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