These past 6 months have gone pretty fast and the experiences I have had with not only racing but also at training has been amazing and a massive learning experience. The support I have received from friends, family, sponsors and Toby has been incredible. Without this support it would have been difficult to be reach my current level of achievement. Twenty fifteen really pushed me to show off my full potential.
June and July was a quiet time in training, winter is not the finest time to train for triathlon, the cold dark mornings were the worst to get up and motivated. However I had the right mind set for Duathlon worlds in Adelaide and the people I was surrounded by at training made it a lot easier to enjoy.
The beginning of August was where most of the racing began. The first race back was Moreton Bay Grand Prix Duathlon. This was a hot day and left me with 3rd overall. I saw it as a great training race for Worlds. At this point everything I had done was all towards that performance. The next race was at Springfield, The Queensland Duathlon Championship and that day began with a 3am leave on a freezing morning, but it was all worth it as I came home with the win. This boosted my confidence substantially and made me mentally prepared for worlds. It now really just came down to the training. And there was so much training.
At the end of August it was the Rainbow Beach Double Triathlon. I had good luck that morning as the first day ended up being a Duathlon, which was 2.5km run 20km bike and 2.5km run. I finished that day at 2nd overall and had a great pub feed to celebrate. The next day the ocean was fine enough to swim in so it was back to swimming; I ended up doing pretty well and placed 1st overall female for the weekend.
The racing had slowed down for a bit until the end of September; this was the first race for the Queensland Triathlon series, which was held at Robina. This was a longer race than usual - a 800m-swim 32km bike and 6km run. It was a perfect day for racing and it was a good learning experience of a race. This was my last race before worlds.
About two weeks before Adelaide was when I was really started to get nerves. Everyone at training was so great to me over the weeks, pushing me though every session, especially the boys at riding on a Tuesday and Thursday morning, their encouragement really kept me going.
It was October and off I went to Adelaide, and it was HOT! The atmosphere was great and it got me in a competitive mood pretty quickly. Toby came down the night before my race and he saw the nerves kick in pretty bad as we went around Adelaide searching for food- I insisted on chicken and rice.
Race day was here and I was pumped feeling great and ready to race. I was so thankful for all the support I received from messages and the people that were there to support me on the day; it was a great race and I put all my skills to the test - unfortunately somethings in racing can’t be taught at training and you just learn from racing. After being in the lead for most of the race I finished in 4th.
Adelaide was over and so it was back to normal training. I got back and it was my last few weeks of university for the year so I was a bit overwhelmed with training, work and school; however I went all right.
Towards the end of November it was the Queensland Aquathlon championship in Kawana; it was a good race and I finished with 2nd overall and 1st in my age group. The next day I backed it up and raced round 2 of the Queensland triathlon series finishingnin 3rd place.
Most of the racing was finished for the year and December came around pretty fast. It was great fun with our Christmas ride and Christmas party. That following week was the start of the Christmas block (long hard training). Over the 4 days we completed over 300km riding and over 20km of running. It was fun in the end.
The first race of the year was Australian Youth Championships that was held at Robina this year on Saturday it was a late race starting at 4:30 in the afternoon. The Sunday was the Australian Sprint Championships. Both races were an experience and I pushed though to finish both.
As you have read the last 6 months have been great for me and I really appreciate the support I received to make this all possible and enjoyable. I’m excited to see what this year brings for me.
A massive thanks to all the sponsors associated with the SCTA / HCAUS Junior scholarship.
