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Gold Coast, Queensland
USM Events
28C / 82F
Total Time = 40m 26s
Overall Rank = 102/276
Age Group = 16-34 Female
Age Group Rank = 16/41
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4:45. Ate Breakfast and pumped up the tires. Got sunscreaned up and I was off. Rode the 2km to the transition area... Into the headwind. I'd picked up my pack the day before so I was "pre numbered" and my bike looked dead sexy with "1152" flapping in the breeze behind me. I found a spot in transition, and set my spot up nicely. Wandered around for a bit before heading down to the start
Event warmup:

stretching, running on the spot.
  • 05m 42s
  • 300 meters
  • 01m 54s / 100 meters

Well I can safely say that I am shocked by that swim placing result... What the hell?? I though for sure I'd come BOP... The teams and males were FLYING past!

Honestly I was not expecting this result. In the first 75 metres I was drafting off Michelle Jones' niece. Yes it's her niece. She's been in the last few races as has her mum (who's Michelle Jone's Twin sister - I'm SERIOUS I thought it was Michelle Jones! She's got the entire Jones Kit on including cap, shoes and FELT Bike!)

Anyway I've been keeping pace with her quite nicely until rounding the buoy. I got hit in the head which disoriented me for a bit. But I straightened up and went back on course. I was in a small pack of about 6 when two screamed out... I looked up and they'd hit a Blue floating pipe... Now what the hell is that??? They rounded the pipe as we did when we all realised there was a chain about 30cm below the surface. It was sharp, it hurt, and the people swimming over the top didn't help. I must admit my first thought was "THERE'S BULL SHARKS IN HERE AND I AM BLEEDING!!!!" That freaked me out a little. I rounded the last buoy and was swimming fast to shore. Bloody hand was STINGING. Stupid chain.
What would you do differently?:

Avoid any permanent structures by at least 15m from now on! Who would've known that the guideline was so shallow in the water!!
Transition 1
  • 00m

Time included with Bike.

I musn't of looked good cause FH said I looked terrible coming out of the water. My foot was stinging but my hand was bleeding. I got my goggles and cap off okay and ran up the big blue overpass to tranition and tried my hardest not to slip and fall off. Got the bike. There was a LONG run to the bike start and it was "uphill" too.
What would you do differently?:

Try not to focus on the pain...
  • 23m 50s
  • 10 kms
  • 25.17 km/hr

Lowest position all season. Hey... I can't compete with Michelle Jone's niece! Just wait until I get a full Tri bike! LOL
When I got to the bike My hand was stinging like anything and holding onto the tri bars was getting sticky. there was a headwind leading up to the first hot dog turn at the lights (to go to Australia Fair shopping centre). After rounding the turn there was a huge gust of a tailwind and I was already above 40 on the flat! IT WAS GREAT! The tailwind was awesome! I regularly looked down to see my cadence at 95 and my speed at 40kph! I WAS BEATING A CAR going in the same direction. GO LEGS GO!
I passed our hotel! WOOHOO! Took a drink.
There was some moron in his driveway with a megaphone yelling "faggot" at everyone who passed. I called back that he was a dickhead. I felt like giving hime the finger but I would have screwed up my aeroposition. :)
Round the second hotdog and I was immeadiatley going 10km slower! It was HARD! That tailwind that had been my friend was now my enemy (and everyone else's enemy!)
Men were forming Packs to shield themselves from the wind. One pack caught up to me near maccas. They gave me a boost for about 1km until we hit the hill. They dropped me but it didn't matter we were almost home!
My foot was starting to hurt... I just thought the velcro on my shoe was rubbing my foot the wrong way...

As a side note, the roadworks from last year were done! The riding surface was as SMOOTH as you could hope to ride on. It was BEAUTIFUL SMOOTH ROAD and my wheels LOVED every minute of it!
What would you do differently?:

Tack onto the illegal drafting sooner! LOL Nah just kidding. I should do some more hill and headwind training. That'll get me good for the next one.
Transition 2
  • 00m

So this is where I noticed the cuts on my foot. I'd taken my cycling shoe off and noticed the velcro was turning red.

