2nd in my age category, 3rd overall in the age groupers, 5th overall including the elite 🙂 🙂
A cold start to the day and the wind started to pick up. Memories of Jail Break triathlon last December came rushing back!
The first run (10km) went very well, and I came into T1 at about 40 mins and in 2nd place out of all the age group ladies. I quickly hopped onto my bike and headed off on the 40km bike route. The first stretch was into a head wind so quite a tough start but I soon caught the leading age group lady. However it wasnt long before three ladies came flying past me! I stayed focused and tried not to let them gain too much distance. And then one more lady passed me on her expensive tri bike. I think I need to invest in some tri bars before my next triathlon, and a bike! (But thanks Fanie for the lend of your bike today, it was awesome!)
I came into T2 quite dramatically. Dont worry Fanie your bike is fine! I came out worse off! A bit of a skid and a slide as I dismounted resulted in a faceplant! But a few minor scrapes wasnt going to stop me from chasing down the two ladies in front of me. The second run (5km) again went well and I gradually caught and passed the 2 ladies. I maintaned my position for the final 2kms and was delighted to cross the line in 2nd place in my age category, 3rd overall in the age groupers and 5th overall including the elites!
My official splits:
10km – 00:38:43
T1 – 00:01:12
40km – 01:16:52
Cycle Av – 31.22
T2 – 00:01:09
5km – 00:21:01
(I think the run legs were more like 9.4km and 4.7km)
Feeling very chuffed and thankfully I had no cramping today; I made sure I took plenty of anti-cramping tablets, last night, this morning and prior to the start of the race.
Thank you to Pierre and Colla for your support today! And thanks obviously to my coaches, Elvin (running) and Pieter (cycling).