Nowra Triathlon Festival – Sprint Distance
After a disappointing result at the Callala 70.3 race in December, I was keen to get some race confidence back. Callala gave me the opportunity to reflect on my training and preparation, with coach eager to help get me back on track. With a recent job change for both myself and my wife, training stress was adding to the other stresses that life throws at you. Nathan helped eliminate the training stress by changing the structure of my program, with the hope that training would be more enjoyable and the race results would be more favourable.
The 750m swim was a deep water start, amongst the jungle of jellyfish. There was a strong current (working in our favour!) which meant we were swimming against the current just to try and stay behind the start line. The women’s waves were the first to take off 2 mins ahead of our wave start. It didn’t take long for us to catch the women downstream, and I quickly exited the swim in 3rd place.
T1 was interesting while trying to get going on the bike, my elastic band snapped on my left foot which left me trying to get my foot in for around 400m. Once that crisis was averted, I was able to concentrate on the ride ahead. Apart from a few slippery corners, the track was fast and flat. At the 10km turnaround, I knew that I had the legs to push and increase my lead on the competition behind.
Into T2, and there were less issues here. In and out as quick as I could, and found my legs straight away. It was difficult to get into a good rhythm on the run, with around 7 turns for the whole 5km run. I was able to hold the race pace that coach believed I could and set a PB for my run off the bike.The two guys infront of me were way out of my reach and I had a two minute cushion on the nearest behind me which gave me the opportunity to just concentrate on myself and enjoy the feeling of hard work starting to pay off.
Overall I was very happy to come 3rd in my age group and get some race confidence back!
Well done to Rob sheeley with a great performance coming back from injury and Pete Calder in his first race of the season, Tom Knight winning his age group again and Paula Ryan who smoked it jellyfish and all!!