It was hard to put my sandshoe on... and the rubbing of innersole on a fresh wound was not great. The girl next to me saw the blood and went, "jeez! You're gonna run on that?" I sure as hell was!

What would you do differently?:

  • 10m 53s
  • 2 kms
  • 05m 26s  min/km

So I was off again over the overpass and out onto the run. The 29th place isn't a shock here. I wasn't fast today.
The tailwind was nice. My gu was delicious (see my blog! FH got them for me for my birthday!)
So I'm getting overtaken left right and centre. my hand hurts, my foot screams everytime i lift it (when the shoe rubs the wounds)and this guy comes up to me and says "Wanna run with me for a bit?"
So he acts as my windbreaker until after the drink station. Then I swap in to give him a break. Didn't matter though as he was stuffed. He let me go on. so I did.
Didn't sprint for the line today.
What would you do differently?:

Try not to focus on the pain. Push through and keep on sprinting
Post race
Warm down:

First thing I did was take off my shoe and douse my foot in water then warned the first aid guy that he'd be inundatted in a few minutes. Got and orange and went and joined the queue. :)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Getting injured in the first half of the swim. Focusing too much on the blood and pain on my hands and feet to just "get up!" and get done.

Event comments:

5mins faster than last year. I did enjoy it as it's a good excuse to have a weekend "down the coast". The team at USM did a great job.

Last updated: 2007-12-16 12:00 AM
00:05:42 | 300 meters | 01m 54s / 100meters
Age Group: 10/41
Overall: 70/276
Performance: Below average
HR fails in the water. Stupid thing...
Suit: N/A
Course: An out and around the sharknet course in the broadwater
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 26F / -3C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Good
Waves: Average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:00
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Bad
00:23:50 | 10 kms | 25.17 km/hr
Age Group: 13/41
Overall: 80/276
Performance: Good
Average - 185 Bike computer says MX 44.7, Average 30.3, Distance 10.2, Time 20.13
Wind: Strong with gusts
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:10:53 | 02 kms | 05m 26s  min/km
Age Group: 29/41
Overall: 176/276
Performance: Good
193 average
Course: out and back along the foreshore.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-03-02 2:02 AM

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Extreme Veteran
Brisbane QLD
Subject: Gold Coast Tri - Luke Harrop Memorial

2008-03-02 4:30 AM
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Extreme Veteran
Subject: RE: Gold Coast Tri - Luke Harrop Memorial
Cop a couple of gashes and it's only natural to focus on the pain. Good one you for getting through. Still you managed to finish in the top 20 in a larger/more competitive age group!
Nice work
2008-03-02 10:08 AM
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Cycling Guru
Fulton, MD
Subject: RE: Gold Coast Tri - Luke Harrop Memorial
Sounds like a hard fought finish!  Congrats on making it to the end even after the pummeling in the water!
2008-03-03 2:22 AM
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Perth, Australia
Subject: RE: Gold Coast Tri - Luke Harrop Memorial
Great RR. Well done on finishing, you're a real trooper to do it all despite the injuries, and do it 5 mins faster than last year! I hope you heal up quickly
2008-03-04 1:36 AM
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Perth, Oz
Subject: RE: Gold Coast Tri - Luke Harrop Memorial

good work 5mins faster and iwth war wounds! thats impressive.

sounds like a painful race, I'd have been totally focussed on the pain and bleeding too.

2008-03-04 2:54 AM
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Melon Presser
Subject: RE: Gold Coast Tri - Luke Harrop Memorial

Did bloody well for being bloody in what turned out to be a bloody tough race for you .

Excellent job! Congrats on your improvement from last year; 5 mins is a lot, especially in a sprint tri. 

2008-03-04 4:28 AM
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Reykjavik, Iceland
Subject: RE: Gold Coast Tri - Luke Harrop Memorial

You did awesome fighting through the pain and getting the best out of the race that shows some real determination

Very impressive

2008-03-06 11:54 AM
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Renton, Washington
Subject: RE: Gold Coast Tri - Luke Harrop Memorial
Choice mate! Bloody Christmas! Nice job
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