I've found it difficult to pen my thoughts on this race. If you read about Ballarat last year then you have a pretty good idea of how things unfolded. There were some minor differences. Cold weather was not one of them! Last year, I struggled to hold onto the chase pack in the swim. This year, I was able to comfortably follow the group. This is very positive in terms of the feeling but the net result was the same. The transition to the bike was smooth and I positioned myself at the front of the chase group for the first few kilometres; another big positive after hanging off the back from the get go in 2015. Unfortunately, the group rode away from me at the same point. Riding solo and on the limit to keep the group in sight left me exhausted by the first turnaround. In hindsight, the rest of the ride was recovery from the initial efforts. In stark contrast to Murray Man, I dismounted the bike feeling like a bag of nuts and bolts. Pleasingly, I was able to build throughout the run and post one of the faster times. Just like last year.
What can I make of this repeat? What should I make of it? Probably nothing. There isn't a lot to be gained from dwelling over the negatives and what ifs once the day has passed. It was great to be back racing in such a competitive environment after a very low-key year and as an introduction of what 2017 will bring.
2017 will also bring an exciting change of scenery as I move to Brisbane, Queensland. The past year in Adelaide has been challenging yet rewarding. It was the catalyst to change my training and make the necessary adjustments to continue growing as a professional. I've placed a lot of emphasis on swimming and cycling this year and my training has shown that they are moving in the right direction. Ironically, I feel as though I am running faster than I ever have despite doing less. This goes to show that specificity trumps volume and I have Alex Price from AP10 to thank for that.
I'd like to thank Bike Society for partnering with me throughout my time in South Australia.
I'll be proud to continue representing long term sponsor Pro4mance Sports Nutrition moving forward.