For this race, I racked my bike the day before so it was less to organise in the morning. After that we went to the Kurrawa Surf Club for dinner, where I had pasta, and when we got back to where we where we were staying I got ready for the next morning. I had a very comfortable sleep but the neighbours were really loud all night.
The next morning I had breakfast and we left to go to the race. When we got there I set up my transition and headed down to the club tent to cheer on the people in the races before mine.
When the time came I did my warm up, which included a ten minute jog and run drills, and an easy swim with some fast intervals. When I was waiting on the start line everyone was pushing to get a good spot but I held my ground - I could see two other good swimmers just a few people down. When we started I sprinted out and immediately went to the other two, and by the end of the swim, we all came out together. The run into transition wasn't as long as it looked. I put my helmet on, grabbed my bike and ran across the mount line to start riding.
On the way out the headwind was really strong and I could already feel my legs starting to fatigue but I kept going. When I turned around I got out of the saddle and tried to make the most of what was now the tail wind. The whole rest of the ride went well.
When I came out of transition for the second time I was sitting in 5th but my legs still felt a bit fresh. About half way through the first lap I moved up to 4th. By this time I was feeling confident in my run but the leaders were still slowly making ground on me. Still, I was happy that made the run without any shin pain thanks to my Mizuno shoes. What a difference a pair of shoes can make.
Overall, I happily crossed the line in 4th place. I was really happy with how the race unfolded but I still need to work on my bike strength.