Way Out West Triathlon (Perth, WA) Race # 3 Australian Junior Series
Day/Date: 3/2/18- 4/2/2018
Saturday - 350m/12km/2.5km – x2 Draft Legal
Sunday - 200m/6km/1.5km
Saturday - 8:30am and 12:00pm
Sunday - 10:30am
Race Report – Way out West Triathlon Race #1 – The Heat
Preparation for the race – Hydration was going to play a very important part on this weekend’s race, Perth is a different heat then what I’m used to but it’s still going to be a hot one. It’s important that I follow my plan of attack.
Transition set up – We had specific places to rack our bikes based on numbers. I was number 7 so I was happy with where I was racked, right near the mount line. Which is always a good spot to be in.
Briefing for race – The course was interesting, half way through the swim we had to get out, run along the pontoon and jump into the water to finish off the rest of the swim, the bike was going to be fast and so was the run. I understood the course and knew what I had to do.
Swim- It was going to be a rough start, I had a good line to the can and all I had to do was get a good start to set myself up. “Take your marks,” and the siren went. I had a great start and had a meter lead from the start. Putting into action what Toby and I have been working on in training. I was first to the buoy. Before hitting the ramp to get out and run to the next section Lachlan Jones and I where at the front, I was happy with my position, all I had to do was hold it. Getting out of the water is a strength for me, I seem to have the right amount of urgency to get out and run to the next diving point. I ran out of the water and executed a good dive with some kicks to keep my speed up, got back into a rhythm and headed towards the exit.
Transition 1- Getting out of the water in 3rd spot, I was stoked with my swim but I knew I had to get out and run to insure I got on the front pack, I didn’t work this hard for nothing… Helmet on and out and mounting the bike.
Bike- Quickly getting my shoes on while I had the time to do so and sticking with the pack, it was an interesting pack where no one really wanted to work together. We had a pack of 12 and the chase pack was gaining. I probably did a lot more work then I should have in the pack, By the second lap the chase pack had caught up. Everyone decided to sit up which meant that it was going to be down to a running race. I knew that there was about 18+ of us in the pack and I needed to get top 14. I positioned myself in mid pack heading into transition.
Transition 2- Dismounting and sprinting into transition I needed to relax and focus on the process. I needed a quick transition to get out in a good spot. Bike racked, shoes on and helmet off and I was gone. Coming in mid pack leaving in about 5th.
Run- I ran out with Lorcan, I knew he could run and just had to sit with him for the first race, everyone started to string out after the first lap, it was important to look at the people to make sure I was in the top 14 people to get into the A final. The pack of runners quickly grew. There was now a group of about 8 of us. I decided to serge from the group just to insure no surprises. I finished the race in 3rd spot, which was a nice little confidence booster going into the next race.
A well-executed race, all I need to do is repeat what I did in this race for the final.
Race Report – Way out West Triathlon # 2 - The Final
Preparation for the race
After the warm down, rest time, feeding time and everything else, it was time to start mentally preparing for the next race. The course and transition was the same as the first race.
Swim- The number of boys on the start line for this race was halved, I positioned myself again in a similar spot to the first race and had my race plan in mind. As the siren went we were off again, I had another good start, heading to the first can it got a bit rough, I was smacked, dragged and swum over by the other guys, which made it a bit difficult to find some clear, open water. Swallowing a lot of water, I needed to find some clear water to try and make up some lost ground… At the half way jump out point I got out of the water, ran and dived to try and make up some lost ground. This is where my first mistake happened, instead of jumping to the side closer to the buoy I jumped to the right (further away) I also landed on another athlete, which lost me some momentum, I had to swim over 2 people to get back inline with the buoy before turning at the can and heading into transition.
Transition 1- Getting out a bit behind where I should have been, I know that I needed to move to try and get in that front pack. Helmet on and grabbed my bike and I was out.
Bike- Running towards the mount line, mounting and getting up to speed to try and catch up to the front pack. The front pack had about 8 riders and I was in a pack of about 6 people. If we all worked together we could catch up to the front pack. Turns out no one really wanted to work, I had done way more work then I wanted to do, I was working with Lorcan as much as possible to try to close the gap. On the last lap of the bike I got out of the saddle and cramped in my calves. I had a lap to try and get rid of it, sitting down and stretching them out. Heading into transition I positioned myself in a bad spot, towards the back off the pack.
Transition 2- Heading into transition I knew it had to be quick, I had lost a bit of time from the front pack. I raced into transition and racked my bike, got my shoes on and took off my helmet and this is where I made the mistake… As I took my helmet off My glasses hit the side of the box and went under my bike, there wasn’t enough time to pick them up.
Run- I ran out of transition with the pack, I knew that I needed to get ahead of the pack to try and put some time into them, so I had enough time to serve my penalty. For the first kilometre was a struggle, I had major cramps in my calves, I had to take it easy and try and run the cramps out, after the turn around they started to come good. I ran towards the turnaround point before looking at the white board and seeing my number, I stopped and served my first penalty, when it was over I ran out and determined to catch the next guy. Finished the race in 12th.
Summary- Way Out West triathlon had a great start with a disappointing ending. Know it’s time to rest up and recovery and have a good hit out in the Team relays tomorrow.
Before the tag- The team had caught up to the top 6, it was an amazing effort, Emma Hogan was running into the tag zone. It was an amazing effort, the tag took place and we where in 3rd spot, I knew that the swim was going to be important.
Swim- I ran down the ramp and dived into the water, I was in the lead, heading to the first can. My goggles filled up with water that made it a little bit difficult to see the next buoy. I managed to find the buoy and head into the ramp to run into transition.
Transition 1- Running into Transition in the lead, a quick transition was important, no room for errors. I put on my helmet and ran to the mount line.
Bike- Getting on the bike, getting my shoes on and getting up to speed, there was a pack of three of us, I was trying to be strategic with my placement, although with a small group of people you don’t really get time to rest. I did a fair bit of work on the front then I wanted too. The last 1km of the bike there was a break away. I was left with another person going into transition.
Transition 2- I racked my bike, put my shoes on and took my helmet off and ran out of transition.
Run- It had to be a fast run, it was only 1.25km run, I could see the leader had about 50m on me. It was a fast run, I started to pull back a few meters on first, although after that there was nothing, we stayed the same distance apart from each other. I ended up crossing the line in 2nd place.
Again, none of this would be possible without my Coach Toby Coote, the Sponsors of the Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy / Protector Aluminium Junior scholarship and of course my Family and friends support as always is the reason I can even compete. Thank you to all.