Julie gave it everything on saturday, and after leading for about 67 of the 70.3 miles faded in the last 3 miles to come home in 4th place. In one hand it was a tough way to end the year, but in the other she should be happy knowing that she laid it on the line giving it 100% on the day and made the other girls work hard for it. It obviously wasn't the way she wanted the season to end out, but what a great year she has had. To recap:
Back to the race, as i said Julie led pretty much from the gun, and exited the water with about a 50m lead on a small group of girls inlcuding Becky Lavelle, Leanda Cave and Pip Taylor. Out on to the bike Julie put her head down and opened up a big lead early. By mile 20 she had a 2min30sec lead on Becky and Leanda and about a further minute on the eventual winner Mirinda Carfrae.
Julie then entered into T2 and headed out on to the run with some would think and unassailable lead. She had 4:30 on Becky and Leanda and about 7mins on the fast charging Mirinda Carfrae. Now Julie knew that Mirinda runs like the wind and was hungry for the win, and knew that there was a still a lot left to do to try and get to that finish line first. Julie ran well for the first 10km losing only about 3mins to the fast charging Carfrae and holding time on the other girls. It looked like it would be a close race to the line with Julie and Mirinda. And then BOOOOM! You might have heard the small explosion throughout the world, but with about 3miles to go the wheels on the Dibens train flew off! The last miles were a real struggle and Julie was quickly losing time to not only Mirinda but also now to the other girls. Sam Mcglone the passed her with about 1 mile to go and Leanda Cave not long before the finish line. Julie the collapased across the line in 4th.
Mirinda had a truely amazing run, going 1:18 for the 21km run. Now that is fast running! She truly deserved the win and was without a doubt the best athlete on the 70.3 mile course. So Julie would like to give a huge Congrats to Mirinda, and to her coach Siri for getting her there in great shape. Julie hopes there will be many more duels with Mirinda next year.
So now the racing season is over! Julie will now take a little down time. She will keep the training light and switch her focus to her coaching with the Driven to Tri team - at least for the next couple of weeks :)
Thanks for reading. Thanks for all the continued support. All the messages that keep coming in are fantastic and Julie loves to read everyone of them.
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