I haven’t written a blog post for several weeks now, not for lack of inspiration or content, mainly due to lack of brainpower. I got back from Thanyapura Phuket and hit the ground running with work, work and extra work, training and general life stuff. An injury slash niggle had me downhearted and a few life changes had me thinking more than usual (I tend to over think things A LOT)! Anyway, to cut a long story short the past month has been a blur, but I am safely out the other side and ready to take on the world, thanks to a magical weekend.
Mooloolaba Triathlon was on this weekend, and it reminded me exactly why I love this sport, the last 3 days have been nothing short of inspirational on every level. Mootri was my first Olympic Distance race (1500m swim, 40km ride and 10km run) in 2014. It’s a tough, honest race that always sounds more appealing than it is. A beautiful ocean swim, a fast flat ride and a scenic run they say… But the heat and humidity are always high, the surf is often strong and there are a few hills on both the ride and the run that everyone conveniently forgets to talk about. Despite this I have done the race twice now and very similar course twice for the Sunshine Coast Ironman 70.3, so it really can’t be that bad.
I managed to convince my brother Jeremy to sign up for Mootri this year as his first ever triathlon. We had planned to both compete and his main goal was to beat me (sibling rivalry at it’s finest) the amount of trash talk between us has been quite hilarious. However things weren’t going quite to plan about five weeks ago, when a minor injury meant I couldn’t run. I was reluctant to commit to racing it, as I was unsure on the actual diagnosis or healing time. I was feeling downhearted and really quite disappointed as I wanted to share the experience with Jeremy but really doubted whether my sore hip would allow me to run 10km. Then I unexpectedly received an invite to be part of a team… Not just any team, Team Foher, with Hannah and Courtney. For those of you who don’t know them, they are not just great athletes but two of the most inspirational, encouraging, positive and fun women in the sport. I couldn’t not join the team, suddenly I was excited for Mooloolaba Tri again.
Time flew by and before I knew it race weekend was here, being Jeremy’s first race there were so many things he didn’t know about. I loved sharing his first tri and my tips with him, you forget about all the little things once you’ve raced a couple of times (but I will save that for another story). After bike racking our team met up, then we met all of the other Foher ambassadors who were racing Mootri to take some photos. Most of us “knew” each other from Instagram but hadn’t met, so it was great to get together. FYI when you get eleven energetic women together who are excited to race and not camera shy and you put them in front of a camera you know there will be fun… We had an absolute blast.
Then there was race day, having never raced in a team I was feeling surprisingly chilled out right up until race morning. I had been swimming heaps in the lead up to the race, around 12-16km per week and was feeling pretty confident as I was hitting some good times in training. But the normal race day nerves still managed to appear on the start line, for once I wasn’t just racing for me, I had a team to do proud! So I swam the 1500m (1650m actually due to poor navigational skills) the best I could, ran up the beach to transition, passed on the timing chip to Hannah our cyclist and finally caught my breath, it was a nice relief to stop there.
Once Hannah was on the bike I got to go cheer for all the people on the bike course, including Jeremy, I was relieved and hugely proud to see him off the bike and onto the run and really enjoyed spectating. About 50-55 minutes later I went back to transition to see Hannah come in and send Courts off on the run… Oh and hijack Hannahs phone to take a few selfies! I would highly recommend participating in a team, whether you’re new to the sport or a triathlon veteran. The atmosphere in teams transition was amazing, everyone was cheering the cyclists arriving and runners leaving, it gave me goosebumps.
Hannah and I then ventured to the top of “THE hill” so we could join Courts for the final 700m home. There we got to cheer on the Fohettes running past, support those struggling on the hill and chat to our friends passing by, it was great hearing about how everyone was doing. When Courts finally appeared we were ecstatic, if anyone saw us on that last stretch you would think we had just won the lotto… But really we had done better… You couldn’t have found bigger smiles on course than ours.
We all have had our own triumphs and challenges, 2015 was a huge year for each of us and yes, we could have completed Mooloolaba triathlon as individuals, but doing it together was simply amazing. I don’t think we realised how powerful it would be at the time of registering as a team, but on completion we were so exhilarated and grateful for the experience. Watch out world, because you now have three women who are more inspired than ever to live our potential.
Oh and PS… We managed a podium finish too.