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Florida 2008

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

7 days to go till my final race of the season! Ironaman Florida. It is the 7th year in a row that I will have raced this one! ..you could say, I like it here!! ..I really do, everytime I arrive here in Panama City Beach I enjoy my time.
This year I have got to spend a bit more time here as Stephen and I came straight from Hawaii to here. Not that we are doing anything extraudinary! ..but we are enjoying doing what we are doing! ..swimming at our favourite pool in the world (an outdoor 50m pool, brand new and hardly anyone uses it!)
riding about! ..the only thing we miss is hills. It is dead flat here!
Oh, we enjoy going to Walmart too! It is the closest shop to us and it has EVERYTHING, so we dont need to go anywhere else! Its great!

Our room has a magnificent view over the sea and white sandy beach. Could’nt really get better!

My training has gone well since Hawaii and I cant wait to get stuck in next Saturday. I will be strong and I will be concentrating on doing a very good job.

It will be good to have Stephen there at the side to support me, although I have given him strict instructions not to be out there all day as he has to be fresh for his race at 70.3 Champs a week later.

Next week we will pack up here and head to Clearwater for Stephen’s race, but I cant think about that yet, ..got a lot to do here first!

the morning after the race!

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

The World Championships are done! Its nice to relax for a mintue!
I am over the moon with my 7th place. My “acheivable goal” was to creep into the top 10. But at times out there racing, it felt like it may be difficult.
After having a very good swim, coming out with many top contenders I never felt strong on the bike. Girls and guys would fly by me and I could only watch them go into the distance. I kept calm and worked with what I had. Maybe top 10 would’nt happen today. However after 4 hours on the bike, I began to feel ok. Wow, 4 hours to warm up after a 1 hour swim!??!
Anyway, I began to finally catch some girls! Leanda Cave, Charlotte Kolters, Rebecca Keat, Gina Ferguson, the Spanish girl!!! :) :)
Suddenly I felt a little energy come back!

Onto the run and this is where my work had to begin. I went out sensibly as it would be stupid to look like the champion in the first 5km then come home the last 10km walking.
In the previous days coming into the race I experienced how hot in the head you can get very quickly if you run out hard.
I needed to stay cool.

Coming into the first turn around I saw Chrissie first, she was in the lead and looking strong. I knew all she needed to do was keep running like that to the finish line and the race would be hers.
The other girls were not out of reach for me. I just needed to look after myself, drink and stick in there. Sure enough, from mile 11 to 23 I had a fun time! I went from 14th place to 7th! Passing Sybelle Matter, Joanna Lawn, Dede Gresbouer, Belinda, Gina Ferguson and another!
It was never easy. I had to concentrate really hard on doing all the things that I need to do. I did’nt freak out when things were not going my way and I dug real deep all day. I am very very happy.
Congratulations to Chrissie, Erika, Belinda, Donna, Hillary and Stephen. !

October 2008

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Our TeamTBB pre Hawaii training camp in Jeju, South Korea has almost ended now. The 8 of us are all set to go to Hawaii! Boss has made sure he got the best out of us each and every day we have been here.

Its been my first time to South Korea and I have been impressed. Its a welcoming, safe and clean country. Training facilities, well they are better than most countries! Its a cyclists paradise as the roads are amazing and so much choice of places to ride.

Ironman UK is well into the history books now and its all focas on Hawaii. It will be my second time to race Ironman Hawaii. But this time I have alot more experience and I know what I have to do. Last time I went into the race I was naive and a nervous wreck!

I have had my best year ever but I will treat this race like I have the rest. I am calm but excited.

Its not over after Hawaii, Stephen and I are off to Florida, (for the 3rd instalment of our pre-wedding-honeymoon!!? ! I have Ironman Florida on my birthday and then Stephen has 70.3 Champs on the 8th!