Since racing Ironman 70.3 Geelong on Sunday I have taken some time to reflect on what was for me, what I would consider to date one of my more successful half Ironman distance races. I went into race day feeling fit and strong, however, you never really know how your 'race ready' feeling compares to everyone else's. It had been almost 18 months since I last hit the start line for a half Ironman distance race and despite having truly itchy feet, boy was I nervous, especially once I saw that start list and the incredibly talented girls I would be racing!Read More
Far out - what a day! Pretty sure we are now known as the booziest tri club in Melbourne, with champagne bottles pretty much getting popped as the girls crossed the finish line. We had an incredible day out - with the Beginners completing their first tri, other girls completing their first Olympic, and everyone else achieving huge PB's!Read More
Gotta love living in Melbourne. One week we have flooding, the next week over 35 degree days for the first triathlon of the new year! Leading up to the race most were concerned about the "gastro outbreak" and water quality in the bay from the flooding, not to mention the shark sightings up and down the Great Ocean Road.. apparently a few paid a visit to St Kilda and Elwood Beach, but luckily the event was finished by then!Read More
I knew that I wanted to do a half Ironman before ever doing a triathlon. During the course of 2016, I completed 3 Sprint distances and an Olympic one to prepare for the 70.3 in Ballarat. The entries for Ballarat opened on the 18th of March at 11am. At 11.05 I was signed up. I was convinced that I would train all winter and then be ready by the time the 16 week HIM program starts. That was the first fail - training over winter was inconsistent and when the program started I got scared, but there was no way back.Read More
One year ago Emma completed the first Beginner Triathlon Course with TriChicks, last weekend she completed her first Half Ironman. Check out her race report below:
“It’s not the destination but the journey”. This soon became very clear at approx week 12 of 16 week HIM program. I struggled to cope with the hours I was required to invest in training combined with my workload (day job) and a stressful environment. Melt down complete and a weekend away with the girls in Ballarat and I was back on track. The ups and down I discovered were normal. I would not give up and embraced the hustle mentality of pushing forwards (This ultimately put me in good stead for the big day). A muscle tear in my quad a couple of weeks later another set-back yet I remained positive that all would come good – and luckily it did.
Race day – Here it is….Read More