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GEELONG RACE REPORT

On the weekend I travelled to Geelong in Victoria for my first race of the 2012 season. After many weeks of solid training under the guidance of my new coach Michelle Dillon, I was pumped to finally have a hit out to see what shape I was in. It was a sprint distance race, or half Olympic Distance, which consisted of a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run. The shorter sprint format does not suit me as much as the Olympic distance but it is nice to have a race done in under an hour.

 

I went into the race with no expectation and ready to just go hard and see what my body was capable of. I started on the less favourable left side of a deepwater start, I thought it would suit me better and there would hopefully be less pushing and shoving in the water. I started beside a close mate from New Zealand and the fastest swimmer in the Triathlon World Series of Slovakia. I had a good start and decided to follow the feet of the Slovakian,after a couple hundred meters I thought the pace was a little easy so I swam around him at a pace I thought was good. I lead around the first turn buoys and felt comfortable so I tried to up the pace to string the field out.

 

I exited the water first and with a bit of a lead which I wasn't expecting, there was a large pack behind my to I used the gap well to get through transition and settle onto the bike before everyone else came rushing threw. I had one other athlete join me early on in the first lap but we were unable to stay away. We rejoined the front group of about 20 athletes. I tried to play the bike leg smart and watch the athletes I thought would be dangerous on the bike. Nothing eventuated on the bike, so I started to get ready to run fast.

 

I dismounted in a great position and was the first one into transition and had a great turn around and was second out of transition behind my training partner Will Clarke. I should of controlled the start of the run a bit more than I did as I tried to run out with Will and all it did was put me into a world of hurt at around the first kilometre mark. I settled down a bit to recover before building into the rest of the run. By the time I started to recover and pick up speed again I had dropped down the field and lost the front group. I felt good on the last lap of 3 but at this stage over such a short race it is a little bit too late.

 

I ended up 16 over all and was reasonably happy to be back racing and also having a semi decent race. It is always good to get the first race under the belt to blow the cobwebs away after nearly five months of no racing, it was a baptism of fire throwing myself into a quality field over a short and fast course but it was a great measure to see where I am at leading into my next races. My next race will be in Devonport, Tasmania and it is the Oceania Olympic Distance Championships on the 10 March.I am looking forward to racing over the Olympic distance races, it is a much different race compared to the sprint distance and with another four weeks of hard training under my belt I am excited!

 
 
 
 
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