Robina QTS series Race # 5
15th January 2018
Super Sprint – 400/15/4
RACE RESULT – Female Race Winner / 1st 16-19 Years / 22nd Overall
First race of the year and a great time to practice for the oncoming season. They say what you being your year with is what you will be doing for the rest of the year. Let’s hope that holds true.
This race wasn’t a major one for me, but I didn’t conserve myself.
To quote Ashleigh Gentle: “Every time you go into a tri you want to win. That’s what you do.”
I believe in this statement 100%.
Although I wasn’t getting worked up over the race, I still had my usual race day nerves and wanted to perform to my ability; showcasing the hours of hard work and training. I wanted to do a rehearsal of what I wanted Adelaide to turn out like.
My swim was reasonable as I got out with most of the girls I usually do and not too far from the leaders. I was in a great pack and position and was keen to get on the bike. Although, I would still love to be a bit faster, but that will come with time (and the help of salt water/wetsuit).
I had been practicing my swim-to-bike transition so much, I wanted to try and put it into a race scenario.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find my bike thanks to the extreme popularity of these races, but one I found it, I knew what I had to do. I ran with my bike, took hold of the handle bars and LEAPED on. Yes, I LEAPED! I couldn’t believe I did it. My right foot went straight into the shoe (thanks to the rubber bands), but due to my utter surprise in myself, I missed my left one. But all was good! I had mounted the bike some-what gracefully and was ready to launch my attack.
The bike went down like most of my non-drafting races; I was chasing the lead mouse. The cross wind on the first lap took me by surprise and it took me at least the full first lap to get into a rhythm. After the first lap, I had caught most of the front girls and was putting time into most of the girls. On the last turn around, (thanks Kaya for the cornering encouragement :)) I was already thinking about how many people were in front; how many I would have to chase down. I began to mentally prepare myself for the run.
Once I got off the bike, I began to chase. Although, this day was extremely hot and I was beginning to feel it. I didn’t feel as comfortable as I normally do coming off the bike. But, then again, I don’t think anyone felt comfortable in these conditions. I just focused on leaning forward, high cadence and relaxing my upper body. By the end of the first straight I was in the lead. From then I tried to keep up my cadence and speed, settling into a strong rhythm.
It felt great to finish and finally get in the shade after the race. The volunteers were lovely and extremely helpful, taking our timing bands and supplying ample water.
Shout out to the SCTA crew for their awesome performances and gaining points for 2018 Age Group World Championship selection. Also to all the SCTA sponsors for supporting our crew and providing the apparel and fuel to keep us going.
It was a steaming start (mind the pun :)) to the 2018 racing season. I can’t wait for more.