Mooloolaba Tri with Pip Holland

At 0350am I woke to the sound of torrential rain and wanted nothing more than to roll over and go back to sleep, but it was race day, so up was. Before I knew it I was rolling through the familiar motions of a race morning.

Having only raced one other olympic distance event, I am still working out my pre race routine, as I certainly do not need to eat the amounts I would before an Ironman or an Ultraman.

After a good breakfast, I arrived down at transition and laid my gear out. With plenty of time up my sleeve, I took the opportunity to grab a relaxed morning as I was not due to start until 8:07am. It was a great break before the race, as my supportive dude drove up from Brisbane to cheer me on…I always race better when he is in the crowd!

At 7.30am, I completed the ritual walk down to the swim start and fit in a quick warm up, in the bath temperature ocean. It was going to be a hot race. As we were called to the start line and given race instructions, I positioned myself far right, as I thought due to swell would bring me right on the first turning buoy. These calculations are important, unfortunately on this occasion I had a slight miscalculation, but was able to correct my position, but as a consequence had to negotiate my swim through the traffic of earlier wave starts.

Exited the swim in 2nd position, in time of 23:48.

Transition 1 - I have always been quick with this, and managed to catch and pass the girl in front of me!

Bike: 1:06:57 Fastest in Age Group and 9th fastest female of the day.

As a side note, I am not experienced in Olympic distance triathlons, so my goal for this event was to see what I was capable of on the day. In the first 20km I was overtaken by lead female, but at the turn I made the decision to push a heavy gear into the head wind, a punishing, but good decision, as I was first into transition two, with a minute lead.

Transition 2: Shoes on and I was gone.

By this stage, it was 9:30am and really starting to get hot! The run was hard work. Around the 6km mark, torrential rain briefly fell, and soon became thick, sticky and humid air. I had to dig deep and draw from the mental toughness I have developed over the years to hold off a group of girls fast approaching, and pleased to keep them in my shadow.

Mostly, I was ecstatic to walk away with second place for my age group, fourth female age grouper home and 15th female overall in what was my first ever Mooloolaba triathlon!

Run time 47:16

Total time 2:21:11

At the moment I consider myself to be 70% race fit, and am now highly encouraged and excited for the coming months, as I prepare to work with Richard Thompson of T:Zero Multisport on the Sunshine Coast, leading into 70.3 World Championships.

Next up, Byron Bay Oly in May. Watch this space!

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