What a weekend, Swiss Miss (name on my racenumber!!!) claims first at the biggest triathlon event of Australia.
I started with an average swim. After the start, I could keep up with the leading group until the girl in front of me let the group go. I tryed to get back but the gap was already too big. After this misstake, I had to swim all the way back to the beach by myone. 1min behind the lead, I left the water. On the bike, I pushed like alwasy my big gears, passed the most of the girls after 10km, the last two girls Ashleigh and Emma just befor the turn around. From this stage, I took the lead until the finishline. 10km was to go on the bike and I just keep going with my work. I guess I was hurting some girls behind me. Back in T2 I had a 1min lead to Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) and a 1.30min lead to Emma Jackson (AUS). Run: started in a nice 10km pace. Some one told me on the way out: “Caroline its only 10km to go not 42km”. thank God. On the turn around, I’ve successfully defended my 1min lead. Realized they now to work harder so having a change to catch me. Ashleigh Gentle start to pushing her pace and got closer and closer. Dave, he has been waiting for me at the 9km mark, when I passed him he said “Swiss, you have to go NOW, she’s coming”!!!!!!!!!! …so I had a look over my shoulder and saw her so f*** close. I’m used to having a 5 to 10min lead not to see the letters on my opponents racekit. So, 1km to go I saw the bridge, I start to SPRINT (ok, it felt like sprinting) I nearly stumble over my own feet, like I said – not used to sprint in a race. The crowd got crazy my body was burning….but how cares I was on the way to win the biggest triathlon event of Australia. Thinking, if I’m still leading on the top of the bridge I can bring it home. A other look back on the top of the bridge, she was still behind me, even closer. I had to go a other 100m very very hard - a other look back and I got her, I broke her. Some high 5 and waves to the crowd and the work was done. I crossed the finishline after 2h01:18 as an first ever non Aussie female winner at the Triathlon Multisport Noosa Festival. Wow, it was just an amazing feeling !!!
Caroline Steffen, Lisa Maragon
|1. Caroline Steffen||Swiss||2:01:18|
|2. Ashleigh Gentle||Robina||2:01:22|
|3. Nicky Samuels||Wanaka||2:03:30|
|4. Emma Jackson||Joyner||2:04:27|
|5. Melissa Rollison||Holland Park||2:04:47|
|1. Courtney Atkinson||Mermaid Waters||1:46:54|
|2. Kris Gemmell||Palmerston North||1:47:06|
|3. Peter Kerr||Warrnambool||1:48:10|
|4. Samuel Betten||Brisbane||1:48:40|
|5. James Seear||Brookfield||1:48:49|