End of Season Report
End of season report
Over the past two weeks I have finished off my 2015 season with two of my favorite local races. Firstly I drove down to seven-mile beach in the south of Tasmania to defend my State Duathlon Championship for a second year running. Unlike my race at the World Duathlon Championships the distance was a sprint distance consisting of a 5km run, 20km ride, 2.5km run. The race is very unique with both runs competed on the beach. I was very confident going into this race with most of my competition coming from some very keen juniors. I lead the race from start to finish and was very proud to support the Tasmanian event.
Moving onto one week later, I planned to finish my season off by defending my title at the Point to Pinnacle half marathon in Hobart. The race is titled as the hardest half marathon in the southern hemisphere where you literally run for 21.1km up to the top of a mountain (Mt Wellington). This is a very special race for me, with great support from family and friends set in one of the most beautiful areas in the world. Not only did I want to defend my title I also wanted to chase the course record. Having that in mind I lead from the front in the early stages and never looked back. Although I took over a minute off my previous years time I still fell a minute and a half short of the record in 1hr 25minutes 49seconds. Going into the race with a niggling injury I believe that it held me back from being closer to the record but I am all ready locked in for the 2016 event to have another shot.
Over the past weeks my body has started to become very tired and it was indeed the right time for a much needed break. I will be having some rest and recovery whilst planning for bigger and better things in 2016.
In reflection of 2015 it has ben a very interesting ride, much like a theme parks roller coaster. After finishing off my University degree in 2014 I started 2015 with some excellent results down in Tasmania. I soon made the move to Brisbane and then across to Europe. This was a very fluctuant period that didn’t go the way I had hoped but still consisted of some very important learning experiences and results. I couldn’t be happier with the decision to move back to Tasmania and finish off with some extremely strong performances.
It has been a pleasure to be supported by family, friends and my sponsor’s 2XU, LOOK, Andrew Jones Travel and Jail House Grill for another year.