Podium in Kinloch

February 4th, 2015 by

Photo: Jay Shelgren

Photo: Jay Shelgren

It was the first race back in ages.

After last years roller coaster of a year with injury upon injury it was such a nice feeling to be out on the racecourse again.

I had spent some time with coach Darren at his home base in San Diego before coming out here. Most of it was with focus on putting me together as a triathlete again.

Not a rehabbing biker that was spending a lot of time in the pool.

To get a feel for the rhythm of consistency and good work over all the disciplines. Getting over being afraid of breaking down or having pain. It was  good base phase where I slowly regained confidence in that I could train normally. With my lack of racing last years I had fallen through the ITU pointillist of which the world ranking is decided. Fallen like a stone.  I think you would have to scroll down to the 260+ somewhere to find my name.

To get starts – you need points. And for me it didn’t look very likely to get any starts in the bigger races. So like everyone else needing points we decided to start racing early and gather some of those very important points through Continental Cups (and eventually World Cups). Darren sent me over to NZ this past week and my first race was only a few days after arrival – the Kinloch ITU Oceania Sprint Championships.

A first opportunity to wrap my head around racing – and remind the body of the intensity and pain it comes with. 

Photo: Jay Shelgren

Photo: Jay Shelgren

The course itself proved to be a bike worthy a championship with a hill that was going to destroy anyones plans in terms of “sitting in” and “let the pack drag around them”. There was no easy way to get up there. It was going to be a tough race.

So how was it like to race again after such a long absence from the circuit?

Well it wasn’t as bad as expected and I did get some good pointers that we are moving in the right direction.

I still haven’t run masses but to be able to run in a group and feel in control was tremendous. Also having enough juice in my legs to start to ponder about the finish and where to make a move was a great reminder of why I love racing so much.

It was painful – but I did truly enjoy being out there.

And from here it should only get better as the form keeps building.

I’ll spend the next month in Cambridge, NZ and race another couple of Continental Cups. If things go to plan I’ll be quite fit and ready to rock n’roll by the time my points get me in to a WTS race.

Photo: Jay Shelgren

Photo: Jay Shelgren