Unfolded by the water are the faces of the flowers
The Theme of the 35th Ironman World Championship 2013 is a symbol of hope - 'Mahala i ka wai ka maka o ka pua'...As we move forward along our journey and celebrate the 35th Anniversary at the 2013 Ironman World Championship, reflect on your past and your present and pursue your dreams with anticipation and hope."
Qualifying and racing at the IM World Championships is a privilege. Its an opportunity of a lifetime. Racing professional is a reward and reflection of the years of work I have put into my progression in the sport and I am passionate towards continuous self improvement and growth. I absolutely love triathlon because of the challenges it brings both in mind-and-body. There is always something you learn from every experience (even the days when you don't seem to fire) and something positive you can take away. Nothing to loose only everything to gain. And I love the environment, the community spirit and comradery from all levels and dimensions of the sport. Plus of course the amazing network of people you have the opportunity to work with. I am incredibly lucky to find myself in this place :-)
This race and what it represents has recently brought significant work/lifestyle change, to take risks not just in racing but in my career. I have have been living the challenging life as a town planner (executive assessment)/professional triathlete here in Sydney, I'm incredibly grateful for the support received to facilitate this. My racing (both domestic and overseas) experiences this year as well as recognizing changes within the town planning industry, has been the catalyst towards a recent decision to take a back step from planning and a forward move towards my passions in life, triathlon and family. I feel I've finally turned a corner by creating the opportunity to make something more of what I love. I'm really looking forward to the next chapter...
Training and preparation for Kona has also brought my biggest personal weakness further to the surface - and that is self belief that I'm more capable than I realise. 'You are a racer – just believe in yourself.'
By the time I hit Kona a week out before the race - I felt in such a happy space and relaxed. In the moment - and LOVING it! I raced Kona 2011 for the first time as an age group athlete and this experience helped immensely towards my race preparation and head space for 2013 - racing for first time as a professional. I knew what I was in for, I didn't feel any intimidation. In fact I just wanted to embrace the atmosphere and soak up all elements of the Hawaiian environment and the event based in Kona. Get amongst it girlfriend!
1. Maximize every moment - Swim as fast as I can, Bike as fast as I can, Run as fast as I can!
2. Race the course not the clock. Respect the Island, its volcanic environment & lava coastline, its culture, arts and history. 'Flow' with the local weather conditions of the day - the swell & currents to the heat, humidity and winds.
3. Race hard, smart, with passion and self belief. Race without limits - you are more capable than you think you are!
4. Manage not let control obstacles throughout the day...The perfect race is the race where you overcome imperfections...perfectly. You'll go into a race and not everything will go according to plan, but if you overcome these problems in the best possible way then that is a measure of success...not the time on the clock...Chrissie Wellington
5. Race with a smile :-) Its a privilege and experience of a lifetime!
"...I don't care about my result as long as I know I've stuck to these goals I'm happy :-)"...A text I sent a good friend the night before the race. I was there to race 'my own race' and get as much out the experience as possible.
- Racing among the best professional women in the world! I was star struck to come out of the water with 6x World Ironman Champ Natasha Badmann! I was wrapped I could stay on feet and with a group of girls for the swim leg and could feel an improvement in my swim fitness. Seeing the international superstars cracking the whip at the front end of the race was surreal! Being 1 of 3 Aussie girls to have qualified to race was an achievement I was really proud of and to be representing Australia in the professional ranks.
- Managing a top 20 finish (18th) among this field and in a time of 9hrs35mins. I'm proud of how I managed to pull things together over the weeks leading into and on race day, to achieve this result and race to my potential. I know I race well when I'm happy.
- Unplanned obstacles and events which don't go to plan at some stage during an Ironman, this is no surprise and not unexpected. The difference is how you deal with it. I felt I managed my own personal challenges and bumps with what I had on the day fairly well, and learnt a bomb from the experience as a whole in terms of moving forward.
- My bike rips! (I love saying this ;-) The guys at Specialized arranged an Evade helmet which I absolutely LOVE! Light, aero, comfortable - massive design win on all fronts! The Fuelcell storage component is a great concept which also worked well. The challenges of the course including the wind, the heat, the Hawi climb - its these elements which make it a stand out WC course and what I personally loved about racing this event.
- The run course and spectator support. Seeing Nige throughout the run leg with his mountain bike and words of encouragement to keep moving forward. The Aussie spectator support was just awesome! The PISS and TOSS crews, the comradery between was standout. Seeing coach Gilesy on the sideline, and the 'Go Bec!' from loads of friends spectating. It was a massive lift.
Moving forward - Where can I improve?
- Recovery. Lots of active recovery including swimming and a bike ride during days after the race, combined with massage. I find the more active recovery the more I feel a hell of a lot better when coming down off the 'bell curve'. Big improvements this time around. Still struggle to sleep well the days after the race...
- Swim. Practice using all race equipment before the race. I packed a brand new pair of goggles in T1 which unfortunately had blown a leak while warming up. Fortunately I was able to arrange a back-up pair and was able to carry on swimming happy.
- Bike: I now have a Quaq power meter built into my S-Works cranks. The more I use this tool the more I can see its potential to improve my training and racing in terms of providing data feedback.
- Run: Shoe laces. I decided to use standard conventional shoe laces instead of elastics to improve overall shoe support. No black toe nails this time! However my shoe laces came undone around @26kms (augh). A bit scary to stop and bend over to fix in fear of cramping! Need to find alternative laces...
- Nutrition: I have been working closely with Kira Sutherland leading into Kona reviewing my overall diet, race nutrition including quantity, quality and sources of energy and hydration. Lots of improvements so feel I'm moving in the right direction. Thank you so much Kira, lets catch up again soon - work in progress.