Here is a snapshot the results for the past 6 months
Caloundra Foreshore 10km Run - 3rd Overall
Moreton Bay Duathlon - 3rd Overall
Qld Duathlon Champs - Race Winner and State Champ 18-19 Years
Rainbow Beach Double Triathlon (2 sprint distances races over 2 days) - Race Winner
Qld Aquathlon Champs - 18-19 Years State Champ and 3rd Overall
Qld Tri Series Race # 1 - 5th Opens
Qld Tri series Race # 3 - 3rd Opens
World Duathlon champs- 4th ITU Junior Female – 1st Aussie
Sunshine Coast Sports Federation Junior Sportstar of the Year Nomination - Month of November
Australian Junior Series Race # 2 - 31st ITU Junior Female
Qld Tri Series Race # 5 + Australian Sprint Champs - 5th 16-19 Years Female
Race: Round 1 (Queensland triathlon series) Robina.
This morning was perfect weather to wake up and compete. My wake up wasn't to early as I was fortunate to be able to stay at Brodie's Aunt's so my alarm was set for 4:40am to Arrived at the venue at 5:30 for transition opening.
10 minutes with run drills and run through. Legs felt good. But mind wasn't really in the right place. 10 minutes swim warm. It was so long due to the fact I know I need more time to warm up for the swim.
Had a very fast start with the girls going out full gas and to myself they seemed as though they never slowed down. I worked hard to get on the girls feet in front, but it just wasn't happening. This put me out of the water in 5th just in front of Brooke Willis
Brooke caught me easy on the run into transition and was able get on the bike much faster than me as I took awhile to get my wetsuit off. Was a good mount onto the bike, however I was a bit slow with getting my shoes on.
The wind was pretty strong this morning. But I got low and pushed pretty hard on the bike to catch the girls in front of me. I felt nice on the bike and enjoyed it. I felt as though my bike was good.
Shoes on and went, straight out I went right behind Annelise.
Legs felt really heavy. I worked hard to try and stay with Anne for the run, however my legs just we're not feeling it. Unfortunately what is normally my best leg in a triathlon became the worst on this day. I was happy I finished though.
What I have learnt from this race:
- Riding the course at least once before the race. I was pretty confused when I was racing on knowing where to go.
- the swim, wow I need to work on swimming.
- the run was very disappointing and I think it a lot mental than physical. I know my body can go faster than that because I've done it before. So I need to work on getting over the pain in my head and go.
Rainbow beach Double Triathlon
Position - RACE WINNER - Female
August 22-23st 2015 Pre race:
Saturday morning began with a smallish sleeping till 7:00 to be on the rollers at 7:30. The weather was very gross and it had rained heavy all night. We spent about 40 minutes on the rollers with 10 minutes of 1 minute race pace and 1 minute easy. Saturday felt like a long day, as my 1st race didn’t start till 3:30, therefore I ate lunch at 11:30 and watched movies all day resting my legs. Swim was cancelled so Saturday race became a duathlon (2.5km, 20km, 2.5km)
Warm up (first race):
Bike in transition. Warm up 10 mintues run on the course. Run drills and 4, 50m effects.
Up hill felt like torture, legs felt ready. I do however feel I may have gone to hard and could of slowed down a bit. But felt god.
good transition, got on the bike and went.
A very flat course, straight out 10km and straight back, because of being sick I felt very crap on the bike and lost my position form 1st to 4th. Overall the ride was definitely a loss
Shoes and went.
This run felt the same as first, legs weren’t to tired and I smashed it up the hills, putting myself in a good position for the next day at 2nd
10 min easy run
20 mintues on the rollers spinning the legs out
10 minute run, run drills and run throws. Legs felt pretty heavy but still had something left. 10 minutes swim with 2 efforts
Swim (750m)- finally a swim
pretty chopping waters and it had been a while since I had swum in the ocean for a race. Differently didn’t swim in a straight line and was extremely hard to sight the finally boy.
Went well. However I forgot to put my shoes on the right way.
This bike went much better than the day before. I had come out of the water with 2 other girls (1st and 2nd) and I worked hard for them not to catch me. An older lady, which was stronger on the bike over, took me and paced me back into transition. Giving me lots of room from the other girls.
running shoes on and legs didn’t want to complete those hills
There probably wasn’t any more pain I could feel on this last run. My legs were screaming, but I gave the hills as much effort I could and gave myself a strong finish to take out 1st female for the weekend.
