After what has been quite an emotional
and far from ideal Summer this season for me for a number of reasons in
the bubble of triathlon, I have left behind a challenging, to say the least, few
months and have arrived in sunny Europe armed with some old and new warriors on my side, to try and help me put the past behind, progress, and make 100% of what I have at my disposal. Is it ideal?, no, but is it impossible? Most definitely not! And apon arriving in the beautifully warm and inviting Cote d’Azure, in my little town of Agay, France, which has become my second home, I was filled with a smile of warm summer again and the excitement again to get amongst it
head first in this place that I really love.
This was all post a quick little stop over, in Japan, Gamagori for the ITU Asian cup. After hardly racing at all this Summer, and then struggling with a minor injury in the weeks leading up to departure, I was about as nervous as racing as I have been in a long while. Knowing that form was not where I’m capable of is a mind set hard to block out race day, but I will never
shy from the competition and my biggest aim from this race was to asses exactly where I am at, get some racing under the belt to fast track me back to where I wanna be, and what better place to do that than a country with $4 sushi! I think
between the three of us aussies, Tim George, and Sascha B-E whose last name is just too difficult to spell late at night J we ensured the business of the supermarket was secure for another year!....though they might vouch it did take a number of attempts to get the sense of direction right to find the entrance..
Anyhoo after doing all the usual prerace prep, posing at the pool for photos, press conference in jibberish, yada yada, race day was hot and humid, as you would expect in Japan. Bit of memorabilia here at this race, I think this may have actually my first ITU podium! About 6 or 7 years prior! And our ITU helper had the memory of Yoda and remembered myself racing here all that time ago AND that I was a vegetarian! Way to make you feel welcome!
Tough race conditions, was prepped well filled to the brim hydrated thanks to Shotz sports nutrition, and it was time to shock my poor body into asking the questions again why on earth I do Triathlons…they hurt! A real solid first lap swim saw me enter lap two on their feet, then maybe I need to learn to dive a few meters further but a little lacky band suddenly
was on stretch! Now thoug the bike work was lacking a did have the joy of breaking in my new bike! Thanks to the hot efforts of Felt and Cyclemania the Felt F2 is my new favourite ride! After a hot long day and a boot up the bum
back to racing I was happy to continue my happy memories of Gamagori with a podium 3rd place finish, and some horrid red tan lines as proof, for the record not to be recommended with plane travel!
Touch down Cote de Azur, and super excited to head to my first
French Grand Prix with my new team as of this year, Saint Raphael Triathlon!