Race: AJTS Race 3 - Devonport
Category: Junior Men
Result: 25th Place ITU Junior Male
It was time for the third race of the AJTS at Devonport. I was keen to race and make up for my poor race at State Schools in Hervey Bay. I was eager to have a good race, and was in good form and in a good mindset coming into the race.
The swim was a beach start, another packed start line with minimal room to move. It was a good swim course with a little bit of swell. I knew it would be hectic to get to the first swim buoy. I made sure that I was ready for when the start gun was going to go off. We were off and racing and knew I had to be aggressive at the start in order to have a good swim. I was positioned in a decent position and knew that the bike would be a good place to make up some ground.
I came out of the swim in a good position not with the top age junior but the boys my age. I got onto the bike and was already in a small group. We were a bit slow to start working together, but once we did we started to catch the bike group in front. It was the final lap of the bike and I could see the bike group we had been chasing just in front, so I knew I had to go know in order to catch them. I attacked up the hill and caught the group by the top turnaround. Tactically, I knew I just needed to sit on and get ready for a fat run.
I had a fast and strong bike and was pleased with where I was in the field. I knew that I needed to execute a good run from here on. I got off the bike and couldn't feel my toes due to the cold weather. I even had toe warmers on my bike shoes and it didn’t help. However I wasn’t worried as I knew once I started running they would be fine. I made the mistake of coming off the bike at the back of the pack. This meant when I came out of transition there was basically nobody to run with. I was chasing and made up some positions, but I could get into a fast rhythm until the last lap where it was too late. However I finished strong and was pleased with the race I executed.
Overall, I was very pleased with the race I had and executed. There were a lot of positives to come out of the race after a poor race at State Schools. Know it was time to recover and tune up for the back end of the season.
Thank you to the sponsors for your support of the SCTA Junior Scholarship Program.