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2nd Place Triathlon Int. Nouméa New Caledonia

cer3Palm trees, white sand and blue ocean … This is New Caledonia. A group of islands belonging to France in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. A Perfect location to start the second part of my season 2010 I thought. Since IM South Africa, I’ve had a break to recover and enjoy some time out – but now, a short course race was on the schedule.

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Sticking to the feet of Patrick Vernay, I had a good swim start and soon I was towards the front of the big field. I started the cycling leg as the third woman and took the lead after a few km. In the meantime, I built up a lead of 2 minutes. But then … a flat tyre in the front wheel. I stopped quick and realised, unfortunately I can’t fix the damage. What can I do? Option 1: Give up and walk back home? Option 2: Just continue with the flat tyre and hope, not to smash up the wheel completely. I decided on option 2. So, there was still 8km to go. Very carefully I crept around the corners, sitting up the hill and back downhill sitting on the brakes, I rolled into T2. Unfortunately, my lead shrank from 2min to 10sec. By km 5, Jo Lawn IM NZ Champion, caught me. After a few surges from Jo and myself Jo just got away from me with 2km to go and finished 10 sec in front of me.
Basically, I felt fine but I had to admit, a 2hr race can also really hurt. With not much speed ability but a lot of strength in my legs I can be satisfied with my trip to the short course world.

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TOP THREE ELITE RESULTS, 1.5 km swim • bike • run 40 km 10 km
1st SISSONS RYAN (NZ) 1:49:40
2nd AARON Farlow (AUS) 1:50:06
3rd John Polson (AUS) 1:50:34

1st Jo Lawn (NZ) 2:04:06
2nd Caroline Steffen (SUI) 2:04:16, 23:43, 1:03:14, 37:19
3rd Rachel Paxton (AUS) 2:05:45

Cheers from New Caledonia,
Xena

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