Finally I had the performance I knew was really in me.
I finished 2nd at Xterra Czech and had my best performance on the European Tour this year. My swim was pretty average for me but my bike and run were back to the standard they have been. I had a good all round performance finishing 2nd behind Katrin Muller and in 3rd was Elenor Erbanova. I was 2nd out of the water and held the position all through the race. The course was very challenging as are all Xterra’s but I felt very strong and feel that over the next few races my performances will improve. Massive congrats to everyone that finished its great to see so many strong ladies racing Xterra. A few years back the ladies would finish quite far apart but now the time gaps have closed and there are many ladies on the circuit fighting for podium positions.
Back in June I made a decision with my coach to miss a few European Xterra races which were on my schedule. It’s always hard for me to decide not to race because I love it and I want to be there representing my sponsors as much as possible but mentally I was tired. This is why I feel its important to have a coach because they can often take the pressure off and make these decision for you. There were a couple of reasons for this but mostly I needed to get the fire back into my belly. Training has actually been going really wel, I’ve taken the plunge and started to be much more accurate with my sessions. This only meant one thing TESTING consisting of watt bike tests and 5k run time trials. I hate been tested I never thought it got the best out of me but now I’ve seen a different angel and I’m totally looking forward to the next one. I also know what I have to do to be the best and yep it’s going to take a while and I lot more hard work but I know what I have to do to achieve this and patience is the key. As a result of the testing this has enabled me to be more realistic with my targets and I now go into races much more relaxed ultimately performing better and being more satisfied with the end result.
So this coming weekend will be the big one ITU World Cross Championships with the biggest and strongest female elite field ever assembled. A number of strong talented women will line up at 2.15pm here at the ‘O see’ in Zittau to fight for the ITU World Title. Some of the women I’m expecting to be up their Flora Duffy (BEM), Katrin Muller (GER), Chantel Widney (CAN), Emma Gerrad (USA), Helena Erbanova (CZH) Carina Walse (AUT) and Erin Densham (AUS) I looking forward to a close race…see you there!