Kelly Carter travelled to Edmondon, Canada in August 2014 to attend the Aquathlon World Champs and ITU World Triathlon Grand Final. This is her race report:
The beginning of my journey to worlds began on March 14 2014 where I qualified at the Wellington Triathlon to represent NZ Age Group 30-34 at the ITU World Grand Final in Edmonton Canada 26 Aug – 01 Sep 2014. Meeting the qualification criteria was very unexpected and all of a sudden my dream of representing my country became very real!
Under the guidance of my coach Murray Healey I trained through winter focusing on mainly swim and run speed as I had lost a bit of this training for NZ Ironman the year before. I decided to enter into the Aquathlon event (750m Swim/4.6km Run) to break up the trip, get familiar with the course and get rid of some nerves. I had never done an Aquathlon or two big races this close together so it was a bit of gamble on how my recovery between races would go.
Aquathlon 27th Aug
The Aquathlon was on the hottest day of the week with my race starting at 1pm. The swim was in a lined chlorinated lake. I found it easy to sight and exited just behind the front group. The long 500m transition went smooth for me and I was feeling good going into the run. The run was on a fast sealed surface around a loop track. As there were many other age groupers on the course I had no idea where I was placing. It wasn’t until I was about to head back to my motel that I heard my name called out for the medal ceremony. When I checked the results it was only then that I realised id won GOLD!
Standard Distance Triathlon 1st Sep
On a very cold early morning I was feeling good for the standard race, I managed to get on a few feet in the swim however after exiting found it very difficult to warm up. Early on the bike the legs struggled even though the bike course was enjoyable, hilly and fast. The run was predominantly on a trail, I found it challenging to hold a good fast pace but I finished 29th and 3rd Kiwi home in my age group so was happy with the end result, a personal best for me at this distance.
As a first timer things seemed a little overwhelming after qualifying – coming up with the money, fitting training around work and sorting out race admin but any stress was alleviated quickly by communication from Tri NZ and House of Travel Events.
Representing NZ in Triathlon through age group racing is very achievable; it is an experience I would recommend to all. It is a great way to travel the world and form amazing friendships with like minded athletes.
Photo credits: Podium photo from https://www.facebook.com/TriathlonNZ
Kelly on the stand photo thanks to Barrie Eccles via the club Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ManawatuTriathlonClub/)