March 12th, 2016 by Lisa
Back to back racing.Â
A year ago I would have given my arm for that combination on my calendar.Â
When Facebook tells you what you did a year ago and you see a picture of yourself tethered to the stairs in the local pool, running.
Not fun. I much rather be on the streets of Mooloolaba battling with slow legs and a burning sun. The wonderful edges of the spectra to get a full taper, feel fresh and then go on and smash yourself to bits and fall on your knees once the line is crossed.
Its been a good block of racing, the Abu Dhabi WTS followed by the shorter sprint distance in Mooloolaba WC.
A sprint is fun. It’s short but more intense. The pace is on from the start and never dips down to a more controlled comfortable steady state.
I had a great swim this time, a notch up from Abu Dhabi and closer to the front from the first buoy already. The surf maybe played into my hands a little bit, my long legs and some history training and Bondi Beach/Sydney years ago gave me a good starting position once out behind the break to start swimming.
We were a smallish group of about 10 girls out on the bike and pushed the pace quite hard early on. This gave us a break to the chasers which we lap by lap managed to increase a little. Off the bike we had about 45 seconds. Jodie took off and went on cruise home the win in similar style to last weekend. I battled with slow legs, not used to the speed quite yet. I ran away from some girls in our bike pack – but also had some speedy ones coming from behind running through me. Being aware of the points and how important every place is I tried to hold my ground as much as I could – and finished 11th.
A 10th (abu dhabi) and 11th (Mooloolaba) is definitely a tick and a thumbs up. The body is in one piece and we have a four week phase ahead to do some proper work.Â The base block I finally was able to build this winter will provide a good stepping stone for the next step – where some more speed and specific race pace will be done.
After a bit of lunch and playing in the surf we’ll drive down to the Gold Coast and get cracking on the next phase.