I have mixed feelings about my race performance. I don't feel the result reflects my ability or potential. I know I gave it by best on the day, but some days just don't fire, and this race was one of those, for various reasons. But I don't regret the experience for a minute. In fact the trip has been the catalyst towards gaining a real perspective of the demands associated with a working/professional triathlete here in Australia and making recent career changes which I felt necessary at this stage of my life.
So what did I learn?
1. The race course!
I managed to swim with the back pack of girls which I was happy with and wasn't dropped. The bike leg included a 12 metre draft rule which appeared heavily regulated. I found myself riding the bulk of the 90km solo. The highlight of the run was to see friends and Nigel spectating and cheering from the sidelines. My ITB blew up on the hills (that wasn't so much fun) and there were a few other issues to tackle with. Finishing was a real sense of achievement.
The privilege to race with and see Mel Hauschildt win the 70.3 World title. I remember racing with Mel at her first Half Ironman event (and win) at the 2010 Gold Coast Half Ironman and thinking 'wow...this girl has something really special :-)'. Its been an inspiration to see Mel's hard work, dedication and love for the sport grow to the athlete she has become today. Your just a legend mate and I'm so excited for your future ahead.
Paula has a love for kayaking and is passionate towards volunteer work. Each year Paula has given this event a huge amount of volunteer support in the swim leg. I love the fact this sport offers a role and opportunity from spectator, volunteer to athlete, to be part of the triathlon experience and community.
Highlights - Night in town staying at Treasure Island Hotel, checking out the Vegas strip of entertainment (strippers and the rest just part of the furniture!), massive lights and signage on steroids and of course the casinos!
Most memorable aspect was definitely seeing Cirque du Soleil - The Beatles Love at the Mirage Hotel. I loved it! Followed by Chinese (my favorite post race meal) at the Bellagio Hotel, the 'fountains of Bellagio' water show impressive also.
Monday we made a visit to Hoover Dam (impressive) followed by a car trip to Los Angeles, including a bite to eat at 'Peggy Sue's 50ies Diner - that was cool! http://www.peggysuesdiner.com/ before the midnight flight home back to Sydney...
Photo album below of the trip, apologies for the lack of editing. Thanks to all my team, friends& family for your continued support & encouragement http://www.rebeccahoschke.com/sponsorssupport-team.html