I have described the last 12 days as a “working holiday“ to many. It might sound funny and I know you can’t be, but I felt jet lagged from New Zealand with my body so out of whack with the time zone changes. Although Queensland doesn’t allow a holiday sleep in with a 5.30am sunrise, we headed to Mooloolaba with a job to do after Wellington. From Wellington to Mooloolaba, it was important to recover and I had an easier week working into the weekend. We all enjoyed the down time and a few short sharp sessions to get the body back into race gear. The night before the race, instead of the normal pizza and pasta, we went with what Erin Densham did last year to win Mooloolaba, with pre race Thai. I think I will be having thai more often now ;).
It was important in the warm temperature to drink plenty of water on the bike. Going up and down the hill 14 times in the ride, it takes a decent amount of energy out of the legs. I had to sit on good wheels as last year I got dropped around the bottom u turn. The ride was solid and we were quickly gaining time on the chase pack of girls behind us who had strong runners in it. Getting a little excited and some girls not pulling
their weight, I was
at the front more than what I should have been. My legs felt quite good riding
which I was surprised about especially after racing last weekend. Mooloolaba
course is very unforgiving and it does not get any easier lap by lap. I could
see which girls were struggling and how
the heat and course was affecting them. I used my skills to be near the front
and stay up the front on the u turns and corners. This was the first time I
have gone through my two bottles of water on a ride to make sure I was
Thank you Triathlon Australia for the support, recovery and post race procedures they had in place over the weekend. Congratulations to Grace for a win in the Oceania Cup, Ryan Bailie on his 5th in the men’s race and Charlotte a solid 7th. Next stop Auckland World Series race……….. let the games begin!!