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Natalie Van Coevorden’s Diary - Mooloolaba World Cup 2017

 

Natalie Van Coevorden is an Australian representative in Triathlon, having competed on the world stage since she left high school in 2010. The 24-year-old was born in Campbelltown, NSW and now splits her residence between Wollongong, NSW and Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain for training purposes. Van Coevorden has set her sights on representing Australia in the Commonwealth and Olympic Games and is training and competing relentlessly to achieve her goal.  

The base miles have been done and the race season is underway again. From my last blog post of the year in 2016, I quoted this: "It's not about perfect. It's about effort. And when you bring that effort everyday, that's when transformation happens. That's how change happens.” I have taken this as a motto for this year and in the past few months I have had some good consistency in my training. Being at home and a change of scenery in Canberra last month were both great opportunities to cement consistent work.

Coming into Mooloolaba World Cup, I knew what the course and the conditions were like from previous years. The days before the race, the waves were bigger and dumpier and I came out with half of the beach in my costumes. We had been practicing a lot in Wollongong with ins and outs in the surf and I knew I just had to do the same thing on race day to execute this well. I had to be bold, not afraid.

The swim was really comfortable. I have been swimming some of my best times consistently and every week I have been seeing small improves even under fatigue. I settled into 2nd place and I was sitting here for most of the swim. After the last buoy, I knew it was important to get up on the hip or draw even so that I didn't miss the opportunity to be on the same wave as the other girls. I actually got a fairly decent wave and ran hard up the sand to transition. My key was to be desperate out of transition and work hard so I could put myself in the race from the start.

During the ride, most of the girls in our group pulled their weight and rolled through well to keep gaining more time on the next group. The ride is always tough in Mooloolaba with the constant up and down over the hill eight times mixed with the heat and wind.

I got off my bike and I didn't feel very flash at all. The hot water and then the heat on the bike had really knocked me around. I remember the same thing in Cozumel World Championships, and if you have ever experienced it you will know that your body goes into this survival mode. You have no change of pace or any feeling really. You just put all your focus on getting to the finish line. I started getting goosebumps which I know is not a good sign. It's a bit disappointing not being able to put a good back end to the race but I am already excited to stand on the start line again. The work and the processes are there and I know I have three more weeks of work before WTS Gold Coast which is the first step in automatic selection for Commonwealth Games in 2018.

Race Results:

Elite Men's Race - Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup

Results: Elite Men

1.

Luke Willian

AUS

01:43:48

2.

Drew Box

AUS

01:43:56

3.

Sam Ward

NZL

01:43:58

4.

Kevin Mcdowell

USA

01:44:19

5.

Crisanto Grajales

MEX

01:44:31

6.

Michael Lori

CAN

01:45:05

7.

Jumpei Furuya

JPN

01:45:15

8.

Declan Wilson

AUS

01:45:50

9.

Caleb Noble

AUS

01:45:56

10.

Tommy Zaferes

USA

01:46:01

 
Full Results

Elite Women's Race - Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup

Results: Elite Women

1.

Emma Jackson

AUS

01:56:36

2.

Ashleigh Gentle

AUS

01:56:52

3.

Claudia Rivas

MEX

01:58:18

4.

Emma Jeffcoat

AUS

01:58:39

5.

Nicole Van Der Kaay

NZL

01:59:16

6.

Carolina Routier

ESP

01:59:17

7.

Zsófia Kovács

HUN

01:59:38

8.

Jaz Hedgeland

AUS

02:00:09

9.

Natalie Van Coevorden

AUS

02:00:42

10.

Tamsyn Moana-Veale

AUS

02:01:11

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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