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Natalie Van Coevorden’s Race Diary - Gold Coast World Triathlon Series

 

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.  

I remember going on my break last year in November and thinking I had ages till the big dance. Well that came around too fast... Before I knew it, the processes were in place and the work was done. I was exhausted after Mooloolaba World Cup and needed some down time to recuperate. In saying that, it's actually been a really progressive month with a lot of goals being ticked off and new ones to be set in place.

Gold Coast meant a lot for the Australians as the first Australian in the top 10 was an automatic nomination for the Commonwealth Games. I stood on the start line on Saturday with a focus - being engaged and bold. With a low start number, I didn't have much choice of where I started on the pontoon and ending up far left which was not ideal. The water was super choppy and we were swimming with the current to the first buoy. I had clear water for the first minute or so and that was the end of it. I have now experienced what it is like being caught up in the chaos of being mid pack. I was drowned, hit, pulled on and I actually thought I was dead last. When I did get some free space, I felt like everyone else was standing still and I was moving past them so fast. I am a little disappointed I didn't get to showcase how well I have been swimming but that's racing and you can't control the uncontrollable.

I was desperate out of T1 and knew I needed to ride hard for the first few kilometres to get on the front group. It was tougher than I am use to because I was coming from such an uncomfortable experience in the swim. Within the half of the first lap I had worked my way up to a comfortable position within the first group. Riding the course the day before, I had no qualms and knew I just had to ride confidently and smart. Simple. On the 2nd lap at the back U-turn, I had two athletes crash in front of me and I was a couple of centimetres away from running over her head. That was a really critical moment for me because I could see the group just up the road and knew we had to get back on. I was saying my prayers. Unfortunately, the chase group caught us with a lap to go which contained a lot of the runners within the field. I tried to keep up the front of the group and entered transition in a good position.

The previous weekend I did a 5km fun run in Wollongong as part of my preparation for the WTS Gold Coast. I really wanted to transfer what I did there under fatigue to race day. My run has come a long way and it's a work in progress but it's getting there. Cadence under fatigue has been my main task and focus and I think I executed that well. The girls were fast and I finished the day after a sprint finish in 20th place.

I am happy, healthy and ready to have a consistent year in 2017 at that top level of racing. Next up is WTS Yokohama at the start of May!

Results:Elite Women

1.

Andrea Hewitt

NZL

00:58:03

2.

Ashleigh Gentle

AUS

00:58:07

3.

Juri Ide

JPN

00:58:12

4.

Katie Zaferes

USA

00:58:20

5.

Renee Tomlin

USA

00:58:21

6.

Charlotte McShane

AUS

00:58:22

7.

Kirsten Kasper

USA

00:58:24

8.

Ai Ueda

JPN

00:58:31

9.

Gillian Sanders

RSA

00:58:37

10.

Vendula Frintova

CZE

00:58:38

 
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Results:Elite Men

1.

Mario Mola

ESP

00:52:35

 

2.

Richard Murray

RSA

00:52:39

 

3.

Fernando Alarza

ESP

00:52:44

 

4.

Javier Gomez Noya

ESP

00:52:51

 

5.

Jacob Birtwhistle

AUS

00:53:03

 

6.

Luke Willian

AUS

00:53:08

 

7.

Ryan Sissons

NZL

00:53:08

 

8.

Henri Schoeman

RSA

00:53:11

 

9.

Wian Sullwald

RSA

00:53:11

 

10.

Shachar Sagiv

ISR

00:53:14

 


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