I had been looking forward to Mooloolaba for a few weeks (my feet had been getting itchy following my great result at 70.3 Geelong.
I headed up to the Sunshine Coast the day before the event this year. I had the luxury of access to Ironman VIP lounge to watch the World Cup races. I was also asked to present the flowers to the podium finishers from the men’s race, which was a fabulous opportunity.
I was quite exhausted after all the fanfare of the elite race and retired pretty early on Saturday night following a short run and a burger at the Alex pub.
I woke on race morning feeling fantastic. I took my time in transition and had plenty of time to spare heading down to the start line. Due to the weather conditions on the previous day the swim had been altered and was now a horse shoe shape held within the protected area near the sea break. This meant an 800m run up the beach after the swim exit.
I had a great start in the swim and turned the first buoy in fourth. I settled in quickly and paid attention to the two out in front. Rounding the final buoy I decided to accelerate. Having practiced my ins and outs the week before, I knew that if I was going to catch a wave I would need to be kicking hard with my head down. I landed a good one and exited the water 50m ahead of the other girls. I decided to make a break on the sand and hurt myself heading to transition to create a gap. Half way across the beach I realised how beautiful the day was and caught myself just enjoying the location for a little bit before I attacked the soft sand and stairs heading towards transition.
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I had a quick transition and good leap onto the TT bike and headed out onto the bike course. My bike was rather un eventful. I had to contend with a bunch of males that kept dropping in in front of me commencing from around the 18k mark. I just sat up and let them go. I had a strong lead and did not want to have anything go wrong. The wind was swirly on the bike with no clear wind direction. I just powered on and enjoyed the fast sections.
I took it easy over the hills into T2 and gathered myself before the run. I had a quick T2, keeping it simple only throwing the shoes on and picking up everything else as I left T2 (hat, sunnies etc). I gunned it out of T2. I wanted to be on the hill by the time the other girls sore me. After the first turn (3k mark) I settled down and cruised for 4k before bringing it home for the last 3k.
Photo credit: Aussportstv.com
Overall, I was delighted with the result. I am so grateful to be back on the podium this year. I really do appreciate being fit again after a couple of poor years following injury. With any luck (and some more training) this will continue this year. I have some exciting race plans this year and cannot wait to share them soon.
Next week I am off to Batemans Bay for the Challenge Half and cannot wait.
Thanks Nick from Endura for my updated nutrition plan and Thanks to Trent Patten, Pete Dennis and my training buddies at Red Dog, Brooks Australia, Scotty at Flight Centre Active Travel, Scody, Phil from M5Management, CompressSport, Matty at Avanti Plus the Valley, Scott Bikes, Nathan at No More Knots, Orca and Rudy Project Aus.