Wet & muddy start to da race , we went off ata mellow pace for da first 65kms , we only had 3 ladies so we hada make sure we didnt wear em out too much coz we needed all of em to finish wit at least 3 guys for time.
After da 2nd big climb Qhubeka came hauling passed us & it wasa bit ofa bun fight till da 1st stop as we caught otha teams left in der wake, oh dat is also wer we lost Master P for about 60kms 😎
The special thing about DC is that it's a team event. It is so awesome to bond and ride for your team as apposed to our usual races that are individual and pretty selfish. I would have pulled out 5 times if I wasn't part of a team that I didn't want to let down.
In 2014 I rode for team UFO and we came 3rd mixed in a time of 5:54 in great conditions. This year I rode for the same team....
The 'team' had their mind set on a time 25min faster than last year chasing another particular mixed team !!!!
Ironman Malaysia done. One of the hardest races I ever done. Very hot and humid without any cloud cover and challenging bike course.
Swim in almost 30degrees water, I was first out of the water by almost three minutes. Hold the lead till 30km of the bike but then really struggled. Throwing up everything I drunk or ate and just pedaling to finish. got off the bike 13th and last two places immediately in transition. So I thought I will just enjoy the run here. Turned out that I felt good on the run and started picking up some girls who were ahead of me. And then cherry on the top was sprint finish at the end of the race with Katharina Grohmann. Didn't think I still have some sprint speed in me:). Happy I didn't give up on the bike and run my way to 7th place
Rode to da start so I could warm da diesel engine nicely
Stuck wit da bunch
Avoided 2 terrible crashes
15kms to go i got bored so sat infront,
only 4 guys came with me then crossed
da line in 1st :)
I joined Trifactri in September, with a goal to start doing triathlons, and I completed my first olympic distance triathlon last weekend - the Germiston 5150.
I won't lie, I was a little blasé leading up to the race. After all, when you look at each discipline on it's own, it doesn't look that daunting. Swimming has never been a concern for me, I cycle more than 40ks at least twice a week, and I have run marathons before!
BUT....add them all together, stir in 35 degree temperatures and some serious wind, and voilà, not so simple after all!
Firstly, standing at the the swim start is nerve wracking, no matter how strong a swimmer you are. Suddenly, telling yourself that you swim double this distance twice a week isn't so comforting, and those buoys look faaaaar away. It doesn't help when the commentator keeps announcing how bad the conditions are. Thank you very much, but we can SEE the waves! At least I came out the water WELL hydrated....
Secondly, nothing can truly prepare you for transitions. Sprinting out the water and getting on a bike without really getting your breath back is pretty crazy, and I can't even begin to describe the feeling in my legs the first few hundred metres of the run.
So my first triathlon humbled me, but it only took half an hour (to get the feeling back in my legs and to demolish a Spur burger) before I was thinking about the next one. They are addictive like that.
Thank you so much to the Trifactri team and my coaches Jess and Lucie. It was tough, but would have been so much tougher without you guys!
To say that I was surprised to crack a slot for Kona this year would be an understatement so it was quite a surreal experience looking out the window after 36hrs of travelling and watching the island come into view. I had a smile on my face like no other, and I hadn’t even hit the island yet.
A lot of this is going to sound a bit clichéd, because I guess most people experience some of the same things, but Kona is Kona, so here goes…
Where Trifactri athletes get to tell their side of the Swim, Bike and Run