WOW, what a week! I have just arrived home from the RaboDirect National Age Group championships in Invercargill where I won 4 national titles!
While I was away I was also named as one of six winners from 130 nominations for the New Zealand Heralds Future Stars award. Previous winners of this award have been Sarah Ulmer, Martin Crow, Valerie Adams, and Ryan Archibald. Lydia Ko (golfer) and I are the only female recipients this year. This award includes a $1500 training grant, product bag and will be celebrated at an awards function with the other recipients, my coach (couldn’t do it without my man Damian) and parents (they count hugely too). Here is the link to the article in the Herald: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/cycling/news/article.cfm?c_id=31&objectid=10789400
As per my last update I was very excited about the upcoming Track Nationals. In winning the four national titles, I also set 3 new personal best times and learnt plenty of things that I can take on to future races.
First up was the sprint race. I qualified in a time of 11.8 seconds to put myself in top spot by 0.4 seconds to Southlander and NZ team mate Kate Dunlevey. I made my way through the rounds to be racing Victoria Steel from Canterbury in the final. After coming running up in this event last year there was no way I was going to place 2nd this year so I went into the final extremely focused on how I was going to win the race. In the first race I played a bit of cat and mouse and passed her in the final corner to win, and in the second race I took off underneath her with 250m to go in order take the win by 3 bike lengths.
Next up was the 500m Time Trial Final and this was going to be very hotly contested. Alysha Keith from Otago was my main competitor as her personal best last month was 0.2 seconds lower than mine coming into the event. Fired up and ready to nail my time, I went nuts the whole way and posted a 36.1s time to win by 0.4s and a new personal best time by a huge, half a second! I couldn’t stop smiling for the rest of the night. Here is the link, my race is at 2min 22s.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL9LImdAigc&feature=BFa&list=UUDz17v-n-HUyEhi05MvcdGQ&lf=plcp
The 500m Time Trial Podium
Kierin was the last of the individual events and I was there to defend my national title in style. A close finish with fellow Aucklander Racquel Sheath made it a great race to watch and I was happy to make it 3 golds from my 3 individual events. Here is the link, my race is at 4min 28s.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XN0lr1m-5k.
The Keirin podium
I teamed up with Racquel in the 500m Team sprint to convincingly win over Canterbury by 2 seconds in a time of 36.46 seconds. I was riding first wheel in the team sprint where I rode a time of 20.04 seconds which was another personal best time and a great way to finish off a very rewarding week. Here is the link, my race is at 50 seconds.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p30OOWFtnJw&list=UUDz17v-n-HUyEhi05MvcdGQ&index=2&feature=plcp
The Team Sprint Podium
I would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone who helped me achieve my goals down at the Championships, in particular my coach Damian Wiseman, Ash James (team psyche) and Ben Simpson (mechanic and holder) who put up with me all week. Also to Pita Pit (pitapit.co.nz) for all the yummy pita’s to keep me going between sessions J
This year for Web Design at school we get to make an iphone or android application, or a website which is pretty cool if you ask me! We will be making it from June through to September and I currently don’t have a client so if anyone wants a free website or app for their business please get in touch with me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
So where next?.. well you wont believe it but I have 2 weeks off the bike! That means no training whatsoever and I get to socialize (yay bring it on). In two weeks time the team for the Junior World Championships (to be held in Invercargill NZ) will be named and I will update you from there.
If any of you want a great few days watching the best juniors in the World racing in an adrenalin packed atmosphere, the World Champs would be worth coming to. Mum and Dad are arranging some activities for those who want to explore the Southern tip of NZ. Pre-season Tickets for the whole 8 sessions are on sale till 1 April (but selling fast I hear), at $90 (much more reasonable than RWC – at that price you don’t have to attend all the sessions). We get cheap flights into Queenstown and drive the beautiful route of 2 hours to Invercargil in a cheap rental. There are 10 of us already so it should be fun!! Here is the link to buy your tickets: http://www.juniorworlds2012.com/Tickets.aspx
I hope you are all well.