Now that it is over and two weeks on and I look back, I am really proud for my achievement. Can't say I felt that way crossing the finish line….all I wanted to do was sit down and never run again.
I knew this feeling would pass, but if I did sit down, would I be able to get back up……
As I hobbled over to the massage line I dropped my water bottle and as I bent down to pick it up I knew I was in for a few days of pain. As I stood in the massage line, I found fellow first timers, one had even just done a quick google search on how to recover from a marathon. I tried to keep moving as I crept up the line then hoisted my self up on to the massage table.
I already had a few recovery strategies up my sleeve but knew I was going to be struggling for a few days and thanked past Amelia for having the foresight to take an annual leave day for Monday. I spent Monday hobbling around Sydney trying to keep a straight as I tackled simple tasks such as the stairs.
I have to admit I did not complete as much training as I would have liked. Everyone I spoke to before the race said the last 12 km were the hardest, I was prepared for it to be hard, but I was not prepared to be in pain for the entire second half of the race. Everyone said it would hurt but said it was great! I think the pain took over any of the finish line joy.
My race plan was simple, just run and enjoy the race, take in the scenery and don't go out too fast.
Did my race go according to plan well, I finished in under 4 hours, tick, which was seemingly a very farfetched goal as the week before I had run 33km in 3hrs and 30 mins, I ran the whole way and got across the finish line, so I was happy. But oh so much pain…..
I went out a little too fast and suffered through the second half which was a little slower than the first. However my competitive nature was coming out, I thought I had worked hard to be 'on the sub 4 hour bus ' as one spectator had put it, I would be disappointed in myself if I let that slip by, so I pushed on and finished in 3hr 56min and 10 seconds.
Would I do another one, was the question everyone was asking. Immediately after I would have said hell no, I knew it would take me a few day to come around to the idea. Now I think I will do another one…the question is where?
This would never be possible without the my super support team. Kitted out by Foher Multisport (http://www.fohermultisport.com/)and nutritionally supported by Mega (http://www.megabakeenergybar.com.au/)
The moment this Jersey entered my kit collection I couldn't wait to put it on a go for a ride.
Most of you who know me, know I love anything brightly coloured and you will rarely catch me wearing all black or all one colour, especially when it some to my cycling kit. So I'll get down to the important bit, here is my review of the Polka Lemon-Lime jersey
This Polka jersey ticks all the boxes
It is a lovely bright yellow colour which not only stands out but makes you highly viable on the roads.
The fabric is just beautiful, it feels and look amazing
The lime design that runs down the side panel is a great feature to this Jersey to keep it fun and fresh. The lemon lime jersey features 3 rear pockets for all you extras, a hidden full length zip, a waist gripper and silicon injected arm grippers.
The sizing is spot on and a has a great length and over all provides a pro-tailored fit, as always for me any jersey is usually a little big in the bicep department. So for any normal person with regular sized arms this will be a perfect fit.
Perhaps I should do some more bicep curls
Best of all this jersey is deigned by a Brisbane local who sources some of the finest quality fabrics and materials.
Check out their website polkacustoms.com , they also do custom designed kits. Check out their website at www.polkscustoms.com
Happy riding in style with the Polka kit
Sunday the 10th of August I completed my first duathlon at Springfield, as this was my first one I decided on the sprint distance, 5k run/20k bike/ 2.5k run.
Heading out to the race in the dark as usual but this time I was not dreading the start as there was no swim involved so no cold water. I felt a little uneasy and did not know what to expect only running and riding. I had packed my bag the night before and being the triathlete that I am I slipped in a pair of goggles and some of the other things I not normal take to the race such as my transition towel. We got to the transitions area and I grabbed my race pack, put all the stickers on and headed into transition. I racked my bike then started my usual transition routine of clipping in my bike shoes and putting my running shoes neatly to the side of my bike's front wheel.
Luckily I quickly realised that I would need my running shoes on to start the race, duathlon rookie. I was now ready to grab a coffee and prepare to take off my jacket and feel how cold it was. It was freezing and even a hot coffee could not warm me up.
I lined up at the race start and was ready to run, it felt a little strange to be in a tri suit ready to run, I started out quite fast and wasn't sure if if had gone to hard or not but I kept pushing this pace and completed my first 5 in 23:03, very happy with this time it was now on to the bike and ready to test out my new bike fit and saddle and the set of TLR wheels on loan to me for this race and the upcoming world championships.
