Preparing for Hyvee 5150 Pro Grand Final 2014 #hyveetri

Last weekend I jetted off to Kelowna BC, Canada to race Kelowna PATCO Sprint ITU. There’s not much to be said about my race north of the border. I swam well, made some errors and finished 12th, slightly disappointed to leave town without any points. (Results here). I must give a huge thanks to the Frandsen family for having me stay in Kelowna. I couldn’t have done the race without their help.

Race Start in Kelowna via @katedaley1

Despite not having the race I had hoped, I had a good weekend. Not only did I get to spend time checking out an awesome town, but I also got news of being accepted into the 30 man pro field at the Hyvee 5150 Grand Final in Des Moines, Iowa on August 31st.

For those of you that don’t know, Hyvee is widely renowned as one of, if not the most competitive Olympic distance non-drafting triathlons in the world. It is a race that has been famous for the amount of prize money offered to pros and is somewhere most of the top athletes from around the world look to put on their schedule.

Des Moines is somewhere that holds a place in my heart. After racing my first ever Olympic Distance race there as an age grouper in 2012, I vowed to come back and race again. This idea stuck with me. After taking my elite license in April, I tentatively set the goal of getting on the start line as a pro in Des Moines this year. Obviously getting an invitation to such a big race was a lofty goal for a first year pro that would only be able to race three 5150 races (five races score) due to work commitments, but after finishing 3rd at Mont Tremblant 5150 I gave myself a chance and was able to sneak in as one of the lowest qualifying athletes after roll down.

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On the run course in Des Moines 2012

I am very grateful to have the opportunity to start a big championship race to cap off my first pro season. I like to think reaching this goal shows that believing in yourself and working hard day in, day out pays off. Having said that, I also realize there is a long way to go. I have gained confidence from every race I have done this year and am heading to Des Moines next week with the intention of turning some heads. I must give a huge thanks to those that have believed in me up to this point. The race is long and you have to enjoy the process. As always, if you see me around come say g’day. Until then, stay safe and train hard.

Milwaukee Super Sprint (Aussie Style) #USATAGNC14

For those of you that ‘don’t get’ Aussie slang. Please find a translation at the bottom of the page..

G’day Cobbers,

I was chompin’ at the bit to have a crack at a super sprint in Milwaukee.  I felt my first race of swim, bike, run, swim, bike, run format would give me a good dig at comin’ away with the bikkies.

2014 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship

Photo by Competitive Image @CompImagePhoto

Exiting the water in 8th with a long run up to T1 I was going off like a rat in a drain pipe doing my best to get in the lead group on the bike.  I went as flat out as a lizzard drinking and dismounted in a great spot just a few ticks off the clock back from the actual Starky but in the main lead pack.

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Onto the run and I was going bananas. We managed to close the gap and pass Starykowicz pretty quick before a group of 4 of us were left at the front of the race entering T3.

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Things started to go downhill quickly from there. I couldnt get my cap on for the second swim given I was sweating like a bag of cats at a greyhound meet. This left me as a mad as a cut snake diving into the water in 5th behind Starykowicz. From there I made my second mistake of the day losing Andrew’s feet after I thought we weren’t swimming as straight as we could. I felt like a Galah exiting the water in 6th behind Ben Collins and Starykowicz as we headed into T4.

I must have had a few kangaroos lose in the top paddock mounting my bike as I hopped on a smidge too early which would end up costing me a 10 secound penalty. I hammered the 2nd bike but there was no one within cooee and I was left between two groups on the road riding solo.

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T5 was an absolute disaster. I had massive issues getting out of my shoes to dismount as one of them had managed to velcro itself during the bike. I was sweating like a gypsy with a mortgage in T5 and have to thank Sara for saving me from another 10sec penalty after trying to rack my bike the wrong way. That shocker in T5 left me exiting with transition with the group that was riding behind me. Thankfully Justin Roeder and I were able to gap the other guys pretty quick on the run before I had to serve my penalty after the first lap. I felt like the arvo was going to waste as I stood in the penalty tent but I went on a tear after that and finished in 7th place behind Justin.

Despite being a bit disappointed with my second go round, I can take confidence for Kelowna next week after leading the race into T3 in a strong field.

I have to thank everyone that was out there cheering for me in Milwaukee. I have never had so much support in a race. I had a blast hanging out with A3,  Every Man Jack, and Team Toledo athletes. Big congrats to all the EMJ boys for some awesome results in MKE. Special thanks to the Denny family for the photos too! Finally, a big thanks to USAT for hosting this event, I can’t wait to have another crack at it.

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Until next time. Hooroo.

AUSSIE TRANSLATION

G’day Cobbers- Hello Friends

chompin’ at the bit to have a crack- really looking forward to racing

dig at comin’ away with the bikkies- chance of winning

going off like a rat in a drain pipe- running hard

flat out as a lizzard drinking- flat out- meaning as hard as you can go

few ticks of the clock- a few seconds

going bananas- going crazy

sweating like a bag of cats at a greyhound meet- sweating heavily

as mad as a cut snake- angry

galah- idiot

sweating like a gypsy with a mortgage- sweating a lot and feeling nervous

shocker- something you did poorly

arvo- afternoon

hooroo- goodbye