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Date: Sunday, November 8, 2009

From: Helen

Update from Helen ...

Just a quick note to let you know I backed up from the Olympic Distance Worlds on the Gold Coast by heading over to Perth for the Long Distance Worlds 5 weeks later.  I was probably looking forward to this race more, because the distances suited me better – 3km swim, 80km bike, 20km run. 

When race day dawned I knew it was going to be a tough one – it was blowing a gale, and the river looked like Bass Strait (but browner).  We swam 2km straight into the chop and it was a real struggle, but then coming back with the wind behind us didn’t seem any easier – it was just plain hard.  Swallowed a fair bit of water.  Anyway, I came out of the water in 3rd place in  y age group and jumped on the bike.  I had decided not to use the disk because of the wind and I think that was a good decision, there were parts of the course where I was battling to keep the bike on the road anyway.  I had caught the two in front by the 15km mark, and was still in the lead at the end of the bike.  Averaged 35.6km/h which is pretty good for me, especially in those conditions.

Started the run with a 4 minute lead and still held that after the first 5km.  I was starting to think maybe I could do this.  Then things started to turn a little bit ugly – the soles of my feet started burning, then my knee and hip were giving me grief.  I kept going, trying to ignore the pain and even saw 180 on the heart rate monitor, which I don’t do very often.  It was also quite a hot day, well over 30 degrees.  I was still in the lead with 5km to go, when alas, my main rival caught me and ran past me like a gazelle.  Bugger!  Still, I held on for 2nd and certainly can’t complain about another silver medal!  Finished in 4.45 which I was pretty pleased with.

Of course, the day after the race was cool and cloudy, not a breath of wind and the river was like a millpond.  Perfect for wine tasting ;-)

Bit of R&R now, then heading to Adelaide in January to see Cadel and the boys at the Tour Down Under.