James Emery is the Manager of TORQ's Triathlon team. He's a keen triathlete having raced all distances from sprint to Ironman.
Jacqui Slack at ITU World Cup
Jacqui Slack, one of our professional triathletes representing Torq, has been enjoying some southern hemisphere training and racing - here's what she has to say...
Mooloolaba ITU World Cup – 28th March
It was a beach start which I have been working on since I came to Australia I was ready for the gun to go, I bolted into the water it was a good start but I panicked and dolphin dived too early even after all that practice, I was separated from the front group by the first buoy but continued to swim strong and did my best to look out for a wave on the way in but no such luck. The run out of the water was solid it was a 150 meters on soft sand which zaps your energy I ran well and I didn’t lose any time to the other girls I think everyone found it difficult. I had a great transition and managed to get one foot in my shoe as I leaped on my bike then it was straight round the roundabout and a time trial for at least half a lap until a group formed.
I knew I was in the second pack as we could see the leaders on the turn around. I was in a good pack as we had some potential winners in the group, so everyone wanted to work to catch the leaders and that’s what we did. I rode really strong (probably my best ride ever). I put myself in great positions every time we hit the hill or a corner and I was always ready for a break if someone tried to go. Every lap we gained time on the lead group until finally on the last lap they only had a 25 second lead great we were all in the race. The run was very hard not only due to the hill we had to run up 8 times, but because of the heat I’ve never ran in such hot conditions it was tough.
I ran solid but slowed on the 2/3rd lap due to cramp. I ran through this and was able to push on and catch a couple of girls before coming on to the last lap. I finished in 25th, which was good considering I was ranked 40th going into the race. The most important thing about today was that I really enjoyed the race and had the fastest bike split of the day, however I'm still not quite there on the swim, but this will come with another 6 weeks of Max’s (coaches) swim sessions. Can’t wait to get back into some solid training and look forward to the season ahead - happy times. I had so much support out on the course thanks to everyone for their cheers it really spurs you on.
Love Jaq xx