November 5th, 2016 by Lisa
Unfortunately it wasn’t a repeat of last year.
Damn stage races are tough, and if you come in a little bit fragile the body will hurt.
The season, that now has stretched over two years, has started to take it’s toll and my body didn’t feel the love.
I didn’t pull upp well after Aruba and my achillies felt a bit niggly. Most times thats ok, the body gets through a lot of things even if there is a bit of discomfort involved. But with stage races it’s different, the ability to back up the next day again and load up the body 100% back to back.
The first stage was three individual TT’s.
I swam a little under par, feeling good but apparently too good as I wasn’t swimming fast enough. No excuses – just not fast enough. The bike was better and more to expectation. A third fastest bike split is almost bragging rights in a field of the caliber that had assembled for the weekend, only Heather Wurtele and Holly Lawrence scored faster times. Day one finished with a 5k run and after summarising the three TT’s I was sitting in 7th. Â Not too bad.
Waking up the next morning the foot was sore. I was up early giving myself a lot of time to move around and slowly warm up up the system. A bit of ice and isometric holds seemed to have worked well in the past but today it was more tender than before. I guess not too far fetched after yesterdays 5k all out run on tarmac. Still, I figured once warmed up and with some adrenalin in the body I might get through ok.
Day two was 750 swim, 5k run, 40k TT bike, 750 swim and 5k run all back to back and with a mass start.Â
I swam with the bunch but lost contact with the bunch straight out of T1. I was sore and couldn’t load up my foot probably, there was no spring and I couldn’t put any force through the ground. Trying to stay positive I talked myself into that this could tactically be ok, I would have more horse power on the bike and some girls might have fried themselves too early…? Unfortunately there was no superpowers on the bike that day.I was quickly to discover that even riding my bike hurt the achillesÂ and similar to on the run I couldn’t transfer the power.
I was absolutely devastated as I pulled the plug coming back into T2.
Calle was there and there might have been a few tears as I left my bike and returned my chip. The absolut worst way to exit a race. But right there with no other alternative if I wasn’t completely to ruin my body.
I wanted to have finished the race out on Highbourne Cay after Day 3 – but instead my body get to start the holiday one day early. I still got to go to Highbourne Cay but as a spectator and tourist. Not the worst thing that could happen in life…
It’s one of the most beautiful islands in the world, it’s private, it has got a nice restaurant and beautiful beaches. And I was going to watch some of the best athletes in the world compete. Bittersweet yes – but quite survivable ðŸ™‚
Luke and Beth McKenzie once again had put on a wonderful event, really it’s on it’s own in terms of hospitality, field quality and excitement.
These guys are working their butts offÂ for this race.
I also owe Mark Holowesko a bit thank you for making all these wonderful things happen.
With this my race season 2016 is complete.
It’s been 13 races in 5 continents.
More air miles than ever before and the longest stretch of racing ever (there was never a break after last years season).
I don’t think I ever needed a break more. Mentally and physically.
And I’m very much looking forward to the month ahead.
For the first time in a very long time I’m going to treat my offseason with respect. I’m going to properly rest up from all things triathlon related.
Commuting to the pool, showering three times a day, planning my meals. The list is long.
There are some very exciting plans for next year.
Darren is retiring and will sail around the world. I guess a very well needed break from athletes and things sport related.
So I have been doing a lot of thinking and came up with a plan that feels both exciting and makes a lot of sense.
But more of that later on.
First I’m going to enjoy my break.
It started top notch with a few days in Miami. Picture below gives you an idea of the theme.