"Ultimate timing + Ultimate location = Ultimate Triathlon" - I couldn't agree more with Elite Energy's slogan for the Bateman's Bay Ultimate Triathlon event.
Bateman's Bay (located on the south coast @ 4 hours south of Sydney) is well known for its stunning coastline of beaches and relaxed local town/coastal feel - what a perfect destination for a multisport event and a weekend away! With the Aussie triathlon season well underway and the international circuit ramping up, the Elite Energy long course event, known as the 'Ultimate Triathlon' (2km swim, 120km bike, 20km run) was the perfect distance combined with great timing for a hard hit out to keep the training and racing season ticking over.
My goals were to be consistent throughout the day and to race from within myself. Focusing on nutrition was also critical, given the demands of the bike course. A highlight of the race was also to wear my new race kit provided by Skinfit! Super comfortable, fits well and looks great :-) A big thank you to Skinfit for all the organisation behind this.
Sunday morning we were welcomed by calm ocean waters and sunshine - a great start to the day. There was one moment of panic when Emo announced the weather temp was over 24 degrees and a non-wet suit swim, nice April fools day joke Emo! (ha ha :-).
The swim leg was held at Corrigan's Beach including a two lap course with a beach start. I had a solid swim and felt super comfortable in my new 2012 Blueseventy Helix 2012. A note of thanks to the Aqua Shop - Sydney, for all their efforts organising the suit at the last minute prior the race. Just so happy with the suit, great buoyancy and loads of flexibility. As always, I had my favourite Eyeline 'pink' stellar goggles to keep me smiling :-)
The cycle course involved 2 x 60km out and back loops with at least 50% of the distance including undulating to steep coastal hills and the remainder of the course on a flat wide smooth road. I loved the flats out the back, great for time trialling! The hills, well, they were just hard for everyone (ocean view was nice though!) and it was just a matter of grinding through it and keeping in check with nutrition and hydration given its demands. High 5 and Saltstick were a big part in keeping me fuelled through this part of the race, would have been an ugly finish otherwise!
The 20km run course was mostly flat, 2 x 10km laps between Batehaven and Bateman's Bay along the coastal cycle/footpath and Promenade and then across Bateman's Bay Bridge. I was a bit unsure how the run was going to take off, given the demands of the bike, but I new I was well hydrated and kept moving forward, focused, as I started to chip away. My run legs finally came around and I was able to push on at a fairly consistent and solid pace. I'm a big fan of the Compressport socks, unbelievable arch support and comfort. I absolutely love running, since I was a kid, there is nothing more empowering than to be able to run well off the bike - doing what you love! My pace on the run gave a lot of confidence that I had achieved my goals for the day with a strong finish home to 2nd place.
It was definitely a hard and challenging day - a big congratulations to all the athletes who raced and took part in this fantastic well run event. The success of the weekend and the community support from Bateman's bay is a huge attribute to Emo and his team at Elite Energy. I'd like to mention Michelle Wu who won the women's event - it was definitely a well deserved win Shell, you raced so hard out there, your a super strong athlete with a bomb of talent and potential, wishing you all the best with your season :-)
Gilesy (Aeromax), mate - you are awesome to work with as a coach and mentor. I can't believe how far I've come working with you and I'm looking forward to giving more of myself in races to come. To my sponsors - Skinfit, High 5, Saltstick, Eyeline, Compressport - I'm so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with you and your support. A big thankyou and hug to friends and family :-) Looking forward to the next block of training!