Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wiser.
I love this quote as it sums up my experience of Super League Triathlon last weekend.
I took risks I fell short, I was aggressive, though most of all got comfortable with the uncomfortable and pushed my boundaries to new limits.
Race formats were new and interesting revolutionising Triathlon, as we know it. With three days of racing and 24 of the best Triathletes going head to head it was destined to be epic and it was!
It out rated the WSL Surfing on Saturday on Foxtel! Who would think that some dudes running around in lycra could be so entertaining!
A triple mix got proceedings underway. With a swim/bike/run. Ten minute break then a run/bike/swim. 10 minute break then a bike/swim/run. I would finish 3rd wondering how I could possible do another two days!
The swim leg was always 300m the bike was always 6km and the run was always 2km making racing exciting and demanding!
The equalizer was day two. Consisting of a 6km Bike TT in the early hours of the morning which started on the flat and finished up One Tree Hill where the gradient would jack up to 24 precent. Seventh for me and 17seconds back.
I would start the afternoons proceeding 17seconds defecate for the swim/run/swim/bike/run. It hurt like nothing else and I would come away 6th sliding to 4th overall.
Massage, ice bath, food and sleep were how I recovered! The body was pretty second hand after two days red lining!
The Eliminator was day 3. A slightly more conventional way of racing with a swim/bike/run 10-minute break swim/bike/run 10-minute break swim/bike/run. Though it had a twist, you needed to finish top 15 first race to go through to the second race and then 10th or better on the second race to go through to the final!
The petrol tickets were well and truly used up by this stage and I would finish 10th in the final race!
I’ve been buckled for a week post and hobbled out of bed most mornings since only seeing the normal Ryan appearing late this week. I did everything possible to take home that 100,000.00 though ultimately fell short finishing 6th.
Gold Coast World Triathlon Series is up next on the 8th of April with Commonwealth Games selection on the line. The tank will be well and truly emptied again as look to make my second Commonwealth Games team.
Check back in post for a quick recap.
*Full replays of the weekends action can also be found on Super League Triathlon's Youtube.