We arrived in Taiwan early on the 22nd of April, with the race being on the 25th. So I had a good 3 days to familiarise myself with my surroundings. It was fantastic to go into a race without any niggles, or injuries wavering around in my head. My goal for this race was to get out of the water first, hold over 35km/hr on the 90km bike and stay near the front, and just hold on for dear life in the run so no one would catch me. And of course to finish and HAVE FUN! I did just this.
The swim was combined with the pro men, but these men where a level above that I have seen swim, so it was I just off the back of them. I managed to exit 1st with Eva, just on my toes. A quick transition and onto the bike saw me still in 1st. On the bike there was a head wind out, and Eva attacked at the start. I slowly caught her at the turn around (45km), where I stayed in the lead. However at 15km to go she bombed past me, but I knew that I had to stick to my own plan in order to run the 21km.
It started to get real warm at the start of the run, this is where I was caught by Katherine, just after 2km off the bike. We ran together for the first 7km and she then dropped me. On the final 4km of the run course all us pros where taken the wrong way, which made my 21km run a 22km thankfully it wasn’t longer because I saw the age groupers from the shorter race going the right way to the finish line.
To see the finish line, where my fiancé was calling me over the line, my old boss, who was my friend before my boss, where there to congratulate me and encouraged me to finish strong. I had nothing left, but still had a smile on my face when I finished. I actually did have fun and enjoyed every minute. That distance is a mental game, but you can in no way do it unfit! It will be a few hard months of training and racing before my next half iron man race in November! Love Brooke xx