The two weeks building up to the biggest Olympic distance race in South Africa proved to be as mentally challenging as it was physical. With less than 7days to race day I was still sick in bed sucking down all forms of medication trying my best to rid myself of the dreaded flu I had managed to pick up. I was nearly positive that I would not be able to make it to the start line so the fact that I did was a miracle all on its own.
After returning from the USA in July my sights were firmly set on making a strong comeback to the local SA road triathlon series. The Bela Bela 5150 would be my first race and I was excited to be back on the road and back on my Giant Trinity SL TT bike. Being part of the International 5150 series Bela Bela is a 1.5km swim 40km (Brutal!) Individual TT and 10km flat fast HOT run. After receiving the Pro start list from the organisers and knowing that my preparation for this race had not gone to plan my expectations for my performance on race day were somewhat reserved. However I was fit and healthy come race day and ready to give it all I had in an effort to make a good start to the local season.
Race Morning as usual snuck up on us faster than expected and soon myself and Nico Sterk (fellow pro athlete and my home stay in Pretoria) were packed and headed to the venue for our 12am Pro start wave. Just two weeks prior to race day Pretoria had recorded some of the coldest temperatures in recent history and in fact it had even snowed! something us South African's are not accustomed to. But on race day it was a beautiful morning with locals warning me of temperatures expected to rise well over the 30 degree Celsius mark. With my transition area sorted and the normal formalities of race morning completed we all headed down to the water's edge for the final race briefing and warm up before the action kicked off.