Jacqui swapping the Knobby Nicks for Super Slicks
Challenge Shepparton 12th November.
It was a very nice feeling going into a race so relaxed with no expectation. Ben and I rocked up in Shepparton just 2 days before race day which is usual for us, Immediately we both had good vibes Shep is a super location for an event and we felt chilled. After the 7 hour drive we took our bikes for a spin this will have been my 5th time on my Liv Avow TT bike with a total of 4 x 90 minute training sessions completed since Xterra World Champs. We headed out to ride some of the bike course it was a weird feeling to just ride a straight road rather than trying to remember that corner or that line or the tree route you need to bunny hop or think about what tyres to use, it was stress free and enjoyable with no post ride bike cleaning so more time to relax.
Challenge Shepparton embraced the family and community atmosphere we are used to at triathlon events, the sun was shining, people were enjoying the outdoors and beers from the German tent kept flowing. This was my first challenge 70.3 experience they certainly have the athletes best interest at heart. As professional athletes we had a pre race briefing to confirm a few rules and regulations 1 being a 20meter draft rule for pro athletes this is a good rule and makes racing for points and prize money very fair, we also had a no wetsuit swim whilst age groupers were allowed to keep the 12metre draft rule and wear wetsuits. We were also very well looked after and it was nice for the organisation to thank us for coming and appreciate that pro athletes give the race a little more excitement which was nice to hear. For me it was great to see some new faces and mix with some new pro females.
No wetsuit swim was good for me I exited the water in 2nd just 35s down on the women’s leader. At 30k I was passed by 2 girls and managed to hold 4th place until the last 20k of the bike then the wheels fell off riding 20kms into a head took it’s toll and I wasn’t able to hold the speed I would have liked. Same thing on the run I held my position and ran well until 14k then it felt like I was running on the spot for the last 7kms. I’m pretty happy that I made it so far round the course my body just wasn’t conditioned to a 90k TT ride or a 21k road run so I truly am thrilled with my effort and stoked to be part of the race and hang on for 5th place with a little bit of prize money in the bank. It’s certainly got me keen to do more I would love to be fully prepared to race this distance so will be looking around for another race to do after a good block of training. I’ve never really liked to ride a TT bike however my Liv Avow was just perfect in everyway, ladies if you are of smaller build and need a TT bike that feels comfortable then check out the Liv Avow I’ve made hardly any changes and as soon I got on the bike it felt fast but more importantly comfortable I didn’t change a thing. It was great to see so many ladies out there racing all looking very stylish, the options for women’s tri gear is huge these days and we are able to look great and feel comfortable during our races thanks to brands such as Liv.
I wont be swapping the knobby completely but I may have found a new goal to focus on. Next up is the In2Adventure Cross Champs down in Bendigo on November 25th and 26th.