Oceania Championships 2014

02/03/2014 21:44
Oceania Championships 2014

 

There is no place like home. This week I was preparing to race in one of the biggest races on the Oceania calendar and it was in my own backyard, not literally. The elite and under 23 Oceania Olympic distance championships were held in Devonport, Tasmania. Leading into the race I had a good taper, which was largely due to me also starting my first week back at University. Being a local there was some media attention directed towards myself and other fellow Tasmania’s racing in the elites.

Going into the race I was confident and I felt great. I was hoping for a swim with little to no surf or chop, as it is definitely not on the top of my wish list for racing conditions. Unfortunately it was rough. The swim was fast like always and I exited the water near the rear of the field.

 

On the bike and I was able to hear my Tasmanian support crew right behind me while myself and two others gradually rode through a good chunk of the field, dropping some and picking up a few to add to the group. I rode extremely well for the whole 40km but had to spend a lot more energy than what I wanted too. Once I reached the run I had a great amount of pain in my lower back and the aim was to just get to each turn around of the run to make it to the finish. I made it through and finished 14th in the under 23s.

 

It was a strange feeling finishing the race as it was my last big ITU triathlon for most of the year due to my University commitments. For the winter of 2014 I will be concentrating on my weakness in triathlon, which is swimming, in order to make the next step in my career. Whilst doing this I will also be aiming at competing in cross country racing, mountain running, state road running championships, cycling races and the possibility of racing in some triathlon’s in Asia and the Pacific.

 

Thanks again for all the support over the weekend.