My February race schedule included a couple of races in Victoria so I decided to drive Sydney to Melbourne as part of the trip, including a stop over at Wangaratta and King Valley wine region. The night's stay at Moyhu Pub and meeting the locals was a character building experience! Being a country girl at heart, I loved the morning ride through King Valley...nothing beats the Aussie rural landscape and an appreciation of Victoria's wine region :-)
Swim – 1.9 km, 1 Lap. The swim took place at Brighton Beach and includes plenty of spectacular viewing areas to check out all the action!
Bike – 90 km (3 x 30kms). The out-and-back course headed southbound past Sandringham and Black Rock before turning at Centreway (opposite Peter Scullin Reserve), and returning to the venue.
Run – 21.1 km.(3 x 7kms) Runners head out of Transition and continue along the beach pathway towards Sandringham.
Swim: Goggles - Eyeline Stellar model, clear lens (prefer to sight landmarks in true colour). Wetsuit - BlueSeventy Helix, women's specific design, fits my small size perfectly, great flexibility, strategically placed buoyancy panels to enhance body position and stroke.
Bike: Specialized Shiv (XS), Sitero saddle, Evade helmet. Trivent Expert bike shoes. Aero is everything! :-) #mybikerips!
Run: Asics DS Racers. Light weight, supportive, gel cushioning, personally I find a great shoe choice for long course. High 5 visor for sun protection.
Nutrition: High 5 Nutrition (Gels and Energy Source electrolyte drink), SaltStick tablets to bump up electrolytes especially in hot weather)and coke on the run! FuelBelt gel flasks for efficient gel carriage.
My approach to the race was no different to any other - to race the course smart, hard, with passion and self belief. Hang on for the swim (this was fairly unsuccessful, augh!), bike like I wanna blow up and run with no limits!
The bike course was congested with 3 x 30km laps (@1000 competitors) and I was frustrated by disruption to the pro race. I received a penalty which wasn't clearly communicated (visually by card or reasons for) and wasted further time searching for the unmarked penalty box, causing a further setback. Dealing with events which are unplanned is part of racing. As my husband often reminds me...'keep your head where your body is'. Race without judgment and maximise every moment. I ran as hard as I could, the crowd support a highlight throughout the multi-lap course and finished in 3rd position (fastest run of the day).
To be on the podium with Annabel Luxford (1st) and Caroline Steffan (2nd) was a huge inspiration and personal career highlight. Congratulations to all the girls who raced and took part in the event. Definitely a race I thoroughly enjoyed and loved the Challenge Family atmosphere throughout the weekend.
Thanks to Challenge Australia, SuperSprint, key sponsors including Scody Australia plus all the volunteers for making the weekend such a memorable experience.
1Annabel Luxford 04:16:01 27:21:000 2:18:160 1:26:35
2Caroline Steffen 04:20:05 27:25:000 2:22:330 1:26:05
3Rebecca Hoschke 04:25:29 33:04:000 2:22:270 1:25:22
4Madeleine Oldfield 04:31:30 30:40:000 2:27:270 1:29:36
5Wendy Mcalpine 04:32:01 30:41:000 2:23:000 1:33:01
6Hannah Lawrence 04:36:51 33:43:000 2:22:040 1:36:27
7Julia Grant 04:50:40 30:49:000 2:24:230 1:50:40