“This is my office, I know what to do”. Speaking to Michael Lloyd, the AIS sports psychologist, gave me an excellent insight into the sometimes undiscovered aspects of the mental side of elite sport. We as athletes, sometimes overlook these or even over analyse them allowing them to become barriers or challenges that we should not need to face. Training and racing both require mental skills that we may have already or need to develop to become better athletes- the sheer guts and determination to be win.
Racing my first Dextro World Triathlon Series race was exciting. I wouldn’t say that everything turned out perfectly but you have to start somewhere. I have been working hard on my swim, trying to “chick” the boys especially in harder sessions and basically understanding “real world” pace. Sydney’s swim gave me a good idea of how the best of the best swim. Coming out near the front was important and integrating the skills that we had been practicing in transition to get onto the front bunch. I learnt a lot in that ride about positioning and the effects that it takes. Sitting there near the back wasn’t ideal with all the tight corners and 180 degree u turns. I need to become more confident in riding up the front to avoid bad wheels. As the two bunches joined just abit before half way, it came down to a runners race with about 50 girls in the main pack. With all these extra efforts coming out of the corners, I think this had a negative effect on my run. Training had been going well- seeing little improvements in time, lactate build up and heart rate variability. Coming in 39th, I had the attitude on the start line of I have got nothing to lose and that is how it finished. Hopefully it’s the start of many more to come!
Before leaving for overseas, I got a SRM put on my bike. A SRM measures power, cadence, speed, heart rate, temperature and allows intervals. A handy device for sessions and races to show watts produced e.g. hill reps. It can also be used to show difference in sessions depending on the heat outside, looking out heart rate and watts and how it affects you.