How it all started…
My season really started in august when like most people I had a rush of blood to the head and a tax return burning a hole in my pocket ? I went and bought a brand new TT bike , the reason was I wanted to do Busso 70.3 solo, I had done it as a team cyclist in may 2016 And had got the bug!! By September I had entered it as well……another rush of blood.
Once I had the bike I then was committed, I joined our club and started a strength training program. This season for me was to get into club life and finish all the events I entered, all had their challenges but were met and completed.
So to get a bit of a look at what I needed to do this season I was doing a bit of training….what I thought was good enough. Hahhahahha how wrong I was, I couldn’t swim 750m with out switching to breast stroke, couldn’t run 1k with out my lower back giving up on me, my cycle was my strongest leg but I was pushing too hard and my legs and back were even worse. All of this was made very clear at the interclub event at Mandurah. So I spoke to the club and got some training plans and loads of advice and the improvements came in big waves, kept to the strength program and the results were coming, all the work was starting to come in results in the way of being able to complete the distances.
Because the goal was Busso 70.3 I needed to do more distance races to get used to them, so I did my first Olympic distance in Busso in January and also did Karri Valley (the hardest day in the office…) and the longer distance in the legs was paying off again. By now I was well into the club 70.3 program with Peta and loving the structure and club life, I could now do the full sessions in the pool and swim all distances and my lower back issues were gone. Roll on May and Busso 70.3.
Race day (with added shark!)
All was well with the body, I think I was the only one with out man flu that week hahaha. With everything set up and ready to race I was very calm and soaking it all in , a few bouts of banter before the race with Trav and other competitors was fun, until some one mentioned a shark in the fun and banter (you know who you are…..) Well needless to say everyone know Mr Shark did come to say hello to the the competitors in the last wave, yes my wave… I got pulled from the water like a fish and dumped onto the deck of the boat, 300m from the beach. I didn’t think too much of it once I was on the boat however the heart rate says different when told to get out the water!
The bike leg was good for me I did it in a personal best time and also had another first on the bike (I peed for the first time on the bike) LOL. Into the run, I knew it was going to be a long hard leg. I had never ran more than 16 km and it was always my worst leg, I cramped at about the 2km mark and then managed it at every single aid station with all they had to offer. It stayed away but was always in the front of my mind, then when I pushed it would come back. I settled into my plan and made it to the finish, but not with out the help of Trav. He helped me through the last lap and a half and made the hardest leg so much fun, the beer and pizza helped as well but having all the club there supporting everyone and myself was amazing. 🙂
To the coaches Trav and especially Peta, thank you for all your help this season and getting me through my first full season. Onwards and upwards from here for me.