Sunday, March 18, 2012

Gatorade Race 6 - Portarlington

The lead up
In the last two weeks I've been training with a new squad and have felt really inspired and on track both with my training and my outlook to triathlon. My new coach has been great and we've set some exciting goals moving into winter and more importantly, for 2013 (but more on that later!). It's amazing what a little belief and re-focus can do. I'm also lucky enough to have some amazing & inspiring people in my life, for which I am eternally grateful for.

Race Day
As I have never raced a 750/26/8, I decided not to set an overall goal time (even though I secretly hoped for a sub-2hr) and wanted to focus more on enjoying each leg for what it was and having fun. 
The great news is that I did that and more! I beat all expectations and had a fantastic hit out on a beautiful course. Portarlington is definitely the course of the series and combined with having a few days out of Melbourne, I couldn't have asked for a better weekend!

Official time - 1:57:42
Splits - 17:57  2:34  53:32  1:33  42:05

What I (re)learned
- Everything is relative. Triathlon has been fantastic for re-teaching me the lessons I haven't quite mastered yet. I've been working hard on not comparing myself to others and although I'm not 100% yet, I'm certainly getting better!
- A little belief goes a long way. Once the hard work is done, the rest is in your head. The key is to be in the moment.. as after all, that's all we have.
- I need to buy the most fluorescent towel around. Twice now I've lost my place coming into T2. You'd think I would have learned after Race 5!

Portarlington may be my last race of the season and what a perfect way to end it! I am feeling the fittest I have ever felt. Life is wonderful.

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