After a solid break from training post European races I was chomping at the bit to get racing last weekend. I had put together just over a month of structured training and Husky sprint suited timing wise as a good little hit out before Shepparton Half next weekend.
It was a late start around 10:30am kick off which had some pretty strong NE winds by the time we entered the water. My wave was the 4th of the day and all the young whippets had taken off in wave 1 a few minutes beforehand. I started to the far right which turned out to be a little to far. Once the gun went off I found myself like a beached whale as I was rolling around on the rocks. I still managed to get to the first turn buoy leading our wave and finally got into a bit of a rhythm. I extended my lead over the rest of the swim but really after looking at the results I swam like a brick (disappointing). Onto the bike and I found my legs quick. I worked really hard into the headwind and turned at the half way point with only 4 guys in front from all the waves ahead. I took it pretty easy on the return trip home taking advantage of the downhills and tail wind. I picked up another 2 guys and was off the bike with only 2 up ahead. Again, on the run I felt I found my legs relatively quick and felt I was running strong. I was passed by one of the young fellas from the lead wave about 2 km in (kid had the quickest run of the day). Once we hit the turn around point things got tougher into the headwind, but it's always good knowing you're on the final stretch home. Not really knowing where you are position wise with waves mixed in is kind of like a double edged sword. My theory is just whack it from start to finish and the result will be what it will be. I finished the run strongly which ended up being enough for the overall win which was pleasing, but my fitness and race result were a little surprising!
Congrats to Carolyn Dews And Tom Knight who also won their age category in the sprint.
Brad Robinson had a great race in the Olympic to finish 8th in his category, while Shane Lorkin set the standard for the months ahead as he gets ready for Port Ironman. Lastly, Matt Lewis can count his lucky starts that he has no broken bones after coming off during the Bike leg of the Olympic at 50km/h.
Until next time,