This week has been great! After a few weeks of being sick I felt healthy and strong again and training went well. So I was really looking forward to the MTN national MTB Marathon series race in Tulbagh, I liked that race last year and it is always nice to do a race again when you know the route. It was another early morning to get up at 4am to drive to Tulbagh and it was chilly at the start. It was a big ladies field and on the start line were 5 national champions in national colours!
The pace was not so high from the start but on every climb it picked up and I think we lost a few girls per climb, I sat close to Ariane and Sally cause I knew they were the ones to watch. Robyn was with us until a long downhill single track but after that it was the 3 of us together. I started to get some problems and almost lost them on a few occasions but managed to get back, but at the 48km mark I lost them for good on a rocky climb. After that when I came to the steep climbs of the day, I just pushed as hard as I could to secure my 3rd spot.
I was very happy with how I felt on the bike today! Thank you to Trevor and Powerbar SA for the products, I am looking forward to the new sponsorship!