For those of you who were concerned after reading my tweet following Busselton 70.3 on Saturday – it’s all good… tits are still attached. Ego is bruised, back is still sore when I bend down and I’m feeling very disappointed about my result. I’ll keep this race report short and sweet.
Rough day today @im703busso froze my tits off and still suffering with a sore back. Onwards and upwards.
— Tim Van Berkel (@TimBerkel) May 2, 2015
A Frosty Start
We lined up for the start of the swim at Geographe Bay and the temperature registered 3 degrees. Apparent temp was actually closer to zero. That’s bloody cold! Having said that, I had a great swim. Back felt okay, I stayed in the front group, sticking right on Sticksy’s heels, and came out of the water in 24:53.
I hit T1 and as soon as I took my wetsuit off, I got really cold. Jumped on the bike and as I headed out onto the course I felt like I was riding like an old man. Wasn’t actually doing too badly, but by the 67km mark I was off the pace by 7 mins. Mentally and physically though it was a real battle. All the time I was telling myself, “It will get warmer… it’s got to get warmer…” And as the bike ride went on my back was getting tighter and tighter.
Chilled to the bone
By the time I got to T2, the temperature was registering 14 degrees, but apparent temp was still only about 10 degrees. I got off the bike and started running. My back was really tight, my feet were literally numb and I was struggling to put it together.
I ran 5km and in the end I felt it was better for the long-term plan to pull the pin- something I never like having to do. Maybe I could have pushed through to the finish, but I was going so slow – just didn’t have my usual spring.
Pulling out the positives
Every outing is a learning experience – it’s always good to reflect, whether it’s been a good race or an ordinary one – on what you did well and where you need to improve.
On the plus side – I had a great swim and stuck with the front group, which is always my plan. I’m determined to get this back issue sorted- going to hit the gym a little harder and work on building more strength in my core, back, glutes and hamstrings. And as always, nothing like getting a swift kick in the backside to motivate you to work harder and get sorted. Cairns 70.3 is coming up next on June 14th.
If I’m honest, Busselton 70.3 was a bit of a dark day. It definitely hurt having to pull the pin. Let’s face it, no one likes to post a DNF. But Busselton has been a good hunting ground in the past and you can’t win them all. And thank goodness – I’ve still got the course record!
Congratulations to the fellas – Sam Appleton, Terenzo Bozzone and James Cunnama – you guys ran a great race. And as I said in my post-race tweet – onwards and upwards!