Aquathlon: 2.5km run – 1000m swim – 2.5km run
Result: 4th Place 16-17 Years and 17th Female Overall
Triathlon: 750m swim - 20km bike - 5km run
Results: 7th Place16-19 category
What a weekend of racing! This weekend had me competing in two events over the two days and was highly enjoyable with the great support of the SCTA squad. It was awesome to see so many SCTA athletes competing this weekend and cheering each other on. Extremely thankful for the entries into this weekend’s races from the Queensland Tri Series. Your support is greatly appreciated!
The Aquathlon was on Saturday morning with some nice sunny weather. My first run was not the best as the lead girls set a cracking pace and I just didn’t manage to find my rhythm. I jumped into the swim with my asthma playing up and upsetting my breathing pattern. After the first 500m of the swim I felt more comfortable after breaking it up with a little run onto the sand and then heading in for another 500m.
The second half of my swim was a lot better after managing to settle down my breathing and get into a rhythm. As I headed out for my second 2.5km run I felt a lot fresher and felt more comfortable when I was running. I was really happy with my second run, managing to peg back a few places.
The Triathlon was on Sunday morning and was quite overcast with some strong winds. My swim was not exactly what I was hoping for due to lifting my head to much to sight the buoys because the lake was very choppy. My first transition was fast and I managed to push past the carnage at the mount line and have a successful mount.
The bike was extremely windy and the course consisted of a lot of turns and changing of direction. I felt really strong on the bike but struggled a little bit coming into the headwind. I had another successful dismount and transition and headed out onto the run course. I felt extremely comfortable on my run, settling in on the first lap and coming home strong on the second lap. I managed to pick up some time that I had lost in the swim and gained some places. I was extremely happy with my run and how well I paced myself, compared to other races where I usually went out a little too fast and couldn’t come home as strong.
Overall, I couldn’t be happier with my races this weekend and enjoyed being out on the track with some extremely talented athletes along side me. Great to be out racing with the SCTA crew and all the support I received from the squad and Toby. Huge shout out to Mizuno, Apollo Bikes and Felt Bikes Australia, after receiving a little package of goodies from them with two new pairs of shoes, a pair of Wave Inspires 14 for training and some light weight Sonics for racing, and also some lights to keep me visible and safe on those early morning rides. Can’t wait to try these out!
In terms of improvement, I am looking to get some more open swims done when I will be training back on the coast on the school holidays with Toby and the squad. I just need to get some experience back in the ocean and prepare before State champs in March next year. Big thanks to Clif Bars Australia for fuelling me for this weekend’s races with the Gels, Bloks and Bars.
Next race will be the first round of the Australian Junior Series at Runaway Bay for the Super Sprint Weekend 13th-16th December
Race - Queensland All Schools Triathlon - Lake KAwana
Date - 28/10/18
Distance - 750m swim - 20km bike - 5km run
Results - 9th Senior Girls / 2nd in Darling Downs / Qualified for Qld Schools Tri Champs
My first race for the season! I woke up excited to finally race after months of training and preparation for this season. After setting up my gear in transition I made my way to the club tent to hydrate and rest my legs before the race. Toby and I looked at the plan for the race and what I needed to implement in. We went through getting a good start in the swim to stay close to the leaders and have a good transition to the bike. I had to make sure I watched the corners and powered around them quickly to reduce losing time. For the run, I just needed to settle in to a rhythm and tap it out best I could to try and peg a few girls back and have a strong finish to the race.
After this it was time to warm up. I went for my usual ten minute run with run drills and a swim to fire me up before briefing. To give me the extra fuel for the race I ate CLIF BLOK Energy Chews. Before I knew it I was lining up on the start line, looking at the orange buoy ahead.
The swim consisted of the usual chaos to the first buoy, but I managed to escape the carnage and settle in beside two girls. I was happy with my swim, coming out in tenth position, making it a huge improvement to my previous triathlons. I felt relaxed after the swim and headed into transition for the bike.
My first transition was successful with a reasonable mount, as I quickly made my way out onto the course and settled in for the five laps. I shot down a CLIF Shot Energy Gel to refuel me after the swim. My first lap was high intensity, however by the third lap I was lacking the aggression I spoke about with Toby before the race. After five laps I dismounted my bike and ran into transition.
I grabbed my hat and race belt and tried to settle in for the five kilometres ahead. There was no doubt that it was warming up and I knew I could pick up a few places if I concentrated. My first lap was uncomfortable and not as fast as I would have liked, with my breathing not being the best. As I moved into the second lap I knew I could push it home. The second lap I started to implement in what Toby had spoken about and picked up my cadence, enabling me to pass a few girls and finish in ninth position.
Overall, I was extremely happy with my end result. I am stoked to have made the Darling Downs team and secure a spot for the State Championships next March. For the first race of the season, I am excited to see that I have more base fitness than previous years, which will come in handy for eight weeks of school holidays, where I will be training with Toby and the SCTA squad. Hopefully, with the extra fitness under my belt, I can build on it more than I have in previous years and gain some more skills to help with my racing.
In terms of improvement, I am looking at improving my bike skills and gearing. I also need to control my breathing more so that I am getting enough oxygen into the body and can settle into the run earlier. If I can work on implementing these into my race, I will be able to improve my racing results.
It was an exciting start to the season!
Next race is back at Lake Kawana with the Qld Aquathlon Champs - 17th November and Race # 3 of the Queensland Triathlon Series - 18th November. Two races in one weekend, let’s see what we can do!
Date - 19/8/18
Race – Sunshine Coast Marathon 5km
Time – 21.06 minutes
Place – 5th Female overall / 2nd 15-17 Years Female
The Sunshine Coast delivered today with its perfect weather, making it a great day for a run. The atmosphere of the crowd was amazing and I really enjoyed this one. I felt extremely strong throughout the race and was really happy with how I went, coming 5th overall in the females.
Trying out my new Mizuno wave riders gave me the support that I needed whilst still maintaining my speed. Loved the colours!!
Once again thanks to CLIF Bar Australia for fuelling me for the race and a huge thanks to Mizuno for providing me with entry into the race and the new shoes.
Thanks to Coach; Toby Coote, one more step in our long road to success.
Next race will be back at the track in Toowoomba with Toowoomba Secondary School Sport athletics.
QCIS Athletics – Queensland Combined Independent Schools
Race – QCIS Athletics
Distance – 1500m and 800m
Time – 5.22 (1500) and 2.36 (800) Meet Record
Place – 2nd in 1500m and 1st in 800m in U16 Girls
It was a nerve racking start being the first QCIS event I have attended but I was excited to see the competition and test my racing ability once again.
It was a bit windy heading into the home straight of the track but I managed to tuck in behind someone for majority of the race. It came to the last lap of the 1500 and I could feel my pace dropping so I tried to push through as much as I could but it wasn’t the time that I was looking for in the end.
In the 800 I was determined to give it my absolute all and leave nothing left in the tank. I had a good start sitting in second. After I heard the bell for the last lap I knew that I was in with a chance so I started to pick up the cadence and with 300m to go I managed to pass the front girl. The last 200m I just wanted to push it home and try and hold her off. I managed to take out the win and break the 800m record by 2 seconds.
Although the times may have not been what I was initially hoping for, I am extremely happy with how I performed and are feeling really strong and healthy for the upcoming races.
Huge thanks to CLIF Bar Australia for fuelling me for the race with their BLOKS energy chews.
Next race is the Sunshine Coast Marathon 5km this Sunday.