Sunshine Coast 70.3 Race Report 2015

Racing and Recovering…. Last weekend’s 70.3 race in Mooloolaba was an awesome trip! Along with having a solid race and feeling good physically and mentally, spending time with family and friends was a lot of fun and it really helps me to enjoy and share the full triathlon experience that I love. I knew my training had been solid and consistent and without setting too many targets I was glad to come in around the 4 hour mark, showing improvement across all disciplines in the race. The most positive part for me was that I felt good in the race and faired very well against some top age groupers who will be racing in Hawaii.

Leading into the race the weather had been a bit dreary on the Sunshine Coast, Ethan had been a superstar on the travel over there and we were all quickly settled in our accommodation next to transition. I hadn’t had a big taper into the race (which I like) and I still had a few issues with tight lower back and glute, but on race day I was quickly into my race zone and felt controlled and strong. The rolling swim start seemed to work well for me, I could swim my own pace and I was passing a lot of people as the field got split up quite quickly.

FB_IMG_1442224977547
FB_IMG_1442224977547

On to the bike and the flat course wasn’t providing too many challenges for most riders so disappointingly, large groups were forming. This was the first time I really have been in a situation like this and I had to respond with and a lot of surging to keep riding to the front of groups before getting spat out the back as people re-passed. It was frustrating to have to concentrate on this rather than just riding, so I just tried to relax and get back to T2 unscathed.

FB_IMG_1442186530174_opt
FB_IMG_1442186530174_opt

It was starting to heat up by the run, so I tried to stay relaxed and control my pace, heart rate and body temp as much as I could overt the first 5km (good advice from Coach Bruce). With 2x 10km laps and a hill in and out of town I just locked into a comfortable zone (didn’t watch pace much) and was surprised how good I felt by the start of lap two. I knew I must have been working my way up the field but with the rolling start it was hard to judge overall positioning, but by the finish I knew I must have gone well coming in just over 4 hours. Now it’s time to recover, stay healthy and get the last bit of work in before Kona.

FB_IMG_1442186548779
FB_IMG_1442186548779