The bike course offered a hill straight up then another and a another, it was challenging course but I needed to push myself along in preparation for the upcoming world championships. I completed the bike course in 37:16 which I was really happy with, only one more run to finish off the race. I was feeling really strong and completed the final 2.5k in 12 mins 36sec. My combined time gave me third place in my age group which was a great surprise.
This was a very positive race leading into world championships next month, I can't wait to try another Dualthon and better my time. This race is was also using for the first time the TLR racing wheels, stay tuned for a review on these wheels
My bike arrived safely and I was ready to roll on to my hotel and un pack the bike. After getting my bike out, I cruised down to the registration, had a little ride of the course and racked my bike.
I was very excited to receive my goodie pack from the race officials which included a singlet, usually I get the smallest size, which never fits properly or they are all out of small sand I have to get a size that will never fit and is just another race singlet. This time they had plenty of small sizes and were eager to give them out :)
Next order of business was to find somewhere for dinner, a big pasta to polish off my cargo load for the day. Eating carbs the day before the race ensures you have enough stored energy to get you through the race, topping up along the way with gels. So chicken carbonara was on the menu for dinner and I ate until I was with out a doubt full. The loading doesn't end here, when I got back to my accommodation I had 3 rice crackers and some gatorade to top it off to ensure I was hydrated. Off to bed for a good night sleep. Race day tomorrow, I am feeling a little nervous but excited.
Race day was here, leading up to a race, I use it as motivation in training pushing hard to do the best I can in the race when it finally arrives the nerves set in and I think back to the training I have done and think, have I done enough, let's see if the training is working. I was using this race to see where I am at leading up to the big one in Canada, it was also a good opportunity to practice any race nutrition and anything else I might do in the big race. I walked down to the race to put my helmet, bike and run shoes into transition, then headed down to the swim start to do what I call, the wetsuit dance. This involved a very tight wetsuit, a plastic bag, some body glide and some interesting manoeuvres to get into the suit. When I have James(my boyfriend),his strength and height come in handy, first I get my legs in by putting a plastic bag on each foot, for easy access and so you don't put a hole in the suit, then comes the fun part, James grabs the sides and quite literally bounces me into the suit while I try and push myself down. However if I have no helper,I need to do this myself which involves trying to basically squat into the suit, which looks very strange to an on looker but when everyone else is doing it I don't feel so silly.
Now that the suit is on time for a warm up swim and experience the water temperature. The temp wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, getting out of the water to the cool air temp and with a bit of wind however was, freezing. I did some high knees to try and stay warm and wait for the start, I recalled the pre race instruction that were given to me by my coach Jess, go hard for the first 200m inthe swim, find some feet to hang on the back of, out of the swim head down and go hard on the bike, on the run go with what ever is left.
The gun went off and we ran into the water, there was no swell to speak of so I dived straight in and went hard to the first buoy, we were to swim straight along the shore line, and at the fourth pink buoy turn left and head for the shore, seemingly easy but when the buoys are pink and your wave start has pink caps this became somewhat of an issue, the swim seemed long and slow, my time showed, getting out of the swim in 30mins, one of my slowest swim times, getting the wetsuit off take considerably less time than putting it on. Quickly pulling the top half off while coming out of the swim, ripping goggles and cap off going into transition. Pulling the suit down and pulling your legs out, grab the bike and off to the mount line, racing in these colder temps leaves your feet numb, for the first time I used toe cover on my cycling shoes, my shoes are designed to dry your feet and let air circulated through them, this is great in the summer but bitter cold in the winter. The toe covers kept out the wind but my feet did not warm up. A bit of a battle with another cyclist on the bike for the first lap, I would push up and over take, then she would over take me and this went on for the first lap of 20km. Coming in to the second lap she over took me, I tried to stay in touch but she pushed on ahead,I tried to keep and average of 30km/h and coming in with a bike time of 1:17, which I was happy with. I was a bit worried I had gone too hard on the bike and would have nothing lift for the run. I came off the bike strong and ran up beside the cyclist that I have been competing with, I asked her how she went on the run, she relied with "I hate running", I definitely had her beat on this leg, my confidence was boosted. I kept pushing, up ahead I was one of my fellow team mates, struggling I pated her on the back and gave her some encouragement and steamed on ahead, I knew if I kept this pace I would be her :p. I was pushing under 5min kms and wanted to keep it this way, I was worried that I went out too fast as I usually do and my pace would completely drop off the second half of the 10k. I kept pushing giving it my all and kept up the pace. I clocked the 10k in 49:24, the first time I have been under 50mins, my pervious PB was 52mins. I was so excited, not quite a PB overall, 2hr 40mins. I am feeling really confident going into the next 7 weeks of training before I head to Canada.
