What does an elite athlete do a week out from an “A” Race….
The finish times were the slowest ever recorded, yet racer after racer described it as “epic” and “one for the ages.”
9th July 2017 | Jacqui Allen
Written by Will Kelsay June 21, 2017
I was going into this race taking a lot of confidence from my race in Rotorua the ladies field was small but Carnia Walse always brings her game face and I knew the race would be on with b&jracing’s very own Penny Slater having an outside chance of top step you just never know what will happen at this race.
As I didn’t plan to race any triathlon races before our wedding I flung myself into something new. The National Cross Country MTB series put me hugely out of my comfort zone in every way possible, every race made me more nervous than I’ve ever been before, it was new, I was out of my league, the course’s were technical and I wasn’t fully prepared to get my arse handed to me by crazy fast junior’s but wow once that start gun went you couldn’t get the smile off my face. It was fast, furious and whilst I only just scraped inside the top 10 on a couple of occasions I crossed the finish line like I had won the bloody race, there was so much satisfaction for doing my best that I was over whelmed by excitement and so proud of what I had accomplished. I am certainly hungry for more but my heart ultimately lies with off road triathlon. Overall I finished 12th in the national series which I thought was pretty good but room for improvement as always.