First ever 5150 African Championship was held two weeks ago in Erkhulani South Africa. Since it is (almost) my home race - only 30min drive from place I live - I was very excited to start there.
My training was going pretty solid and I knew I am in good shape and ready to race with girls who focus on Olympic distance.
Saturday before the race I had final easy ride with my whole team and everyone was ready to go. Until one of my girls had terrible crash on the bike. I spent most of the day with her, first waiting for ambulance, and then organising that her bike is safe. After seeing her crash and almost not believing she will survive, it was huge relief for me and all of us to know that she has "only" a broken jaw and missing few teeth.
Sunday morning came and even my mind was still with Lizanne I was ready to give my best.
Pro and elite age group athletes started in first wave. After good start I found myself sitting very comfortable in the legs of three guys in first group. I was very happy with my swim because all of those guys are young and regular on ITU scene. I exit water as a first lady with almost 3 minutes to next one.
Bike was a non-drafting, undulating a very windy out back 40km. I felt really strong and kept my lead and even managed to increase it slightly.
When I started the run, I knew it will come down only to me and Andrea Steyn, who was chasing me very hard. I gave my best but my legs weren't really fresh and despite my effort, Andrea managed to catch with 2km to go.
I was still very happy to finish in 2nd place after really solid performance.
My proudest moment however was watching all my athletes having brilliant race. I had 24 people racing and we ended up with 13 podiums across all age group. It included 5 wins. I was very happy and proud coach.
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