When I joined my local tri club for the 2017/18 season never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be ending the season by going to Busselton! I had heard of everyone else’s training schedules and what it took to be able to do the distances. In January a friend of mine said he was going to head to Busselton in May and give it ago. My biggest concern was the swim (I am not a swimmer and never have been but I'm working on that), but this year Busselton had announced a new event, the long course Duathlon which was 90km ride and a 21km run (essentially I am doing a half iron without the swim). So I jumped and signed up, informed my coach Naomi of my intended craziness, but I did also have a lot of self doubt.
Even though I was logging the kms and getting the training done, I still did not believe that I could do what I intended to at Busselton. Around March I was ready to cut my losses and drop out, I knew I could cancel my accommodation without an issue. A chat to Naomi and a few others and I persisted. I had already completed a half marathon in January so to me I was half way done.
I did my first long course local triathlon in April, and felt fantastic. So excited (and I think a little crazy) that I contacted Naomi again and asked if she thought I could do the Olympic Distance Triathlon the following week as a true Oly and not a duathlon. Decision was made and my mind at ease and I kept the secret from every one of my decision (except coach) until the following Sunday morning when they all found out I was taking a jump and doing the Oly. I Finished the race and It was then joked that I could do the 70.3. After a long chat with Naomi, it was agreed I am not mentally prepared for it as I have never completed a single open water swim (where I am the closest beach is 4hrs away). The decision to do the Duathlon was staying.
Almost 2 weeks after the Oly, I was still on a high, training was going really well and I was happy with my kms on the bike and my run times were on the improve, it was time to pack the car and head to Busselton. Road trip! Bikes prepped, bags check a zillion times to make sure no