After a very rough start to the year, I’m happy that my racing and form has recently come together really well. After being set back from running for 8 weeks between January and March, painkillers became my best friend and I was able to start hard work a little sooner to get in shape.
I wasn’t ready in Abu Dhabi, but I wanted to get a race in my system and see how I would actually fair up. A 42nd was no good and I went home disappointed yet motivated to improve.
I won the African Championships later in March and I could feel the fitness coming through already. I then went on to a good performance in Gold Coast but I felt I wasn’t quite there yet, but left pleased with a 12th.
The week after I returned from Australia, was the first time since January I was able to run pain free and I was highly motivated to have a good show in front of local crowds in Cape Town.
I positioned myself very well coming out of the water, but with my Tri Suit being stuck in the zip of my wetsuit I ended up with the slowest T1 and lost just under 30seconds to most of the field !!
I lost contact with the lead group completely but managed to bridge up with two others, Jonas Schomburg and Alessandro Fabian. We buried ourselves for about 10km to close the gap to the strong group ahead and by doing so I put myself in good contention for a podium again.
Starting the run, my legs were burning with pain and I felt really flat from chasing on the bike. I left everything out on the course and I’m happy with an improved 6th. The support was crazy and I was proud to represent South Africa on Sunday.
Camp Stellenbosch with Triathlon SA was underway from Monday through Friday. This was very beneficial and many thanks to TSA for putting together a great camp.
I am excited for my race in Yokohama next where I plan to rest the body afterwards for a well deserved week before staring my final training block and preparations for the Rio Olympic Games in August!