The past 12 weeks have been some of the best training I have ever done and can’t even begin to tell you how Lucie has transformed me into the triathlete I am right now. There have been early morning wake ups before work to swim, long hours on the road, tough repetitive kilometers on the track, but it’s so worth it. To see the hard work pay off is something so sweet.
Lucie and I knew we never had much time to East London 70.3 to get fantastic results but we would give it everything we got for the first race of the season.
I had such a build up to race day. I was a newbie to the Trifactri team, very nervous, put in the hours of training and put the pressure on myself to perform. I just hoped I would be able to give everything I've got and race against myself.
It was finally race day! I was so amped to get going I was in my wetsuit even before the team got to the start line. I was told by Lucie to take off my wetsuit, put your running shoes on and go for your warm up and drills. Clearly I was way too eager.
My teammates and I made our way to the swim holding-pen. I was surprisingly very calm while waiting to get going and as always said a little prayer before the mad rush of the start.
The bike leg was very open and windy. The 45km towards Berlin had me gritting my teeth all the way on those up hills. Fellow age group contender Magda Niewenhout had passed me 25km in and I thought this was my race over, but as she passed me I held her in my view until I finally found some good legs and passed her again. I got to the turn around point in top position and held a good gap to the other age groupers who were chasing. The bike is my strongest discipline and I used the downhill to my advantage, so there was no letting up till I got back to the Beach Front.
To race all out and be a contender for the age group win has been my dream for a long time. I have been on the podium at this race last year placing 3rd but never the top step. I went into the race knowing I had put the training in and stuck to what my coach Lucie had told me. Her words: “trust me.”