After just two weeks of training I raced the BSG triathlon series race #4 at the Midmar Dam in KZN. I knew I wasn’t in shape at all – I was fat and unfit. Talk about a bad combination. Oh well, I was there to just do my best in the shape that I was in.
On race day it was so misty, cold and wet. I know how to handle races like that now, so I wasn’t at all worried. I did my pre-race warm up and was feeling okay, but not good for a race. We lined up at the start and I was so keen to try out all my new gear in the race- my new Nike Lunaracer+2 and my Orca Alpha wetsuit.
The gun went off and once again it was a crazy start, just arms legs everywhere. In the first 10m of the swim I was hit badly in the eye with an elbow. I lost the front guys feet and fell back. I was so angry with them, but hey that’s racing. I got out the water way back, had a fast transition and was amazed at how quickly my Orca Alpha wetsuit came off.
On the bike I was nowhere. I had to work so hard in the first part of the bike to catch the group in front of me. At about 3km we were all together and chasing Erhard Wolfhardt and Claude Eksteen, but they were too fast for us. I made it in to transition first in our group; joint next to me was Hendrik De Villiers. I had an okay T2 and was out on to the run. I knew that it was going to be the hardest leg of the three, but I hung in for a 10th place with my fat and unfit body. As I entered the finishing straight I saw Robyn in front of me and that she had come down on the bike. I saw her Orca trisuit was ripped and there was blood all over her. After the race she told me what happened, after having a really good swim she got out in front and after about 1.5km on a corner with oil on the road her front wheel just slipped out from under her and down she went. All bloody and sore she got back on her bike and finished the race still in a great place coming in 7th. Well done Robs. You showed a lot of guts out there. So proud of you.
A big well done to the rest of the Tuks team: Andrea Steyn who won the ladies race and Rudolf Naude winning the junior race.
Here is a photo of Robyn all bandaged up after the race.
Keep on 🙂
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