rode with them hovering around. I decided to surge and make a break from them so that I could focus on myself and my own race.
After a solid bike ride, I let the legs tick over to get the blood flowing as I prepare for the upcoming 5km run. I choose a perfect spot in transition to rack my bike in which allowed me to find my bike quite easily. As I put my shoes on, I found that I had bindies in my feet, so I pulled them out as quickly as I could and got back into race mode onto the run. At this stage, I came off the bike in 4th place and was determined than ever to chase and pick off those in front.
After my first lap on the run I crept up to 3rd place and I could see 2nd place in my line of sight. I just kept ‘ticking away’ (famous quote from Toby - really effective by the way:) and found my self in 2nd place. With 2km to go, I was mentally challenged by a pain in my shoulder and with 1km to go, I was challenged by Jazi (3rd place), although I just kept going for it till the very end. I was so stoked to secure silver in my first QTS race of the season.
Thank you so much to the SCTA team and Toby for your ongoing cheers and support, as well as the Event Crew for holding yet again a fantastic first QTS race of the season in beautiful Robina.
Thank you to the following sponsors for your support; Unique Health foods, Vorgee, Cannibal Australia, Mizuno Running Australia, Intune Sports Massage, Tara Leanne Nutrition, Rydges Hotels and Resorts, The Event Crew, , Ironman Oceania, Allez Sport Mooloolaba, Davey and Associates Optometrist, Queensland Triathlon Series, Felt Bicycles Australia, Kawana Aquatic Centre, Rackley Swimming, Titan Performance Group / Zone 3 Australia and of course Grant Symes from protector Aluminium for all your support.
National Cross-Country Championships 2019- Race Report
Result - Individual 4km - 47th Place U/18 Years Girls
Result - Individual 2km TT - 7th Place U/18 Years Girls
I was fortunate enough to have this year's National Cross-Country Championships held in Sydney, my old home state. With the cross-country race held on my home ground, I was familiar with all the technical corners in which came to my advantage. Although I was focused on the nationals race itself, my training in the lead up was more specialised on the build of triathlon for the next season.
I had visualised the start of the race for a while now. From a wide start line with girls from every state of Australia, including New Zealand, I knew that a fast start would mean a safe position within the race with 93 Girls racing. I managed to have a really strong start resulting in me leading for 2km of the 4km race. After hitting the halfway mark, I began to fatigue quite quickly resulting in girls overtaking me. In the end, my race didn’t go to plan, although, I tried my hardest to push through till the very end.
The national’s relays and time trials commenced 2 days after the individual event. I was placed into the time trial event which was a distance of 2km. Knowing the athletes I was competing against and the short distance of the race, it was understandable as to why this race would be a close sprint. The course on the day had been altered, and extra caution had to be made due to rainfall the previous night. I was happy with the way I executed the corners of the course and was pleased to finish 7th in Australia. It was also pretty special to watch and support my fellow SCTA team: Peyton Craig and Jazi Coventry as well as my sister Mia.
I was amazed and so thankful for the support from my family and friends, Toby and the SCTA crew before, during and after the race. Also, thank you to Unique Health foods for the Clifbars and Blocks, Vorgee, Cannibal Australia, Mizuno Running Australia, Intune Sports Massage, Tara Leanne Nutrition, Rydges Hotels and Resorts, The Event Crew, , Ironman Oceania, Allez Sport Mooloolaba, Davey and Associates Optometrist, Queensland Triathlon Series, Felt Bicycles Australia, Kawana Aquatic Centre, Rackley Swimming, Titan Performance Group / Zone 3 Australia and of course Grant Symes from protector Aluminium for all your support.