Today was a day that I never thought would ever happen…winning my 3rd World Championship Individual Time Trial! It just still, 10 hours later, seems surreal! But it has happened and I couldn’t be happier, I don’t ever want this bubble to burst!
I did wake up with those little butterflies in the stomach, you know the ones that make you want to throw up but also the ones that you know will help you, if you harness those nerves during the race.
I was pretty calm at our tent in the pits and had a really good warm up. I knew that I had to do a bit longer warm up this morning as we had to be in the pit area fairly early because of road closures and because we hit a hill only about 200 metres into the race. I wanted to be very ready to race and be able to feel comfortable up the hill.
My race pretty much went to plan, although I did make a couple of errors (which I hope I will be able to correct for the Road Race on Saturday). We are racing on the same course which is good because I know what I have to do and where I have to attack. I also wanted to try and catch every rider in front of me. There were only 4 and I was able to pass 3 pretty easily but the fourth was just too far out to even see her, that was Jill Walsh from the USA. I met Jill last year at the World’s in Greenville and I told her then that I could see myself in her back in 2011 and that I would have to watch out for her. Well I certainly do have to watch her as she has progressed extremely well over the last year. It’s also nice to have someone closer to me in age and with her also having MS we do have some similarities and can relate to one another’s problems.
The one good thing from my race is that for the first time ever I didn’t have our head coach Peter Day yelling at me from the follow car to follow a better line. As he said to me afterwards I hit the lines perfectly!
The team had another very good day with a couple of very near misses for medals and unfortunately Bianca our T1 rider came off her trike on the downhill, but to her credit got back on and finished the race! Luckily she got through it pretty much unscathed and she is hoping for a better ride on Saturday.
Tomorrow our Hand Cyclists take to the track with Grant and Emilie riding in the morning and Nigel in the afternoon.
Results for today:
Carol Cooke – Women’s T2 – Gold
Kyle Bridgwood – Men’s C4 – Gold
Alex Green – Women’s C4 – Silver
Alistair Donohoe – Men’s C5 – Silver
Simone Kennedy – Women’s C3 – Bronze
Sue Powell – Women’s C4 – 4th
Bianca Woolford – Women’s T1 – 4th
David Nicholas – Men’s C3 – 4th
Michael Gallagher – Men’s C5 – 10th