Any quams or concerns I had with radiation affects were quickly washed away, (Until i saw the flying fish in the harbour!, but then actually thought that this would be quite beneficial to my racing if i aquired the same side effects!)
so that was not an issue either! Race hotel overlooked the transition and the
harbour, and breakfast was a joy to see blue skies once again, as i steered
clear of the raw fish table for brekky, to say hello to some friends from New
Zealand, Spain and listen to some of Maccas morning banter.
A nice little city, and very excited to be hosting the first major sporting event since the terrible earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March, the Japanese were super excited to have the athletes back and supporting their country after such a disaster.
Although a terrible place to try and train for a week, with the first pool we went to being 31deg!, no roads to cycle on and not a huge choice of streets to run, it redeem itself by providing me with some excellent sushi everyday for lunch, naturally!
With an early start race day 5.30 wake up, my body was functioning as good as it always does at this time of the day, no matter where I am in the world....meaning it wasn't! Having struggled to sleep properly since i got to Japan, and insufficient sleep race night, I had heavy legs,and its fair to say my eyes resmblemed that of the Japanese that morning as I squinted through my
slits to eat my cereal. there was not much more i could do but try and get my body to understand it was work time not sleep time!
A hot and humid morning greeted us outside, actually a very hot and humid morning, and with the water temp 27 deg there was going to be no cooling off in this race until the finish.
Lining up to start I was already hot and sweaty, and I was yet to even start racing! A clean start rapidly turned to chaos around the first boy where Im pretty sure I tread water around the first two buoys to keep my head afloat!
Costly, as i exited first lap already at the back of the group. Just trying to stay in touch with feet from then on I exited the water much in the same position after the second lap, even a few strokes back.
A good transition and feeling good on the bike today I caught onto the 3rd pack very quickly and proceeded to take the charge to catch the second pack who was just ahead. After a lap and a half of chasing by myself I caught the second
pack and sat up for a breather.
Not too long though!, as I was stoked to have a couple of girls who arent afraid to chase on the bike, so I quickly went up to help them in the chase to catch the lead pack. Hard work payed off for once, as with one lap to go we caught the leaders!!! Super excited as this was unfamiliar territory for me in a WCS, but something I have been trying for, for sometime!
Unfortunatley all this excitement sent me an adrenalin urge in transition and I promptly forgot all about putting my helmet in my box, and instead probably sent it hurtling 30 bikes down the wrong way in my flurry to get out of
transition and out with leaders....this equalled a 15 sec penalty! :(...and unfortunately as I was unorganised as to know where exactly the penalty box was, later ran into what "Sheedy-Ryan" thought was the box! No, No that wasnt it, as
my japanese volunteers who spoke no english had no idea what I was doing! This little incident ended up costing me in the realm of 30-40 seconds, and a couple of places in the run too:( Not Happy!
However, all this excitement and penalty aside, I ended up posting one of my worst runs in a long time, as the temperature gage rose to 32 deg, and the 80% humidity took its toll, I felt very average. Running very conservatively,
learning from not so pleasent past races in these conditions I was apprehensive on the course to push too hard, and after doing a lot of the work in chasing on the bike, my body was hot hot hot. My little vacation in the penalty box was the
worst too, as once stopping you feel the heat even more, and it was hard to get going again, but completely my fault i guess so no whinging! and as everyone stumbled across the finish line into the ice bath and was still sweating 30 mins
later we were all feeling the wrath of the heat!
In the end I got my best WCS result yet with 14th! Stoked to go in witha ranking of 41 and come out with a 14! Happy but also not!, but at least it sets me up in a better position to kick start the 2012 season, as points from this
race go towards next seasons series.
Another positive note though, Emma Moffat finished back on the podium with a second place behind Andrea Hewitt, who is in stellar form atm, and Emma Jackson rounded out the top 5.
From there, there was some cheering to be done for the Aussie boys, a hunt for a kareoke bar, a plane trip back to France, and Iv spent a week in Sete with Andrea for training.
One more big race to go....countdown has begun!
Thanks so much to all those who give the support to me, its been a year with ups and downs, and glad the final WCS delivered something more noteworthy than a DNF in Beijing!