2018 put on a cracker of a first race, 30 degree water, minimal wind and scorching sun, all good things to have when you plan on pushing the body’s limits. My morning was off to a brilliant start having had one piece of toast at 3:45 am, then forgetting my breakfast and racing at 9am in the heat on an empty stomach. I was sweating before I even began my warm up, so I decided to shorten the running and do more of my warm up in the water. The race was a 400m swim, 16km ride and a 4km run. The gun went off and I had a terrible start once again, moving my way up through the pack and exiting the water in 9th.
I worked hard through transition and moved to 6th before getting on the bike for the first ride on my new wheels, how exciting!!! It took me roughly 3km to ride into 1st and I kept going to give myself a buffer going into the run. Soon Charles Liebenberg came past on his fancy new bike and I knew it was on. We both kept working from our 7m gap and surging past as soon as the pace dropped, extending the gap to third. I hit transition first and embraced every single water station in the heat. 2 laps of ticking the legs over and trying to hold off Connor Sosenski, Queensland’s newest recruit. My Mizuno Sonic's were so responsive and as soon as I was around the corner I was back up to speed, such a great shoe for racing. All in all, a pretty good day getting the fastest time overall and kicking off 2018 with a bang.