It was inspirational to see Mirinda Carfrae regain the World Ironman title and I loved hearing her awards ceremony speech. A stand out professional in all aspects. I learn so much from past and present athletes at the pinnacle of this sport - both men and women, in terms of my own training and racing performance as well as how I can give back, as a role model and ambassador in the sport.
Mirinda described her support team as the 'A-Team' and I really liked this concept :-) You've gotta love the cliche to the American action-adventure TV series! And I thought, to be successful in any significant goals in life, no matter how big or small - 'Everyone should have their own 'A-Team' - your own support network, which works for you.
So on this note - I wanted to finish off by recognizing my 'A-Team' who's support has been a massive contribution to my overall development and progression in the sport. Qualifying and racing both Vegas 703WC and Kona IMWC 2013 is an achievement we can all be really proud of.
- My husband Nigel, family and friends supporting from the sidelines as well as watching the race via the web. I also wanted to mention the guys from my local Warringah Triathlon Club. So many awesome and supportive messages leading into and after race day. Thanks everyone, your thoughts and messages of encouragement mean a hell of a lot :-)
- My team of Sponsors: Specialized/Cyclery Northside, Skinfit, Eyeline, Compressport, SaltStick, FuelBelt High 5, Asics, Team Latitude & TriShave. I'm so incredibly grateful for the sponsorship support I've received and having such a positive environment of people to work with :-)
- My support team of specialists who I liaise and work with on a regular/weekly basis: Grant Giles, Aeromaxteam (coach); Paul Penna Focus Performance Psychology; Jon Bell swim squad; Daryl Phillips Performance Health Newport; Kira Sutherland Sports Nutrition & Naturopath; Radek Valenta Zoominzones; Michael Smith massage. Its the long term working relationship with these guys that are the back bone to what I've achieved in the sport. You guys rock!
Domestic racing and no more big overseas flights from Australia! I love racing the Aussie triathlon circuit, we've got so many hot races on offer and I love racing with the Asia-Pacific guys - so much talent which can only continue to push my potential...see you all again at the races soon!
Professional Female Results:
Name Country Swim Bike Run Finish Div. RankOverall
Carfrae, Mirinda AUS 0:58:50 4:58:20 2:50:38 8:52:14 1 32
Joyce, Rachel GBR 0:54:09 4:55:25 3:03:37 8:57:28 2 42
Blatchford, Liz GBR 0:54:07 4:57:40 3:03:23 9:03:35 3 66
Van Vlerken, YvonneNLD 1:01:57 4:54:38 3:03:25 9:04:34 4 71
Steffen, CarolineCHE 0:54:10 4:57:50 3:11:55 9:09:09 5 85
Snow, CaitlinUSA 0:58:47 5:08:05 2:58:53 9:10:12 6 88
Kessler, MeredithUSA 0:54:06 4:55:13 3:16:35 9:10:19 7 89
Vesterby, MichelleDNK 0:54:12 4:55:53 3:16:31 9:11:13 8 94
Crawford, GinaNZL 0:54:14 5:04:17 3:11:18 9:14:47 9 111
Corbin, LinseyUSA 0:59:11 5:07:50 3:04:54 9:17:22 10 127
Stevens, AmandaUSA 0:54:06 5:00:32 3:18:48 9:17:57 11 130
Cave, LeandaGBR 0:54:04 4:58:54 3:27:38 9:25:07 12 197
Donavan, JessieUSA 1:12:46 4:59:38 3:08:03 9:25:16 13 199
Badmann, NataschaCHE 1:06:41 4:59:54 3:16:29 9:27:57 14 221
Moeller, KristinDEU 1:13:05 5:09:54 3:04:18 9:31:41 15 268
Lyles, ElizabethUSA 1:01:55 5:14:02 3:12:36 9:32:54 16 284
Marsh, AmyUSA 0:54:15 5:02:11 3:34:16 9:35:29 17 310
Hoschke, RebeccaAUS 1:06:45 5:08:37 3:15:21 9:35:52 18 317
Goos, SofieBEL 0:58:56 5:12:06 3:20:59 9:36:38 19 328
Hansen, JennieUSA 1:06:36 5:08:53 3:16:52 9:37:29 20 336
Martin, BrittaNZL 1:06:11 5:09:50 3:19:03 9:39:46 21 369
Schwabenbauer, KimUSA 1:06:02 5:15:28 3:17:44 9:45:08 22 439
Clifford, AshleyUSA 0:59:05 5:18:48 3:26:48 9:49:49 23 486
Chura, HaleyUSA 0:53:55 5:29:44 3:26:42 9:55:00 24 542
Weerd, MirjamNLD 0:58:54 5:18:33 3:35:15 10:00:1725 629
Ross, AnnaNZL 1:06:12 5:16:53 3:32:12 10:00:2826 631
Nystrom, EvaSWE 1:13:08 5:12:07 3:31:45 10:02:2027 644
Swallow, JodieGBR 0:54:01 4:55:53 0:00:000:00:00––
Wurtele, HeatherCAN 0:58:52 5:04:58 0:00:000:00:00––
Keat, RebekahAUS 0:54:08 5:21:17 0:00:000:00:00––
Gross, SaraCAN 0:58:49 5:24:37 0:00:000:00:00––
Hufe, MareenDEU 1:06:10 9:21:51 0:00:000:00:00––
Beranek, AnjaDEU 0:58:46 0:00:00 0:00:000:00:00––
Tajsich, SonjaDEU 1:06:54 0:00:00 0:00:000:00:00––
Ellis, Mary BethUSA 0:58:44 5:03:58 0:00:000:00:00––