Category: Race Reports

That feeling – Ironman Australia Champion

Wow! Where do I start? How do you try to capture and explain the emotions and feelings as I stepped onto the finish carpet and made my way down to raise the tape and claim the title as Ironman Australia Champion 2017. I’m getting goosebumps just as I write this. If I could relive those few seconds, or even try to bottle those emotions and feelings I would.

That Feeling! (photo cred www.witsup.com)

That Feeling!
(Photo: www.witsup.com)

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Sometimes you just have to leap…then flap your wings like crazy!

As I write this now, a week ago I was about to board a plane to Melbourne. Just a few hours earlier I was out on a four hour ride in the Christchurch Port Hills. I was enjoying being out and about on the bike. The previous day, the weather had been feral but Friday was gorgeous blue skies and sunshine, with a crisp freshness of Autumn. It was such a fabulous day, I stopped for a quick coffee in Lyttelton, not quite on the training plan, but sometimes you just have to stop and soak it all in. As you do, checked my phone briefly, and read a couple of messages. The night before the idea of racing Challenge Melbourne had been floated, but I dismissed it as far too late in the day. It was Thursday night, I was in New Zealand the race was Sunday in Australia. The messages on my phone were just checking again…was I sure I didn’t want to race?

Photo Cred. NRG Labs

Helicopter Views  (Photo Cred. NRG Labs)

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Beautifully Brutal…I love it! Challenge Wanaka Race Report

Last year Matt Dixon, left me with a thought after my race at Challenge Wanaka, whatever the result, however you feel, make sure you smile for the finish line. Regardless! It’s a non negotiationable.

This year as I ran down through town, just 500m or so to go, knowing I’d come so agonizingly close, but not close enough, that same thought popped into my head, but this year there was no doubt that I’d be smiling as I ran onto the red carpet.

WANAKA, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 18: Laura Siddall of Great Britain finishes second in the 2017 Challenge Wanaka on February 18, 2017 in Wanaka, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Laura Siddall

 Photo Phil Walter/Getty Images

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8 seconds and counting… Taupo 70.3 Race Report

1…2…3…4…5…6…7…8…f*&k!

Actually I think I let out an agonising yell on the count of 1, the point at which Meredith Kessler, crossed the line, raising the winners tape, and I stepped onto the finish carpet realising I wasn’t going to be able to capitalise on the opportunity. Getting so close to the win, but so far at the same time!

Champagne Showers! (cred. Darryl Carey)

Champagne Showers!  (cred. Darryl Carey)

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European Adventures – Podium in Poznan

From Germany to Poland and the European adventure continued. I seem to be making a habit of adding races back to back. As I did in February racing Challenge Wanaka and then two weeks later Ironman Taupo, we decided to put Challenge Poznan, a half distance race in Poland, onto the calendar, which was just a week after Roth. It made sense to make the most of the time being in Europe, and again would be a bit of an experiment and learning experience.

Crossing the line - my first win as a Professional Triathlete

Crossing the line – my first win as a Professional Triathlete

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European Adventures – Rocking in Roth

The last 2 weeks have been a bit of a whirl wind. First of Roth, and then Poznan.

Roth – Breaking 9hrs, 8:51:59, 4th place -and becoming the 6th fastest Britain over the full distance.

Poznan – Winning! My first win as a Professional

So much has happened and seeing as my blog entries are long on the whole anyway, this one is being split into two parts. First up Rocking in Roth!

Solar Hill! Just incredible!

Solar Hill! Just incredible!

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Understanding Utah – St. George US North American Pro 70.3 Champs

  1. 7th place in North American Pro Championships – I’ll take that.
  2. Not everyone has great days – a below average performance doesn’t suddenly mean you are rubbish at the sport.
  3. Use the performance, the feeling, the knowledge, to fuel you to the next, ‘don’t let up until you are happy with your race’ – better never stops, don’t die wondering.
  4. Now move on.

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Here we go again… Two in Two Weeks… Ironman Taupo

It’s been over 2 weeks since I raced Kellogs Nutri Grain Ironman New Zealand. I’ve spent the past week back in Australia and Sydney and Melbourne, catching up with friends and contacts and generally continuing to chase summer. It’s been manic but it’s been awesome. Visiting friends, my favourite places, body surfing with the gang at Bondi, drinking far too much Aussie coffee and catching up with even more friends and fab people. I even managed a day of fun filled swim bike run filming with Witsup in Melbourne! I’m now back in New Zealand and Christchurch where I’m starting to ramp back into training but still keeping things quite fluid and flexible, before I really get stuck into the next part of the journey. I’m pretty excited.

Here we go again... two in two weeks for me... first ever for Francine!

Here we go again…two in two weeks for me…first ever for Francine!

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