Things I have learnt and can change or improve on next time:
The main thing I took away from this weekend was my recovery. It was very hard for me to know how much recovery I really needed to complete for the next day. The thing I would change next time in my recovery is make it longer and add some 30 sec speed work to get the lactic out of my legs for the next day. Also putting my shoes on the correct cleats would help. Other than that I am happy how I preformed this weekend.
Race: Queensland Duathlon Champs
It was a freezing morning and a early start of a 3:30am wake up. Arrived at the venue at 5.30am for transition opening.
20 minutes with run drills and run through. Legs felt good. Body was freezing. That was the reasoning of the long warm up.
1st run: 5km
Had a very fast start with the girls going out full gas, they started to slow down, but I had power and legs felt good to keep my pace and get on the bike first.
Was a good mount onto the bike, however I was a bit slow with getting my shoes on.
Lots of hills, my gearing was alright, however I think I could of chosen better, as the laps went on my knowledge of how to ride the course improved. Legs were super tired at this point.
Shoes on and went, straight out in 1st with a 40 sec lead on 2nd place
Legs felt really heavy, but mentally I was feeling amazing which kept me going.
Race Winner – fastest Female
18-19 years Queensland Champion
What I have learnt from this race:
Riding the course at least once before the race. And my turning down the hills on the bikes were sloppy. The run, I know I went out to hard, so I need to know my pace. Other than that I am very happy with race.
Race Report: Moreton bay Grand Prix 2015
Position- 3rd overall female
August 1st 2015
The day started of early with a 3.5km swim set at the pool at 6am. Just an easy skill base set. I want home and had breakfast and stocked up on electrolytes. We left the house at 9 to get there for race check in at 10.
Warm up (first race):
3 laps on the bike with three 30secs efforts, legs felt good on the warm up. Run warm up was not completed for the first race, as I didn’t know I was racing both.
RACE # 1 - 2km Run / 7km Bike / 1.5km Run
Up hill felt like torture, legs were differently not ready for that
good transition, got on the bike and went.
First hill was hard as I wasn’t very warmed, however as the race went on I felt my body get more warmed up. 2nd and 3rd lap wasn’t so painful.
Shoes and went.
This run felt much better than the first, felt really good and had quick feet, however I do feel as though I can push it that little bit further. Ended up 3rd overall
5 min easy run and 10 minutes on the rollers, at that point my body was feeling good.
Warm up (2nd race)
10 minute run, run drills and run throws. Legs felt pretty heavy but still had something left.
Race # 2 - 2km Run / 9km bike / 1.5km Run / 9km Bike/ 1.5km Run
Run # 1 (2km)
still had a very bad run up the hill loosing the girls in front very fast.
Bike # 1 (9km)
First bike went well as I felt I was gaining on the girls in front, hills were still hard on the legs and I had to use small gearing. Down hill decent the gearing wasn’t at a strong point and my turns weren’t very good. It was very hot so all the water on my bike was gone for the next ride.
Shoes and went
Run # 2 (1.5km)
kept a good pace where I was comfortable, but still felt very heavy on the legs on the slight up hill
On the bike very poorly and rode like a grandma, my legs felt the pain
Bike # 2 (9km)
started to loose more time off the girls as each hill I was dropping
Shoes on and went
Run # 3 (1.5km)
finally leg, and I wish I had more water, legs were very sore eyes were tried and I had enough. Still pushed through to the end, however I know I can race better than that.
10 minutes run
What would I do different and what I have learnt from this race:
During this race I learnt a variable lesion that I need to forces more on my hill climbing as that is where I lost it most in the run and bike. Same with the decent the gearing was wrong and the positioning of myself on the bike. What I would do differently is a run warm up for the first race. Maybe also run faster; get my brain switched on so I could focus on a sprint race.