Rebekah Gardiner: Aloha Aquathlon 3 Race Report July ’19

So… where to start…

It’s been 8 weeks since I completed my first Olympic triathlon and became the Herts Champion and so there was definitely some nerves around but overall was excited to get back out racing.

So the swim was the toughest I have experienced so far in my recent move to Triathlon. Firstly I got knocked either side and then got knocked quite hard on the head which made me panic and quite honestly could hardly breathe for the first straight of the swim. I then just got into my rhythm and focused on each stroke and just kept motoring forward. I had been separated from the pack in front which meant I was swimming out alone.

Then getting out after 2 laps of the lake was the next challenge ha ha slipping around.

Entering into T1 I knew I had some work to do on the run. I think I came out about 6th female. I got to my transition zone and was half way through taking my wet suit off and I suddenly got overwhelmed by the most dizziness I have ever experienced. I couldn’t stand so had to sit to put my trainers on! Was scary and I didn’t know if I could even get up but I did and after nearly running sideways into the bush I got into my stride and just focused on running people down. Passed 2 females putting me into third position and could see Tamsyn Clark ahead in which I was closing in but just didn’t have enough track.

Given everything that happened I have to be satisfied with third and everything I can look back at and reflect as learning curves in my early triathlon career. Excited for the London Triathlon next week where I take on the Olympic distance.

Joining Tri Force and taking up Triathlon has been one of the best decisions of my life and it is still early days in regards to the training and racing. So watch this space 😃.

Thank you Rav Dighe and Suhela Dighe for hosting a great race series in which I have a 1st and a 3rd to my name 👍

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