It was great to spend time with family in Melbourne, while I continued training leading into Geelong 70.3. Loved the outdoor 50 metre pool at Aquarena Aquatic and Leisure Centre www.aquarena.ymca.org.au, even scheduled in a massage! I got to know Beach Road & Neapean Highway well on the bike (between St Kilda and Frankston) - a fantastic cycling route and can see why its so popular among Melbourne's cycling community. There are loads of pedestrian/bike paths to choose from for running so training away from home was easy to adjust to.
Friday, I made my way to Geelong and Torquay. A very big thank you to Michelle and Dale Hemley for having me stay and making me feel so welcome in their home. Michelle and Dale have established a dynamic and growing business "Hemleys - Health, Fitness & Sports Development" and it was fantastic to hear about the programs they are involved with and positive contribution to the local sporting community.
https://www.facebook.com/Hemleys ; http://hemleys.wordpress.com/
Hot and windy conditions set the scene for the day. Professionals raced non-wetsuit. It was choppy and rough ocean water. My surf skills are terrible and I got what I deserved. I swam the course alone which was uncomfortable with the size of the swell. Staying focused, calm and completing the course was priority. Time wise it was a diabolical disaster, a career worst effort. Extremely glad to get the hell out of there and get on with the strengths of my race....
I felt strong on the bike, consistent power and my training and race fitness was coming through. It was extremely windy and hot, much like Hawaii so it didn't bother me. I have a good handle of race nutrition in heat, so was confident with that side of things. I was able to build throughout the 80kms and improved my position in the pro field by Transition 2.
Run with no limits - that was the agenda. The wind was unreal, it was a matter of driving through it. I nailed my nutrition and the back end of my run felt good. First time the finish line came sooner than I expected! :-)
What I am most proud of is that I did not give up on myself given such a terrible swim to the start of the day. I raced my own race, the course and conditions and had worked my way into 2nd place through the process, with 2nd fastest bike split and fastest run split of the day. I actually didn't even realise I was in 2nd place until after the finish, a rewarding feeling given how my day unfolded. Race without judgment, maximimise every moment, anything is possible, believe in yourself.
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Congratulations to Emma Moffatt on leading from start to finish and wining the event, a 1st class performance! And to Lisa, first race of the season and a podium finish :-) Its great to see the growth of female talent moving through the professional field, it was a real buzz to race amongst the girls. Well done to all athletes who raced in the challenging conditions.
Mate I just wanted to write a note of thanks for all the work put into my program, rolling out a great start to the season. You've totally looked after me with the design of the training program and mentoring support. We had a busy schedule of 3 x 70.3 races in a short period of time of 4 weeks and I feel we achieved its purpose with a solid level of race fitness as a platform to build towards Ironman Melbourne.
The few days in Lennox was also invaluable. Thank you to both you, Mel and the Aeromax Squad for making me feel so welcome, it was a fantastic experience.
Its great to be back in Sydney and able to settle down into a routine and the next training block.
My sponsor and support team
2014 I am working with a fantastic and supportive team of sponsors including Scody, Specialized, Eyeline, Compressport, TriShave, SaltStick, High 5, Kinetic by Kurt, Asics, AquaShop/BlueSeventy, FuelBelt, Team Latitude - assisted by my Athlete Manager Phil Stoneman, M5 Management. I am also wrapped to establish recent partnerships with Ryders Eyewear and Scicon Bags.
Becoming a full time professional triathlete has been one of the best decisions I have made. I'm learning every day and enjoying the process of improvement in all areas of being a professional athlete. Its a privileged opportunity to be able to do this, with the encouraging support of my sponsors friends and family...Looking forward to seeing what more I can give and get out of myself in racing.
See you all at Ironman Melbourne!
Cheers Bec :-)
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