My training after Ironman Frankfurt went surprisingly well. I took first two weeks very easy and then as usual I got sick with some virus just two weeks after the Ironman. It becomes “normal” thing for me. I had to take 3 days off and antibiotics but luckily i got healthy very soon.
Three weeks after the race I started in first ever 5150 race in South Africa – in Bela Bela. It was very exciting ti have this series coming to our country and there was no way I would miss this race. It was hold in Forever Resorts Warmbaths and it was really awesome venue and fun place for whole family. Race went really well for me. I swam with first few guys very comfortable pace. Once on the bike I decided to go as hard as i could and try to built a gap on other girls, especially Lauren Dance which I knew can be very good runner. Bike course was very honest with few rolling hills. I got into T2 with very reasonable gap and was able to take run bit easier and still won by almost 4 minutes.
After Bela Bela race I had consistent training for couple of weeks. I had great training partners in Lynette and Andrew. Lynette is training for her first ITU World Champ long distance in Nevada and Andrew for his first Kona. Both looking in really good shape, watch for them
Just before leaving to Kona, I did Joburg City Triathlon. First race of the series, which is again 3 races this year. I always liked this race and with being only two weeks away of Kona, it was perfect timing to test my fitness.
I was unusually nervous morning before the race. I knew that my training was going well and I should be quite strong and I also knew that all the training for Kona was done and if I will have bad race there is not much I can do anymore. So I was excited and scared to race together.
Ladies started first and straight from the start I went to the front. After couple of hundreds meters I started feeling power in my arms and good in the water and slowly pulled little bit away from other girls.
Bike was 4 laps around Germiston lake and my tactic was same as in Bela Bela – go hard on bike and try to built some lead before the run. I felt really bad during first lap, struggled to find my legs. There was lot of negative thinking in my head and all I could think of was to stop and throw my bike to the ditch. Then I missed some turn in the end of the first lap, cycled bit more and lost about 30 seconds and suddenly I saw Carlyn Fischer and Riana very close behind me. Grrr, I got really angry and guess it helped to find my legs. Suddenly I started feeling good and rest of the bike went very quickly and once again, I built nice gap to rest of the field.
On the running course I felt good, so all I needed to do was to find nice rhythm and to enjoy whole race and people around. It is amazing how much it helps to hear all my friend and other people cheering. I was running with huge smile on my face all the way to the finish.
Joburg City tri once again proved to be extremely well organised race! I was also very proud of all the girls from Trifactri – there was 6 of us in top 7!