Hola from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ben and I travelled to South America for the first race of our 2016 season kicking of my first year racing in and amongst the Pros.
We picked the race for three reasons :
1. It was an early one and we wanted to keep a check of training
2. The course suited me, I have previously been strong at flat Time Trials on the bike and the course in Argentina see us athletes climb a sensible 27m over 90km!
3. It’s Argentina and when your husband finds some super cheap flights and absorbs lots of air miles plus it’s our swimming pool low season (the family run business) the decision was easy..
The weather was also perfect for racing too.. warm but breezy feeling like low 20s.
To paint a picture.. we were having coffee in Starbucks (really soaking up local traditional Argentina ways!) pre race and Ariane Monticeli was sat by us and kept getting asked for photos etc. being the Ironman competitor that has gone sub 9hours! Dede was also on the start list.. experienced and one tough athlete! Lendway had previously had a good race in Panama and finished on the podium earlier this year. Also Sofie Goos amongst other athletes that truly motivate me were on the start list.
The race was beautiful, we swam in a stunning lake with super smooth water. I swam with a couple of other swimmers with Lendway up the road some 90seconds. Onto the bike and I had a quick T1 which took me into second. 30km into the super flat bike I took the lead and had the lead motorcycle for company. A two loop course with a couple turnarounds made it easy to gage positions but it wasn’t about that on race day.. just had to ‘bike my socks off!’ In training my bike potential looks good, I needed to translate this into a race scenario. I raced to feel rather than power to truly see where I am at. Onto the run and it’s a foot race to the finish line.. I didn’t once look back until I saw the finish shoot.. Wow I was arriving, there was the Ribbon! It was only then I allowed myself a glance back and there was Dede about 10 seconds back in her vibrant speed suit. I was fighting to get there first.. Ribbon held securely across the finish line for Me?.. I cried, I smiled, I cheered, I looked left, I looked right .. Oh wow that feeling was electricity!! I ran straight through the line grabbed the ribbon and took it to Ben like our Suka bringing something she’s proudly found in the garden.. that was pure magic! Two girls within 30seconds behind me hugged and congratulated me, a very special moment thank you ladies I can’t wait to get back out there in a couple of months.
Next up is Ironman70.3 Pays d’Aix, France. I raced last year and I am so excited to race on familiar ground, our puppy Suka may even join us!
Thank you Mark Pearce and Tri Sports Lanzarote for getting me race ready last month.. also Mum for allowing those office hours to turn into very productive bike miles. Happy Mother’s Day, I love you xxx