during the week i thought about pulling out of this event but i am really glad that i didnt. while i didnt have a great race i did have a great time. you really do learn something new every time you line up for an event and this one was no different.
preparation - flog the legs
this i did very well. i was tired all week and just could not get going. every session was a struggle and the reason why i thought about pulling the pin. but as the week progressed i did start to feel better. i ran close to 18k on thursday night and decided to get my long ride in saturday morning. this was 90k into a gusty fresh crosswind. nice punishment. my sister was arriving from the states after the race on sunday so i had to get the house organised. this meant time cleaning instead of resting up on the sofa. felt okay race morning and while my foot was bothering me i figured i would make it through. the conditions were the best i have seen at this course in a long time. very little wind.
the water had very little chop and looked great. since i really enjoyed my last open water swim i figured this would be okay although i knew my legs would feel heavy. i am pissed off that i wasted good conditions and had a shit swim. it was a wetsuit swim and i had planned on this as a good opportunity to get back into using the wettie. as it turns out it had tightened up while lying on my sofa and i struggled the whole way to breathe. i pulled at the neck trying to get water in and it loosened up but it never improved. it also didnt help that i got a pretty good kick to the mouth. i think she cut across in front of me and then just gave a kick. i grabbed her leg and thought about yanking her back and smacking her in the face too. but i checked and i still had my teeth so i let her go. when you get a smack from out of nowhere your reaction is to hit out and even though i may have wanted to i would never do it. i had swallowed some water and had to stop for a bit. i then thought that this had fucked up my whole race. but a bit of advice that crowie had given his sister-in-law popped into my head. he just said that when something negative happens you have to let it go and just move on. so i did. time 18.34. very bad.
i was tired getting onto the bike. it took me the first lap to warm up. the second lap i was swapping positions with some young tri wa girls and by the third lap the wind had picked up and i just wanted to be done. i passed alot of girls and really tried to make up for the bad swim. but still my legs were tired and i didnt have a fast bike. not for that course and those conditions. in my age group i was fifth fastest. i did pass one of my age group competitors who only races the short distances. she has fresh legs and usually beats me by a few minutes. i came in before her in rockingham and i really wanted to do it again. i had gained four minutes on her on the bike. my lip had also grown on the bike and i could feel this fat section on my top lip right in the middle. i just tried to make sure i wasnt drooling while having a drink.
i have to say both my transitions were super quick this time and i was happy about them. the wetsuit came off easy and i changed my laces over so while i still put socks on i didnt have to worry about tying laces. the first half of the run was slow and painful. my foot hurt a little but i knew that would go away. my Achilles was bugging me a bit and i could now really feel the fat lip. it is an out and back course so once you turn around you can see who is chasing you. i was probably only 300-400 metres in front of the girl i wanted to beat. i had promised myself that if i could i would really push it in the run and i needed to increase the pace to stay in front. so i went from running 6.00 min training pace to 5.15 pace. it hurt and i felt like stopping but i really have had enough of people passing me just before the finish line. the last 2k of this run made my whole race and i was very pleased with myself. i know that compared to other people my time is very average but i proved to myself that i can hang in there and i can push myself.
what i have loved about the last two events is seeing the girls i know at the finish line and going over what happened to each other over the course of the race. sometimes you cant get a word in and it is hysterical and so much fun and every one is totally pumped. i love that the rest of the girls do so well but whatever the result it is just about meeting personal goals, having fun and a great race and personally i am stoked that i am now a consistent MOP person with the odd flash of speed on the bike. it is just fantastic that i get to be a part of it. this race i bumped into a girl i had chatted to at the busselton half last year. she is super nice and is a breast cancer survivor. she also did the full ironman last year and so i am in awe. hope to catch up with her again at busselton.
the wrap up
i grabbed some ice from the medical people and when i finally got to see my lip it was fucking huge. people would pay good money for that look. i wanted a picture but it is really hard to take one of your mouth without then getting a close up of what is up your nose. final result - i was 7/15 in my age group with a total time of 1.30.39. not a pb at this course but who cares. i had fun. this was the final race in the triseries. next week i am in karri valley and i better get some legs back for that.