This past week I have been away dabbling in the short stuff. I was lucky enough to have timed my trip to see my family for Christmas in line with the Sam White Aquathlon and the Phillip Island F1 racing.
I was returning to the Sam White to attempt what had only been done by Maria Kostavitz (5 x Elite Champ). I had previously won the race 4 times between 2006 and 2009 and returned last year to be beaten on my attempt for 5 titles. It is a really challenging event 1.6k run/500m swim/1.6k run/500m swim/1.6k run with a large part on the soft sand. A pretty good race wrap can be found here https://www.facebook.com/oursportinglifeSA/posts/355514501287512 with some pretty good pics thanks to Peter Argent.
I flew to Melbourne on the Tuesday before New Years to see Mike's family. Then we travelled down to Phillip Island on Friday to have a go at the F1 racing hosted by XOSize at the Phillip Island race track. Thanks to Flight Centre Active Travel for organising my accomodation at the Silverwater Resort and my hire car.
I was feeling pretty tired after a week of travel and only 6 days between races. The boys had three races, two heats and a final. The grils had two heats, with the final position determined by a points scoring system. The fomat was 250/6 (which was 6 hot laps)/1.6 (which was 2 x 800).
Heat 1: In the first race I wore a full tri-suit which was a big mistake. It had drag in the front section and impacted my swim. I was 14 seconds down after the first 250m and could not pull back the gap on Charlotte on the bike. I had a solid run to finish Heat 1 in second. Every second counts in this type of racing an I had a slow T2.
Heat 2: I changed into bathers for heat two and closed the gap to 8 seconds. At T1 I jumped on my bike to find my shoes with the opposite foot forward. I nearly stacked it! I'm telling myself dont panic. Finally I got my feet in but Charlotte got away. I headed onto the run with a large deficit to Charlotte. I did have another fast run and peg some of it back. Conditions were hot.
Second for the day. Not too shabby after a solid week of racing. We are spending a couple of days down on Phillip Island for a break before heading back to Brisbane for some long form training in the lead up to some 70.3 races. Ciao i'm off to see some penguins!