Wednesday's race brought me to the international regatta centre in Penrith. The day was warming up quickly to eventually get to a top of 34 degrees. The race consisted of a 600m swim in the warm, murky water of Penrith lakes. A 3 lap, 15km bike course consisting of flat, level ground and a tiny hill inspired by a speed bump. The run course was a flat 2 lap 1 km out and back course.
The swim was a crowded deep water start. The whistle was blown to signify the start of the race, the first 50-100 meters was brutal, fists were flying everywhere. I found my rhythm early and was holding a good pace. I reached the end of the swim in 26th place with a time of 9:28 minutes.
Into transition one I ran, it wasn't the best transition ever but I was in and out in a competitive transition time.
Hoping onto the bike I was straight into attack mode, knowing that my run time wasn't going to be competitive enough I had to get an edge on the bike. I made my way around the course making up 8 places, by the third lap I felt as if I might be pushing a little bit hard. I knew my main competition was just behind me I couldn't ease off to much otherwise they would get a lead on me. I kept the pressure on still reaching the end of the bike leg in a time of 27:25 minutes and in 18th place.
Transition two was a fair bit slower than I would have liked as my shoes were to tight and I had trouble putting them on. But I was on a mission so I got out of there in as little time as possible.
Early on on the run I developed a bad stitch which constricted my breathing a fair bit. As the run progressed the stitch slowly went away as I was able to get fluid into me. As people passed me it was clear I was no where near my race pace. I crossed the line with an embarrassing time of 24:48 and I had dropped back to 51st in the field.
All up it was a pretty bad race but on the positive side I have some things to take out of this race to work on like pacing myself and gaining more power in my legs.
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