After a whirlwind couple of weeks, it’s another race recap! After Clermont, I flew straight to Oak Ridge, TN for a week of orientation/meetings for work. We had a nice ice storm there which made it hard to ride outside, but I did have some lovely swims and runs while there. I flew back to Boulder on Friday (was greeted with snow), and then took the long flight across the pacific to Australia!
Wednesday morning, I found myself in a very warm day in Brisbane, where one of my longtime friends picked me up at the airport. We made the trek up to the sunshine coast to begin race prep. What a part of the world! Plenty of sunshine, beach, & warm weather!
While so far away from my home training grounds, it’s always a comfort to begin my normal pre-race routine. Instead of the normal pool swims however, I was instructed to go play in the ocean to perfect my beach start. The whole beach was buzzing with athletes getting ready for the big weekend & the race organizers setting up for the event.
The last world cup I did (Edmonton last summer) I felt pretty intimidated by the whole experience. In Mooloolaba, I tried to stay focused on what I needed to do rather than all that was foreign to me (check in procedures, introductions, ITU pre-race heartbeat music, etc). Swim was fair but not great, felt better as the bike went on (big hill- loved that!), and run was nearly the same as Clermont. Transitions were better, but not stellar- lost a bike shoe going into T2 and earned myself a :10 penalty added to my run time. Not very pro to lose a shoe, but served my equipment penalty and moved on with it. Didn’t lose any places to my mistake either.
My race numbers (power/run split/position out of T1) were eerily similar to Clermont. While it would have been good to see a step up in numbers from a couple of weeks ago, but I do recognize that it’s been a challenging couple of weeks in between the two races. In my head, it was a good step to be able to match what I did in Clermont with all the added disruption, but the next step is to excel and progress with the additional stress.
Awesome experience overall to compete on such an iconic course against some spectacular athletes. Neat to see a USA 1-2 with Gwen & Katie! Apart from being fantastic athletes, these two (along with Chelsea & the USA Boys) are fantastic people as well. Big thanks to the Team USA family, and my sponsors Skratch, PowerTap, TYR, Giro, ISM, & Oakley.
Down in Gold Coast the rest of the week, before heading over to New Zealand to race in New Plymouth! Plenty of small things to work on for next race, so time to clean them up! One more week to get over this crazy jetlag too 🙂