Phew, so I finally have a second to sit down and write race reports for Geelong 70.3 and Oceania Cross
Champs. It’s been an awesome two weekends racing to start my year off and has definitely stoked the fire
to keep up the hard work.
Coming into Geelong I had my first serious 6 week block of 70.3 training. I knew that I wasn’t going to be at
the pointy end of the race going in, as I have a lot more work to do but was excited to see where I was
relative to some of the best girls in Oceania.
The plan going into the race was to nail my nutrition so that we could see what I could run off the bike
being appropriately fuelled. Fuelling in training and racing is something I have always struggled with and
have had to work really hard since starting long course.
Surprisingly going into the race I was super relaxed and just excited to give it a nudge!
I came out of the swim further back than I would have liked, in 10 th place to be precise and 3 minutes down
on the chase back. The old Penny definitely would have panicked and ridden super hard to try and catch
up. But thankfully I kept my cool and managed to ride with another girl into 8 th place. Onto the run I
definitely didn’t feel great in the opening kms but I tried to stay positive and keep taking on nutrition. And
before I knew it I was running strong and gaining on a few girls in front of me. In the end I ran into 6 th place,
which was definitely helped by the awesome atmosphere around the race venue.
It was so cool to get so many cheers from the Foher contingent out there as well as my awesome parents
and coaches who made the trek down to support me.
I was definitely content with my result as I know I have a lot more work to do. If I am being honest ,all I
could think of on the ride and run was give me a year of consistent training for long course and I know I can
nail this and be a genuine contender.
For now more training, listening to my body and enjoying this new and exciting learning journey!
Oceania Cross Champs:
I know what you’re all thinking. I thought you said no more fat tyres! I couldn’t resist racing Oceania Cross
Champs in Crackenback NSW. It’s only a two hour drive from home and for anyone who has been to the
region you’d know it’s absolutely breathtaking.
Basically I spent the week after Geelong trying to recover and panic ride my mtb which I hadn’t touched for
The race went about as well as expected I swam well and rode well resulting in me entering transition in 3 rd
but with less than 20 seconds separating 1 st -3 rd leaving transition for the run. Man I can tell you I tried my
heart out, but I just did not have the legs. I forgot how hard it is to run on rugged terrain off a hard mtb! I
ended up 3 rd which is what can be expected and what I deserve with no specific off-road training. It was
such an enriching weekend seeing so many familiar faces and being part of the strongest women’s field we
have ever seen race there. It was definitely fuel for the soul!
I also snuck in the 21km trail half marathon the day after the race, because long course life. I surprisingly found my legs and was able to enjoy the amazing views the run follows and take the win for the women.
Thanks again to everyone for the messages of support over the past two weeks – it’s been awesome and so
I’m sorry if this is a little dry and boring my brain is currently mush. I think its leftover lactic acid affecting
my brain cells