Race Report - Ryan Marsh
My goal for the tough race was to try and finish in the top 6 and qualify for Nationals, as well as racing relaxed.
Day/Date - 24th of February, 2017 - Friday
Race Start: 9am
Race Number: 149
Race Result: 5th Junior Male / Selected in Queensland Team for National Schools Triathlon Champs
I went for a light jog for 10 minutes, followed by some run drills and explosive sprints before, doing a swim warm up before the race start.
The race start was going to be hectic as there were over 80 people starting together. I knew I would have to position myself well for the swim start. I started on the inside next to a stronger swimmer, which I believed that tactic would advantage me as I would have someone faster to try and swim off. The race started, arms and legs were everywhere, luckily, I had a good start and knew I would just have to try and stay with the faster swimmers to ensure a fast swim. But my plan didn't work out and I didn’t have the greatest swim. I ran into transition in 44 position, I managed a fast transition and gained positions that I lost in the water.
On the bike, I didn’t focus on how far back I was to the leaders but focused on coming off the bike in the top 3. While riding, I pushed myself very hard to try and catch up in to the top five. I capitalized a strong bike leg that saw myself come off the bike with the 2nd fastest time in 5nd spot.
On the run, I knew I had to go as hard as I could and try and stay in front of other athletes, which were chasing me. After the first lap of the run I was sitting in 3rd place, but I was slowly fading and I was passed on the last lap by two people and finished overall in 5th place to qualify to represent Queensland in the School Sport Triathlon Team.
Debrief with Coach Toby Coote, hydrated with fluids, then went for a light 10-minute cool down, stretched. After looking at the result I knew the race was close but not as close as 23 seconds separating 1st and 5th. I was really pleased with my result after coming 31st last year.