Category: Race Reports

When in Wanaka…

I’m sitting looking out over the beautiful mountains surrounding Lake Wanaka. This time last week I had crossed the line at Challenge Wanaka, finishing second just over 3mins behind the winner Yvonne van Vlerken. This time next week I hope I will have also crossed the line, this time at Ironman New Zealand.

High Fives with Lilliana after crossing the finish line. She also presented me with my medal which was pretty special.

High Fives with Lilliana after crossing the finish line. She also presented me with my medal which was pretty special.

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Return to Oz – Mandurah 70.3

Flying into Sydney from Christchurch felt good. It was familiar. I’ve spent 7.5 years living in Sydney so have some strong ties and connections and it was good to land back on Australian soil, albeit for only an hour in Sydney airport before connecting on to Western Australia and Perth.

Fun times in Mandurah #stefface - tribute to Stef Hanson from Witsup!

Fun times in Mandurah
#stefface – just for Stef Hanson from Witsup!

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Grapevine

It’s taken a few days (ok weeks) to think about putting something down about the last few weeks/months and my last couple of races.

To be honest, I’ve been in what I think is called a hole. Mentally more than physically, and it’s taken a lot of grumpiness, moping, and generally feeling sorry for myself, before I’ve managed to kick that to touch and start to think rationally, see logically and basically put things back in balance. There’s been a lot of self talk, a lot of questioning, a lot of reasoning, like I said a lot of moping and generally scraping myself off the floor.

Pre race contemplation - CDA 2015

Pre race contemplation – CDA 2015 (photo cred. Sue Hutter)

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The Number 3

Today is brought to you by the number 3 and the letter A… for ARGHHHHHHH!

So I was hoping for ‘third time lucky’ with my race in Knoxville, but I guess it was the other saying of ‘things come in threes’?

I headed to Challenge Knoxville off the back of two bad races. Completely unrelated issues but none the less two results and performances I hadn’t wanted and wasn’t proud of.

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Taking the ‘Oh’ out of Oceanside…

I wasn’t going to write a race report of Oceanside 70.3. I wasn’t really sure what to say about the race, but after tossing the idea around and actually whilst I was out on a steady run on Sunday, I felt it was the right thing to do to just capture a few thoughts and learnings. Every day is a school day right?

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Fabulous February

What a month it has been! February you were fantastic!

I’m now back in San Fran after a great few days in Sydney capping off a pretty awesome February. It was so good to back   Down Under catching up with friends, visiting favourite places and diving in that ocean at Bondi Beach. Sydney is still a very special place for me, but I’m now settling back into my life here in the USA, with a new focus, motivation and mindset.

SOAS Podium at Challenge Wanaka (Photo: Challenge Wanaka / Getty Images)

SOAS Podium at Challenge Wanaka (Photo: Challenge Wanaka / Getty Images)

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The Roller Coaster….Ironman Arizona Race Report

Welcome to the Amusement Park and the Rollercoaster ride of an Ironman!

This is how they should describe the entering and the lead up to an Ironman, even the race.

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The last few weeks I’ve gone through so many emotions. From head in the sand and complete denial that I was racing an Ironman, to unbelievable excitement and huge amounts of energy (was that the taper?), back to utter fear of that unknown and shitting it…there were even a few tears (very briefly)…

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Lessons from the Pro’s….. 70.3 World Champs

Having spent a week in Mont Tremblant in June with the Purplepatch crew at a training camp, I was keen to get back there. So when I found out I had managed to collect enough points from racing to make the cut for the World 70.3 Champs, I was pretty excited. Mont Tremblant is a fantastic venue and they sure know how to put on a fantastic event. It’s like Disney Land. The town is made up of different coloured buildings and everyone just seems permanently happy. Being back here now for the World Champs the atmosphere in the town had gone up another notch and there was an air of excitement around the place.

Exploring the beautiful area of Mont Tremblant

Exploring the beautiful area of Mont Tremblant www.cycologygear.com

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The Dirty Double….Vineman 70.3 and Racine 70.3

Before any of you take your minds to the gutter….the dirty double is what Matt Dixon and the squad call back to back racing, one week apart.

My first dirty double just happened…Vineman 70.3 backed up one week later with Racine 70.3. The only other time I raced one week apart was backing up Ironman 70.3 World Champs in Vegas with London ITU World Champs, which was an Olympic distance. Those 8 days last September were incredible, but this was a different game, two 70.3 races against some stella women professionals.

Vineman 70.3 Course Recce Absolutely stunning!

Vineman 70.3 Course Recce
Absolutely stunning!

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road…Kansas 70.3 Race Report

So I’m classing this as my first proper 70.3 as a Pro, and with a 4th place finish I’m pretty happy. The big positives are that I felt like I stuck to the plan and took some huge learning away from the race, and even bigger positives, that I know there is still a lot more in the tank and a lot more to come. Having now been with Matt Dixon and the Purplepatch crew for 6 weeks, I’m feeling fitter and stronger every day. It’s a huge learning curve but I’m absolutely loving it and trying to soak up as much as I can, perfecting my sponge impressions!

The Purplepatch Team at Kansas 70.3

The Purplepatch Team at Kansas 70.3

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