Wow what a morning! My very first time being a spectator at the super sprint corperate tri, watching all the competitors from the seasoned athletes to the first timers. I saw aero helmets, top of the range time trial bikes to cruiser bikes, woven baskets and even a tonka truck strapped to a bike rack.
The morning stated as any other race I've been to, getting up when it is still dark and driving to the start to get the bike into transition and scope out the ins and outs of the course only this time, all I had to do was get dressed and offer moral support and some encouragement to my wonderful partner on debut.
After dragging him along to a couple of my tri's over the season, the last race I did at kingscliff really got him inspired to have a go, so for the last 6 week, while I was meant to be having a rest, I have had a half break and been coaching and training along side him. The big day was finally here, we arrived at the race start, dark and a bit chilly, which was not expected, to tell you the truth I was pretty happy not to be racing, I pumped up the tires on the bike and we followed the rest of the crowd in the dark to the transition area. Being the corporate tri we had to meet up with the other team mates and discuss tactics, it was a strange and lonely feeling being left on the outside of the transition area but I did get to check out all the other bikes coming into transition. Bikes all racked and as always the next order of business is coffee, I needed a double shot this morning and needed it to be hot to warm me up, after waiting what seemed like forever I finally got my hands on my delicious double shot latte from the wonderful people at coffee me van. Luckily I didn't not have to enter the ever growing port-a-loo line, phew!
They were ready to race, there was no turning back now, we sent team mate number on off to the swim to begin the race as we eagerly awaited his swim exit, coming up strong out of the swim Dave, jumped on the bike and off he went, Luke next in line and quite nervous, only his second time out of the triathlon blocks. As we anticipated how long Dave would take and just when Luke should head to the transition area, we watched for him to come back from the bike, I witnessed some interesting dismounts, one young girl, appeared to be stuck in her cleates and had to cling to one official while another helped pull out her feet, and an other still on the bike while crossing the dismount line and several near misses. Luke was off into the swim coming up the ramp with a smile of confidence and running out strong on the bike. I was now time for James(my partner) to put it all together and let the training pay off. I was nervous at this stage and a felt a little bit competitive, I really just wanted to run along side him and race too!
I got word from someone he had entered the water, as I waited and tried to pick his swim style out from all the other competitors coming into the ramp, he emerged, and can I say the looked pretty spunky, I was proud! Bounding past us and into transition, we saw his mount which I couldn't not of been prouder of. He zoomed way over the mount line over to the left out of everyone's way and jumped on. I then spotted him on the run looking comfortable striding out along the grassy track, turning around and giving us a big wave as we headed out to the finish shoot to see James take glory for the team.
What an amazing experience, to see everyone having a go weather doing the tri for another year or doing your very first, watching everyone put in their all is truly inspiring. What a great way to end the season and give me a kick start to training through the winter and all the way to the world champs.
I can't wait for our first tri together, hopefully sooner rather than later.
Wow! just check out my website!
It is shaping up to look quite professional and I can't believe that I did it all on my own
This space is for me to communicate and update all of my sponsors and fans about what I'm up to.My first official blog is a race report with a bit if a twist, it was my very first time watching a triathlon as a pure spectator. What a different experience, it has given me some much needed motivation to kick start my training, awaiting my new program from the team at multi-sport consultants, i have purchased a little training diary with room for notes and I'm ready to roll. I am no stranger to hard work and am really looking forward to someone working it all out for me and all i have to do is the session.
Up until now I have been my own trainer and coach, with a little bit of help. Working in a gym and being a qualified personal trainer has been a great advantage but every time I step into the gym i have to treat myself like a client and feel as through I am working, which has been a bit of a drag of late. The hardest part is motivating yourself to push as hard as you can, i believe it has made me a strong mentally and will be an advantage in the future.
Keep checking back for weekly updates, each month I hope to do a 'day in the life' blog, where you get a little insight about what I do day to day and how I fit in all my training, Uni, work and home lifet commitments.