2nd place at 2010 Echternach ETU Triathlon Junior European CupJuly 13, 2010
After being set back with a long period of no training I didn't know at all what to expect as this was my first race in a long time, though I had some idea that my swimming was good, I didn't think I was up there with the bike and running as well, surprised I were..
Being told that I will receive support from the IOC and NNOC (Namibian National Olympic Committee) for Youth Olympic Games preparation to be held in August. I and my coach Libby Burrell decided to do some European racing before my BIG race. Echternach was first on the list and Tabor-Czech Republic still to come.
Echternach had some tough racing conditions, the water temp was 28.5'C and air temp was around 35'C, it was extremely hot, but if you reside in South Africa and come from Namibia then you will be lucky to have "cold" temperatures like these for summer. It was all normal to me so I handled it perfectly. I went all out in the swim as I'm not such a big fan of swimming in a bunch, just got myself some space and from then I kept the tempo on. Coming into T1 first and a group of 5 athletes including me led the bike for half way till we got caught by nearly everybody, so we were back were we started; all together again. But just before T2 I broke away and started the run in 3rd place, soon I caught everyone and ran at a comfortable pace as I knew I shouldn't go out to hard as I didn't quite know what my body could do. After halfway one athlete caught me, I tried to stay with him, but the pace was just too fast and I wasn't quite ready for that at the moment. I had a surprising 2nd finish.
Now back home (Potchefstroom, SA) for 2 weeks of tough training then off to Czech Republic.
If Spain won the Soccer World Cup and they stayed and trained I’m Potchefstroom, RSA throughout the event, then I'm for sure in the right place...