Robina Race Report
Date – 13/01/19
Distance – 300/8/2.5
Result – 1st U/14 Years Male – 2nd Overall
It was the 5th race of the QTS series and it was a great one. There was a bit of panic the night before my race as I was getting everything ready the night before until I realised I had forgotten my tri suit. Yep that’s right, one of the most important things and I had forgotten it. Luckily, I was staying with the Marsh’s and they were able to lend me one… thankfully.
Me and Toby had decided that we were going to use this race as a training race in the lead up of preparation for Canberra the following week, so this meant no taper. With no taper off a hard week of training the body was always going to be a little bit sore, surprisingly for me I felt great and was ready to go.
The Vorgee MK11 were the goggles of choice for the swim, as there a lighter tint compared to my other goggles which was beneficial for the time my wave started (early in the morning). I had done quite a bit of slow aerobic swimming for a warm-up with a little bit of pick-ups towards the end of it, me and coach have figured out this is what works best for me before the race. A short run warm-up with a few run drills and some run throughs was done before I hoped into the water.
In my race I had an extremely strong swimmer in Tom Feldmann, the plan was to get onto his feet and let him pull me around the swim, which I did execute quite well I had gotten out to the turn buoy with him however after a long week of hard training the arms were quite heavy and he had pulled away.
I headed into T1 with two other guys with Tom being further ahead and overall I was quite happy with the swim I had as I had a bit of time onto my bigger competition in that race in Sebastian and Ethan. I had a great T1 and was onto the bike in 2nd.
I was feeling good on the bike however I knew Ethan and Seb were closing in on me and they had eventually caught me with about 2.5km to go on the 8km bike leg. However when the boys came past me I had worked to try and stay with, which I did successfully and the 3 of us headed into T2 together. I was extremely happy with where I was off the bike and felt I had put myself into a good spot to do well.
Onto the run and I wasn’t feeling that great, I had battled a stitch throughout the 1st km m or so but was able to breath it out and get going. I had put time into the two boys behind me and was finally starting to get into a rhythm. It was a 2.5km run and I did seem to struggle a little bit during the run, but I guess that was expected after a tough week of training. I was stoked to hold on and take the win in my category and 2nd overall with Tom taking the win.
Once again a massive thanks to all the sponsors who had played a key role in supplying the equipment for the race along with everybody else who has helped in supporting and preparing me for this race.
Next Race will be Round # 2 of the Triathlon Australia National Junior / Youth Series this weekend at Canberra.