Yeppoon is such a nice place and the Capricorn resort was just a wonder. I was looking forward to getting there and having a bit of fun testing myself with the new training from Kristian, but I guess it just wasn't my day.
The weather on the lead-up to the race was beautiful with the sun shining and the wind at bay. I managed to get the bike together and out on a small ride on Saturday with everything just perfect on the bike.The road was a little rough but didn't think too much about it. A nice jog in the afternoon before bed and the nerves are all settled. (In hindsight I think that would have been by first clue that the day wasn't going to go as planed, I always am a little nervous and excited before a good race.)
Started race day pretty early and got the bike in and sorted in no time at all. went for breakfast and then back to the room for a little rest and get the wetsuit on. Back to transition for a final race brief where they announce that the water is 19degrees wesuits are optional (not optional for this person, it is a necessity, 19degrees goes straight through to my bones). The swell is also quite big and fast pushing us a long the beach the right direction. The swim start was 1.9km down the beach so a small walk/jog before I went into the water for a good warm-up, and then we are ready to go.
Starting gun went off and a mad dash to the water, I fall over and cant pick myself back up, so I crawl into thhe water and start a fare way back in the pack. The water was pretty rough and I am not a big fan, but I can normaly handle it well, but this was not normal. I manage to sit beside someone in my agegroup and set a good pace for a while. Then at about the half way mark I lose all sighting ability with the waves knocking me everywhere and I swallow so muck water I throw up. Managed to find the last bouy and turn to head to the beach. I catch a couple of good waves which take me nearly all the way in, so I stand up ready to run and my legs turn to mush as if they said " what do you think your doing, we're not ready yet, you can still swim further". So I swim further and manage to make it up the beach. 27 minute swim isn't too bad but with the aid of current I did expect a little faster.
I make it up the beach and through the showers, just before I get to transition the body thought I better get all that salt water out so I throw up again. Great way to start a ride.
I get on the bike on and get going, the first two laps are pretty good and I get settled in. No one to sit with at this race, either there too fast or too slow, a little bummer. I am traveling pretty good and getting the nutrition back in. I start the third lap and my hands start to go numb and small headache arose. Not a big deal so I push it hard and try to hold onto the tri-bars (as the road was rough and granular). Finishing the forth lap of the five lap course I could not feel my arms and every bump was making my head worse.
My first DNF in a triathlon in 10 years isn't bad. I look back now and wish I did finish, but I just have to get stuck back into training and focus on Las Vegas. I'm back in Brisbane and getting 3 more weeks of good sessions in before I head o/s.
Thank you to Kristian from Trispecific Coaching, Specialized Bikes and Hammer Nutrition for there support in this venture.