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Lake Wanaka Half Ironman - 15.01.11

Race Day - When we woke up and looked outside my heart sank. All week the weather had been perfect and now it was windy and rainy. I ate my first lot of food at 4.30am (9.7mmol-L) and injected 6.6units (1:13). I retested around 5.30am (15.8mmol-L) and had another 0.1units. I reduced my basal rate to 50% for 6hours and hoped for the best.

Mark, Andy and Chris went in the first car load with Helen at 5am and I followed later around 6am. I checked my bike...checked in all of my transition bags and went to watch the start of Challenge Wanaka. I got in my wesuit (decided to wear my insulin pump for the swim) and got in the water for a pre-race swim.

My swim was a lot slower than I did in Napier but considering the conditions I was very please to make it out alive (as many people were pulled out of the water). I reached the edge of the swim in 39.38mins and hi-fived Emily and Amy Turner at the bottom of the ramp into T1. I had a slow T1 (4.12mins) but was happy to be riding. After 50km of strong winds, I felt very disappointed with my efforts and it wasn't until I got to the 65km mark when I realised I was passing all of the women that had over taken me in the first 50km. I felt really strong with the wind behind me and powered on the flats and down hill. The only part of the cycle that really scared me was the dangerous cross winds and with Zipp 808's on my TT bike I found it quite hard to stay in control. I loved the last 10km of the ride as it was all down hill and I completed the cycle in 3.17hours. I knew I had to do something special on the run and after exiting T2 (2.44mins) I set about to catch and pass as many girls as I could. The run was mostly off-road but did go through some streets. There were many stupidly steep hills and many people walked up them. I passed about 10 women and did the run in 1.51hours. My total time was 5.55.04hour. I was 10th 30-39 female and 20th overall female. This was definitely the hardest triathlon I've ever done before.

Sadly my BG level post-race was 21.8mmol-L. Oh well, better now than in Ironman.

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