I’ve always said that as soon as triathlon stopped being fun, I would stop doing it. I think I’ve finally reached that point.
This was one of the best courses, and most enjoyable weekends of racing I’ve ever had! Whilst not stoked with my result (9th in my AG, time of 5:06), it’s what I deserve and has provided a good benchmark which I know I can improve on.
After a few bumps throughout the year I have officially started my triathlon comeback, and it seemed fitting for this to occur at the same place as it all began – in Callala, on the South Coast of NSW.
As part of my whirlwind USA tour, I wanted to race the Fox Valley Half Marathon for 3 reasons: 1) Exposure – both for my sponsors and of the wider American sporting community. 2) To make sure I ran and didn’t get fat eating all the amazing American food. 3) Adventure – it would make for a good story. Which it certainly did!
Now in its 32nd year, the JP Morgan Challenge is a global Corporate running series, and as winners of the Sydney event, my CBA team was flown to San Francisco to compete in the international final. 5 continents. 7 countries. 13 cities. 265,000 participants. 3.3 miles. 4 women from Commonwealth Bank representing Team Australia, who are now officially the 3rd fastest female corporate running team in the world!!!
This time in 3 weeks I’ll be on the plane to San Francisco for the JP Morgan 5.6km International Final. Eeeesh! Naturally training has taken a run focus and I’ve had some great benchmark races, including Striders 10km run, the City2Surf and the City Mile Dash.
Covering 25km of undulating bushland along the Oaks Fire Trail, the Woodford to Glenbrook Classic is a popular off road run with a strong sense of community. I’ve been struggling with my long runs lately and when I found out a few friends had entered, the thought of spending a beautiful winter’s day in the mountains was motivating. I knew this race would test me as I have only been running up to 20km and although there’s a lot of downhill in this run (the last 12km to be precise), it was going to hurt. And it did.
I am still buzzing after spending last weekend at Forster with the BRATs for Club Champs. It was the third year in a row I’ve raced here and stoked to podium for the third year in a row also (especially considering my current fitness levels). Overall BRATs came 8th. Congratulations to our prize winners and a very big thank you to Tri Bike Transfer for their services and to Bikebug for donating over $2000 worth of prizes!
The Corporate Triathlon series is held on Mrs Macquarie’s Point with the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in the background. It is a team event with work colleagues, over super sprint distance (300m swim, 8km bike, 3km run) and the CBA Ladies Team has now won this event 7 years in a row! Since Kona I have been unsure if my competitive spirit would ever truly recover however safe to say I have got my mojo back and could not have asked for better conditions for my official return to racing.
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