Two weeks with Kiwi's
Living with Kiwi’s for two weeks
Two weeks ago as usual I was up early once again to take the first flight out of Launceston to the land of Kiwi. Thanks to Andrew Jones Travel who helped out with all my flight agendas. I had planned to stay with a friend in Wellington for two weeks while I raced at Kinloch ITU Oceania sprint distance championships and Pegasus super sprint Oceania cup. After a massive year in Europe racing I have decided that I will stay home and work on my weaknesses over winter and finish off my University degree. Due to these reasons I needed to make the most of the Oceania races and race early. I was heading to these races in good shape after winning one of the Tasmanian state series Triathlons the weekend before.
I was ready to roll at one of the hardest sprint distance races on the world circuit, Kinloch. The field was very strong with many internationals. After a fast swim I exited transition mid field with my fellow Tasmanian compatriot Jake Birtwhistle and we worked hard to keep the front of the field in our sights. My Look 695 was rolling around the steep hills fast with the front group of guys just in our sights after entering transition two. With many fast runners in my bunch I was able to finish 16th overall.
After the race I enjoyed the beautiful North Island before we headed back to my temporary home in Wellington. The week was spent training with some of the elite cyclist, runners and swimmers of Wellington. Before I knew it we were once again packing up to head to the South Island via the Ferry and car. My body felt great thanks to my 2XU compression. If you love your compression have look at 2XU facebook page to be in the running for a brand new pair. I feel pretty lucky to have witnessed some of the most scenic areas in the world whilst racing against the best in the world.
It was time to race the Pegasus ITU Oceania Cup. The first time I had ever race this format of racing, a distance of 300m swim, 10km ride, 2.4km run with two semi finals of 30 with the top 14 of each semi going into the final only two hours later. I had the faster of the two heats and so I knew there was no holding back it was all out. I had one of the best swims of my life but it was soon dampened due to my seat post falling out in transition. This wasn’t the ideal situation but I was able to stay calm and still make the front bunch and finish comfortably in 13th and through to the final.
Into the final and my fatigue levels were high but I new that everyone would be feeling like this. It was now or never. After the swim there was a small 10-second split between the two main groups on the bike. With only four guys working including myself we held the gap but couldn't decrease it. Onto the run and it was lightning fast and I finished 15th in a stellar field. A very satisfying result.
After the race I had the opportunity to go and swim with wild dolphins with my friend Lachlan who I had been staying with over the two weeks.
While I am at it I would like to make a few announcements. I have two new sponsors on board for 2014, Saucony and Andrew Jones Travel Launceston. So if you need a new pair of shoes or planning a trip abroad these are the guys you want too see.
That’s all from me for now!