Ironman Lanzarote, well known to be the toughest on the planet, met all expectations and I loved every minute of it; the pre-race jitters, the carnage=black eye on the swim, the burning legs on the bike, the burning bum on the run and most of all the cheers from mum, my friends and support crew throughout the day! To come 5th pro woman in my first Ironman was also a great feeling!
Two races, two super fun post-race parties, two million hours training and two zillion hours working for teamTBB over the past month has meant for one busy Emma, and, now to one very excited Emma as I have started easing down in the build up to my first Ironman – Ironman Lanzarote no less! Cant wait!
Just a week after Challenge Fuerteventura and many long, hard ironman training days in between, I raced the Volcano Olympic distance triathlon. I did this last year so I was excited to see where I’d sit in comparison. As it turned out, pretty good! I repeated the 4th position on last week and I was very happy to finish in a time that was over 15minutes faster than last year! Sometimes it’s hard to see the wood for the trees when you’ve given up everything to train full time so when you race and see this kind of improvement, it makes it all worthwhile.
Today was not a great day. It’s not the time I did in the swim, bike or run, the punctures, the draft fest on the bike, the confusing directions, the clueless public meandering and obstructing the course, the hopeless marshals, or, the 8th place finish that I’m disappointed about. It’s that I didn’t do my best.
It’s times like these that make you question the path you have chosen for yourself and the self-doubts come creeping back. Then, once with some energy food inside you and have a chat with the boss, you do another reality check. You halt the pathetic self-pity, re-assert your beliefs and your passions, remember how lucky you are to be training and working with the best coach and triathlon team in the world, teamTBB, and, learn so you can move forwards to be stronger to fight another day. Continue reading
Happy to have come in the top 10 amongst a quality pro women field but overall disappointed not to be able to back up last week with another good result. In particular, gutted to lose out on a pay cheque from the generous prize purse offered by these Championships by just 1 position! 8th = $1,000, 9th = $0. Sorry mum but your Xmas pressie will be a cheapie from one of the Thai markets this year!
This was my FANTASTIC support crew from Oz. I met them whilst training in one of the hotel pools during the build up to the race and they decided to wear “Team Emma Ruth Smith” T-Shirts. Brilliant! Thanks guys!!
The awards party…
I came 2nd at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon yesterday! It’s one of the most popular destination triathlon races in the world and for the past sixteen years the Laguna Phuket Triathlon has attracted the legends of the sport such as Mark Allen, Greg Welch, Craig Alexander, Paul Newby-Fraser and Chrissie Welly (hence the nickname!) to tackle a 1.8K swim, 55K bike and 12K run. Continue reading
Here’s me just after the race beaming with pride alongside my ex-coach and inspiration to do this crazy sport, Julie Dibens (3x World Xterra Champ and 2nd placed pro this year). I beat my amateur time in 2008 by almost 30 minutes; nice to see I have something to show for all my hard work!