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So this year our Mooloolaba trip turned into a bit of an adventure! Thursday night after briefing we were greater by flash floods! I’ve never seen anything like it! At first I thought we’d be able to get home in the car. You know what us triathletes are like, determined to do anything and we never give up. At first it wasn’t so bad, but the water was rising and rising by the second! The traffic was also building up! Getting home by car was going to be trickier than we first though! So Michelle and I decided the best thing to do was to leave the car and walk back! We parked the car on top of a hill and began the 6km walk back!  

Walking back in the floods was an experience I’ll never forget!! At some points the water was waist high! I couldn’t believe what was happening. It was also pretty sad too as we saw shops being flooded, cars being ruined, people stranded. It’s not something I’d like to experience again in a hurry. 

When we got back to the apartment, our power was out! Dinner turned out to be chips and dip, thank goodness we had some food we could eat! Our salmon dinner had to be abandoned as we had no cooking power! It’s all about getting the fuel in though! 

That night we thought the race would be cancelled, there was no way it could go on! But we were wrong, the next day we woke up and it was like the floods had never happened. I went out on my bike and everywhere seemed fine. Yes, some shops were ruined, but the roads were clear and there was no flood water in sight! Man! I was chuffed that the race was still going ahead. 

So the race - I knew the swim was going to be hard as it’s a sea swim in Mooloolaba. I was confident with my swimming before going into the race. I had a solid swim, coming out in the front pack. The first swim of season is always a bit of a shock to the system! 

Out onto the bike and the pace was on. I love the Mooloolaba course. It always makes things ten times more interesting when there are some hills and technical aspects involved. I was feeling good on the bike so wanted to push the pace. I made a few attempts at breaking away, but some guys were a bit too switched on and kept dragging the pack back. It’s a bit annoying when that happens, but I guess it’s racing hey! On the last lap we got a gap of around 30seconds. A good gap, but not big enough. 

As you know, I’ve been injured so I was unsure if I was going to run or not. My run shoes were in transition and I really wanted to run, but my legs were saying no. I didn’t want to risk running and doing any damage. Things have been heading in the right direction and I don’t want to ruin anything before Sydney. 

So Sydney is my next race. I love Sydney and can’t wait to race there. I’m looking forward to another tough hit out! The first one is always a shock to the system so I’m sure Sydney will feel a bit easier on the legs and lungs! 

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