Friday morning, bags packed and we are on our way South to one of the best locations on the NSW coast and one of the top Triathlons on the event calendar.... Huskisson!
|The Crew, so many of us now.|
I missed the briefing as I was chatting with Kel, but that was ok, I would rather give her some support. We headed down the stairs and stood with the boys doing up wetsuits and having photos taken. It was a great bonding moment as we did zips up and shared body lube, hugged and wished each other a good race.
The boys slipped away into the ocean and before long I was treading water next to the green buoy. The horn blasted and we were away. My Swim was mostly uneventful and to plan of sorts. I didn't go as hard off the start line as usual and I found my steady pace fairly quickly. My plan was never to go hard during the swim leg as I wanted all focus this race to be on the run leg. A small hiccup for us girls as our kicking mark disappeared. Oh hang on, there it is, UNDER TOW! WTF? Yep sure enough it was being towed seaward back into position. A quick reconnoitre and we were all on our way again. The trip home to the sand smooth and free of mishap. I walked T1. Hard to do. It took a lot of control not to break into a trot and run the carpeted stairs. I didn't want to risk upsetting the ITB at this early stage on the uneven surface. The week before the race had been a burning knee bone and a scene of rolling ice packs and popping anti-inflams. Once away on the bike, I settled into an uncomfortable/comfortable pace. Taking it easy out of town, hammering down hills, working up hills, but not busting a boiler. Again being mindful of my goal 'To Run!'
The ride, besides being bumpy, was cool and easy. I finished feeling strong having chewed my way through dates and bars and well timed fluid intake. I hit the pavement, nervous and waiting. The pain never came. There was no burning or movement in the joint. I looked a bloody treat with my knee wrapped in pale brown rigid tape. But the ITB held and the work was ahead of me. I had my watch set to 5min run/30sec walk. And on the whole I managed to keep to the times. Though I threw plenty of short walks in there. It came down to fitness in the end, not ITB. I crossed the line and felt totally satisfied in my effort and yes, I had another long course under the belt.
We had a wonderful day and spent that night at the Stonegrill in town laughing and rehashing the race together and jibing each other with friendly slap talk. I love being a part of this group!
Other notes. Gaz had a cracker of a day, finishing better than I could have imagined. Times below.
- Swim - I need to learn to breathe on the left side.
- Swim - I need to go harder and on someone's feet the entire time.
- T1 - Practice flying mount with no shoes so I don't have to walk in shoes.
- T1 - Something is going on with my wetsuit, it stuck to my skin and hard to get off.
- Bike - Pack dates, they work. I need to eat more on the bike.
- Bike - go harder. You have more in the tank.
- Bike - get stronger and climb hills. Training is everything ride the hills.
- Bike - 2 x Dextro flasks are needed for 90kms
- Bike - I need to apply Vaseline to areas that chafe.
- T2 - Undo shoes while on bike so I don't have to run in shoes.
- Run - Strapping my knee works!
- Run - I can go harder now, as the ITB is not an issue during the run.
- Run - I need to work on run fitness and get back to where I was.
- Run -be mindful on tight corners, the movement in the knee joint.
- Race finish line, remember to smile, fix the hair and do up the zip.
- Race finish, take your time in transition and enjoy the moment!
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