Race: Queensland All Schools Triathlon – Lake Kawana
Date: Sunday 27th of October 2019
Category: Senior Women
Result: 2nd Place
This year was my last chance in competing at Queensland All Schools Triathlon. As I am graduating from school this year and states is next year, this race took me by surprise, as I thought last year was my final stand. I am always up for an opportunity to better myself, so I was more than willing to give Queensland All Schools another crack.
On the shoreline and accessing the start, I identified a sweeping current taking the buoys with it. From where I was originally positioned on the start line I then adapted to the conditions and shifted to find a better line to the buoy. With 1 minute till the horn, I adjusted my lucky goggles – Vorgee Stealth Mark II and zone into my plan of attack. Once the horn blew, I ran as far as I could making a bit of ground on the other swimmer. The swim was very chaotic as we made our way to the first buoy. I was lucky that I didn’t swallow any water, so I was still left with the taste of CLIF Bars Nut Butter Filled Peanut Butter energy bar. Then, I managed to find my sister Erin and get a good draft off her aha!! For the rest of the swim, Erin and I worked together in a group of 4.
I had a really successful transition and was out on the bike with no time to waste. I knew the course pretty well as I have raced on it in the past years. Unfortunately, fortunate, I crashed last year, which result in me chasing more girls, although, with the adrenaline, I smashed out a 1min and 30sec PB in my 5km time in the run J This year again, I knew this was a very technical course and that I had to execute it effectively. My legs didn’t get into a rhythm as early as I would have liked too as my legs felt really heavy. However, I took 2 CLIF Bloks which helped me push through get me ready for my run home.
I had a blitzing second transition, which gave me the ultimate fire of chasing down the few girls in front of me. At this stage I was in 5th place and with 5km over 2 laps on the run, I could see who was in front and start to pick them off. I was stoked to place 2nd in the end and stand on the podium in my Cannibal / SCTA gear!
Overall, I was happy with the way I executed the race putting my skills into practice- developed through the Sunshine Coach Triathlon Academy Junior skills development sessions with head coach Toby and assistant coach Mark.
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.