I wen’t into the race with these tactics: Swim as hard as I can…Do whatever I have to in order to come out of the water with Jackson. The combined Junior elite and youth elite race made it very interesting and also more competitive. I knew that Jackson would want to come out first. He’s so strong, and always aims to be that guy. I was going to settle into the bike back which I predicted would be me, Jackson, and Josh(another strong swimmer), and then try to break on lap two. Starting the run, I didn’t really know what I’d do. My conservative side told me to keep it easy, run with them, and then try to break, but my competitive side told me “run hard out of T2 and try to drop them!” I somehow just knew I wouldn’t have the patience to wait. For my own peace of mind, I thought I would take of hard.
The morning of the race, I’m usually quite nervous. Should I wear my wetsuit was the big issue this time, but I decided yes, and I’m glad I did. The start of the swim was great. I positioned myself into the first 3 right off the bat. As I saw Jackson move up to pass me in the first 75 metres I just got right onto his hip, which quickly became his feet. After that I didn’t let it get any bigger than a metre between my fingers and his toes. I didn’t want to give any gap. I made the mistake last year of slacking off a little bit, and then losing his very feet and not being able to make it up. So today I just gave it everything I had to stay right on his feet. Often hitting them stroke after stroke. I just didn’t want to give any edge or risk of losing them. My run to transition was quite slow (struggling to find my wetsuit strap), but was lucky that Jackson also had a slow T1. I was first onto the bike, but my slow start made it possible for Josh Ogilvie to close the gap in the first hundred metres or so. At this point I knew it was just us three, and so just settled in, taking my turn, and letting them take theirs. I’m strong on hills, so the hill each lap might have taken a bit more out of their legs than mine, but I felt good, and relatively in control. On the second lap, with the wind to our backs, I waited for Josh to take his turn, and then took off like a bullet, immediately into the aero bars, and driving hard. I had a gap. Josh quickly went to the front again, as Jackson was unable to respond. At the first turn around I knew I was pretty well caught, and didn’t feel like fighting any more. Soon after, they tried to break me on the hill, but I quickly responded and it was more of a surge. I came off the bike shoulder to shoulder with Josh, and Jackson on our heels. As we were exiting the transition after a relatively even T2, I hesitated, but then just sprinted, looking over my shoulder to see I was getting a gap. I quickly established my gap and ran away. I the settled into a had, but not overly hard pace for the rest of the race. In the end I won by about 1 min 30 seconds over Josh who was second overall, and first Junior Elite. Keegan got second in the youth elite category about 4 min back overall. Lincoln, my brother, was just 9 seconds from second place, with an amazing swim bike, and running 3:43 kilometres, but was just outrun by 3rd! I was very pleased with my race. Especially my swim and run. I swam faster than ever, and I ran faster than ever. I still need to develop that ability to go solo though. If I’m comfortable in the pack, I should work to be able to break.
- 16 year old Junior Elite Triathlete.
Long Term Goals
-Have podium finishes in all of my Junior Elite races 16-19.
-Qualify for the ITU World Junior Championship in 2017.
-Win the Youth Olympic games in Argentina in 2018
-Be in contention at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo Japan.
-Win an ITU World Championship.
-Race to win the 2024 Olympics alongside my brother:)
-Win an Ironman World championship after my ITU days.