But still, I couldn’t miss 70,3 East London. It was my 9th time racing there and I always enjoy whole weekend and experience with my athletes and friends. It wasn’t just a race for me; it was road trip to East London from Joburg, team dinner, team warm up, race and after race activities – yes, famous after party at Buccaneers
My first race of the season is done. Not a result I wanted but still glad I went.
It itself wasn’t great. As pro ladies we had separate start – 5minutes behind pro men and 10minutes ahead of all age groupers.
I had great start and run into the water, yay after 200m I was leading the race...until dolphin Jodie Swallow just pass me like I am standing still. Well Luc, just settle into your rhythm, you can swim, swim is easy for you.... it should be easy...No it’s not easy...I am really not enjoying this...someone touching my feet all the time...just keep swimming....where did those waves come from....this is not a swimming this is a hell....just keep swimming...shame if this is hard for me what about rest of the people...just keep swimming....yay its almost done....WHAT – 3minutes behind Jodie...not a good start
Bike – wind rain lonely roads for first half. Trying to convince my legs to go, just go, just stay with them, it’s not that bad. Why I can’t keep up...I shouldn’t eat all those Christmas cookies, now it is hard to get up those hills...but wait for downhill...I will be faaaaast...maybe...Or maybe not...off the bike in 6th position, not where I want to be. Let’s run!
Run... yes I can run, cadence...posture...run Luc run...oh no, I can’t breath...ma asthma playing with me again...just another step...No I need to stop, some volunteers running towards me if she should call ambulance...No no, just little rest. Well my race is over...Now I just need to try to get to finish line – run, walk, run, watching where all my athletes are. Come one guys, you need to push, I am enjoying watching the race and all the people. All the volunteers are amazing. It is actually fun. Yeah Luc you are racing as a pro, it shouldn’t be just fun, you should be faaaast too....next time.
Finally finish line, quite special moment running last few kilometres with one of my exathlete Chris. Now I can sit and relax and chat to everyone...or maybe not, my lunges decided to tighten up and here it comes...asthma attack...stretches...and medical tent...well, that was less then glamorous ending
I finished as a 7th pro lady in 5:10.
But despite all of this I had great weekend. It was amazing to help people to reach their goal and guide them to podium finishes, PBs or even just finish. I had 25 athletes racing. It was once again bonding time with lot of people and learning that this sport is about more then just performing. I am extremely proud of every single Trifactri athlete, from Desie and Kirsten not only winning but dominating their age group. Big improvements from Magda, Jess, Richard, Andre, Gavin and everyone else to ever inspiring Jonny “Hardcore” and Robs and special first ever half of Claire.
Thank you guys for letting me to be part of your journey of this beautiful and tough sport