That said, the time has finally come to start getting into race mode allbeit a bit slow this year. To get the tri racing underway, Trievent Champion Lakes draft legal tri was the choice race to make the season debut. And what a more fitting prep to race than to do my first bit of ANY intensity running the day before?! What the! 90 mins of fartleck in the stifling heat. Yes so as you can probably imagine, my old mate "DOMS" came to visit overnight and my legs were in a world of soreness come race morning! Thankyou coach Landers! So to be honest as everything was hurting, racing was the last thing I felt like doing that morning. Nonetheless nothing i could do but suck it up and hope no little juniors would have a rocket up them and run me down! haha. After trudging through the sludge to the start line in the water, a pancake flat swim brought me 3rd out of the water behind two juniors. Chasing Jas down quickly on the bike let the two of us work up to the lead swimmer getaway and the 3 of us road away from the rest of the girls. Not wanting to let on to my competitors how un race ready and sore my legs were!, i tried to go hard out of transition and pull the old "poker face" run into use until i was happy second place had dropped off thank goodness, and i could run at my own pace the rest of the way to take line honours! But not without a push from some exceptional performances by some up and coming junior athletes Jas and Brit who finished second and third respectively.
So a few weeks later, after race one taking a notch in the belt, it was the Trievents City of Perth Triathlon next, which doubled as State Olympic Distance Champs. This race carries some very fond....and some very not so fond memories, so when i heard the mother nature had changed her plans to give us some cooler conditions and a strong breeze I was more than happy to show my gratitude and look forward to a good race! A slight change in course this year also spiced things up a little running out past the Old Swan Brewery. ( and yes most people did fight the urge to go in for a beverage on the way past )
However one thinh that never changes in this race no matter what the conditions...is the inate ability the Swan River has to give all participants in particular teh females, the most sensational beards and mo's! I even believe that this year it stepped it up and level and gave myself some very attractive "chest hair"! My awesome blue Scody suit, certainly got a hint of brown in it this day until some fresh water waxed it away back to glowing blue again!
A super tough swim in choppy water and looking straight into the sun made a somewhat zig zag swim, and a position im not used to had me leading the second group of swimmers..poor bastards as i dont swim straright at the best of times! So i officially apologise for snaking everybody the wrong way like follow the leader! In my defense i was swimming completely blind in the sun! After exiting firts female out of the water it was a jump onto the trusty Felt bike with my new beard. Not long after Pro Ironman triathlete Kate Bevilaqua came storming past giving most guys a run for their money to steal the lead!
Given my lack of run intensity it was a lead i was not too happy to see get too big as i was uncertain on my ability to run back time! However i think the ITU vs Ironman transition was evident, sliding on the Brooks ST racers quickly and stealing back 30seconds before even hitting the run, I was then happy to see Kate's monster ride had taken a bit out of her legs and I could run myself back to the lead, to claim state title again. Kate finished strong to take second, and Katey Gibb stormed in to round out the podium.
And once again the Swan River mocked us all with its facial hair on all the girls...