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Podium Finish at Challenge Melbourne – Last Minute Decision Pays Off for Laura Siddall

Posted on 27/04/17 in by Dominic

A Slow Start to March

There I was thinking my March update was going to be fairly short. I spent the early part of the month recovering from Challenge Wanaka and Ironman New Zealand, and then the rest of the month easing back in training, but nothing much more exciting than that. But when the opportunity to race Challenge Melbourne presented itself, I had to take, and boy am I glad I did!

 

Off to Challenge Melbourne

The decision to race the Challenge Melbourne half was very much a last minute decision. By last minute I mean, I decided on Friday, when the race was on Sunday and at 3pm I booked flights from Christchurch to Melbourne, and two hours later I was packed and on my way to the airport. It was the chance to do something completely outside my comfort zone, in terms of racing on the spur of the moment, with no specific race prep, physically or mentally. In fact on Friday morning I was riding for four hours in the Christchurch hills and just preparing for my weekend of training ahead.

When the opportunity presented itself, it both excited and scared me. It’s not something I would normally do (normally being a ordered, structured and “I like my plans ahead of me” sort of person), but that was why it was also attractive. To go race and just see what the body would give me, to take a risk. I do this sport to improve and push my limits and be the best I can be. If I hadn’t taken this opportunity, I would never know, and would have lost a chance to learn.

 

A Strong Performance in Testing Conditions

I came away with a solid second place. Overall I was pretty happy with the result and performance. I would have liked to have been a bit more competitive to the winner, but on the day I didn’t bring my half distance bike legs, but still got some good learning and lessons from the race to build on. I was particularly happy with my run. My fastest half run to date, and what was great was that it felt really comfortable and in control, and I got into a good rhythm quickly. This is positive as I prepare for Ironman Australia in four weeks.

Challenge Melbourne was the Challenge Asia Pacific Championships, and it was a really great race, in a fantastic location, where we swam in the bay and under St. Kilda Pier, rode along the infamous Beach Road (completely closed to traffic), and ran along the water front. There was also a 20m drafting zone applied for the Professionals, and this was really well executed and managed, so a big thumbs up to Challenge! It was an incredibly testing day for many with the conditions. Thunder and lightening delayed the swim start, and strong gusting winds made the bike course more interesting. Yet Challenge ran an exceptional event and I was impressed and very glad I made the jump to take the risk and race!

 

Talking Tri!

Whilst in Melbourne, I was invited to join the Witsup Brunch Panel. These are always fabulous events and this one the same. It was a great morning spent with about 40 amazing women, talking all things Triathlon and life, and with a good food and coffee, what more can you ask for!

 

For more information about Witsup and the Challenge Melbourne Brunch please see the links below
http://www.witsup.com/picture-this-challenge-melb-pro-panel-breakfast-and-ride/
www.witsup.com
I am also excited to announce that I have just signed with Zone3. I actually wore Zone3 wetsuits a few years ago and was really impressed. So when I got the opportunity to be back wearing their wetsuits, I was pretty excited. In a wetsuit test I did in January with my Coach Matt Dixon, the Zone3 suits were three seconds quicker per 100m, than the other tested brands. I’m also proud to represent Zone3, as they are a British brand and based not too far from where I am from in the UK.
www.racezone3.com

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