My first competition in Australia. In Australia it is the end of the Triathlon season, but for me it was the first competition this year. For my first competition I chose the Ultimate triathlon in Batemans Bay. The distances were 2km swim-120km (hard course) bike-20km run. My fear was the bike, because coming from home (Transylvania) I couldn’t train on road at all for a few months.
The swim was in the Ocean, which was something new for me as well, but still I had a good result. The bike course was 2 laps, the first part of the track was steep and versatile, but still with my fears I was going easy, until the end of the first laps – where we (other athletes)rode an extra 10km. The reason it was obvious, the organisers did not sign the track at the time we arrived at specific turn.
When I realised the mistake I broke down mentally, I wanted to go back and give up the competition. When I got closer to the racing centre I started counting the athletes returing, who where doing their second lap. Counting them I realised I was in about the 30th place, and then I decided to continue the race. My whole second lap I did it by my self, and I went really well.
I finished the race the 9th place. At the time I felt my run wasn’t so good, but looking at the published results I could see my running time was the best in the race.
At the end of the competition the organisers said sorry for the mistake…
Is no point counting after a race but in this situation if I would finished the bike ride at a better position the whole race would have been more interesting for me.
I am satisfied with my achievement but unfortunately not with the results.