I had a crazy trip down to PE leaving last Thursday. I drove down with the MAD triathlon team. Thanks to Mike Moriarty for helping me out with transport. It was the longest trip that I have ever taken to PE. It took us 15hours in the bus due to all the road works. Crazy stuff!
I stayed 30km from the race venue with Jono Rumbelow, one of the race organizers, at his house in Kini Bay. What an amazing place. It is truly beautiful. A big thanks to Jono.
Race day: our start time was 13h30 so we were up for some fun in the blistering sun. I lined up on the beach next to the other athletes. It was going to be a fast non-wetsuit swim due to the likes of the great Tim Don and The Fish, Henri Schoeman. After the first lap of the swim I was just behind the second pack. It was about 10 seconds and I managed to hold that gap through the second lap. But those 10 seconds were crucial and I was left alone on the bike. It was a straight out and back loop on 13.3km and at the first turn around on the way out I sat up and waited for the group behind me. I was joined by Richard Murray, Matia Lukina and another international athlete. We worked well together until the end of the bike leg, only losing a bit more time to the front packs.
From the first lap of the swim my body wouldn’t give me what I wanted from it. I just didn’t have anything in the tank and I have to attribute this to more than 3 weeks of illness and injury that plagued me at the end of January and beginning of February. Flu, not eating for 5 days, a knee injury and bronchitis had all taken their toll on me. So the race became a matter of survival and damage control.
The run was not a pretty sight. It was just a lesson in vasbyt. I think that walking might actually have been quicker. Anyway I made it to the finish in the top 10 South Africans.
Not at all happy with how things went. I am very disappointed to be honest. I have got a long way to go, but at least it is only the beginning of a long season. I guess that after only 4 weeks of proper training after all that bad luck did not leave me in any kind of shape and I was silly to expect more.
Next month involves lots of hard training, but I am up for it!
God has a plan for me. I know that it is a good one and so I am going to just trust him. He knows what is best for me.
Thanks for all the support.
Remember to keep on 😉
Here is a photo of me chowing bears (as Andre would say)