I have just taken a couple of weeks for me to reflect on my final race of this year and also the entire 2015 racing season too.
I had probably the most incredible last 10 months, when I was able to devote everything purely to my training and racing in triathlon. I have learnt so much about myself, how my body responds and mainly about what it takes to be successful as a professional triathlete.
Global Jet, my main sponsor has given me this opportunity to do so, I have grasped the opportunity with both hands and looking back, I have done sooooo much racing this year as my body allowed me:
XTERRA World Championships, Maui, Hawaii, October – 15th PRO
Pieninsky MTB Duathlon, Slovakia, September – 1st Female, 4th Overall including men 😉
ETU European Championships in Ironman Distance Triathlon, September – Challenge Weymouth-5th PRO
European Championships – Xterra England, September – 6th PRO
IM 70.3 Budapest, August – 5th PRO
Slovakian Championships MTB Marathon, August – Horal – 4h Elite
IM Switzerland, July – 6th PRO
IM 70.3 Luxembourg, June – 7th PRO
Ironman Lanzarote, May – 8th PRO
Ironman Taiwan, April – 7th PRO
TriYAS Marina Olympic Distance Triathlon (UAE), February – 1st Female Overall
Hatta MTB Endurance Challenge (UAE), February – 1st Female Overall
Xterra Philippines, February – 7th PRO
Liwa Cycling Challenge Championships (UAE), January – 2nd Elite Female
This time last year I was recovering from a serious knee injury and had just started back training with a very slow progression to avoid further injury. My awesome coach Bella Bayliss brought my fitness and strength from zero to a good level and I have been very great full to her for guiding me throughout the season injury free. Thank you Bella.
Just over couple of weeks ago I raced my final event of this season the Xterra World Championships in Maui. This consists of 1.5km sea swim (non-wetsuit), a hard and technical 30km mountain bike and finishes with a 10km trail run in the famous Hawaiian hot and humid climate.
For my first try as professional at a World Championships race placing 15th would be a reasonable result. My preparation was progressing well, however, I caught an inflammation of my sinuses a few days before the race which hampered my breathing. Everyone brings their ‘A’ game to a World Champs and it was disappointing to not achieve the performance I dreamt of. Maybe a mistake to race, but there you go, you are not in Hawaii every day racing the best in the World, so I gave my best on the day.
Photo credit: Xterra World Championships
For now I am taking some time off and enjoying my off-season period to reflect on what I have learnt and look to come back into 2016 stronger and faster!
And last, I really would like to thank to all my close friends and family and special appreciation to my sponsor Global Jet and support for the best kit I could possibly wish to use: Colnago, Vision, FSA, BBB, PowerBar, Sailfish.