imageI woke up this morning feeling more nervous than I ever have before a race. This is really an unusual feeling for me because I don’t really get nervous before a race, just a few butterflies in the stomach before I set off. This morning was different and I really had to try and get it under control. The one thing that helped me forget about the nerves was helping my roommate out with getting ready etc.

We headed down to the course and with time trials I plan almost each minute out before my start time. I got on the rollers at 9:55 am to do my 40 minute warm up and felt pretty good. The weather was pretty cold for summer in Canada only 13 degrees and the wind was picking up. The only good thing about it was that it was exactly what I have been training in at home. Thank god for Beach Road and the wind! As I always say to the ladies I ride with (Wheel Women), “The wind is your friend”…at least for half the time!

From the start we had about a 2.5-3km climb and a tail wind! It was the fastest uphill climb I think I have ever done. But where you have a tail wind you will eventually have a headwind. And that hit me like a brick wall just after the second corner. Actually on the second corner I scared myself with a two wheel turn through the corner…I think I thought I could ride two wheels again! But at least I got through it and through all the other corners and technical bits.

I hit a top speed of just over 54km/hr and my max wattage was 693! Not too bad in these conditions and on a trike! About 300m from the finish we had to climb an 8% gradient hill for about 30m, just a short, but steep hill and then it was a sprint to the finish. When I finished I had nothing left in the tank, I had given it all I could and it was now up to the clock! I had passed two of the riders, the girl from the Netherlands within the first kilometre and then the German around 4km. My main rival from Canada started first 3 minutes ahead of me and due to the technical bits of the course there is no way I would ever see where she was. So at the finish I had no idea what kind of time she had done.

It wasn’t long before I was told by our staff that I had indeed won, but they didn’t know by how much. That didn’t matter to me, I had won! I couldn’t believe that I was now a World Champion! In the end I found out that I had won by 1 minute 9 seconds, so that was a convincing win. To be honest it was probably a more satisfying win than last year in London and I think that is because Marie-Eve, the Canadian, didn’t race in London due to injury. I think I wanted to prove that my win last year was justified, silly I know, because on the day it is all about who shows up. But I can tell you that I am going to bed tonight with the biggest grin on my face! It has been one hell of a good day!

Rest day tomorrow with a light spin and get ready for the Road Race on Saturday.

Podium Women's T2

Podium Women’s T2

Results from the rest of the team:

Nigel Barley H3 – Bronze
Bianca Woolford T1- 2nd (as there are only 2 riders she would have had to do 85% of the time for the T3 rider in my class to be awarded a silver medal – she missed the target by only 0.4%)
Jarrad Langmead T2 – 8th
Stuart Tripp H4 – 6th
Michael Taylor H2 – 13th
Craig Parsons H1 – 11th

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19 Comments

  1. Marjorie Jenkins 30/08/2013 at 1:52 am - Reply

    WOOHEE! CONGRATULATIONS, CAROL.
    WAY TO GO.
    Love Aunt Marjorie

    • CarolC 30/08/2013 at 1:53 am - Reply

      The smile hasn’t left my face! Thanks!!!!!

  2. Lachlan Macdonald 30/08/2013 at 2:31 am - Reply

    Absolutely brilliant Carol! All I can say is “of course you’re the World Champion, never any doubt in my mind!!” šŸ™‚

    • CarolC 30/08/2013 at 3:10 pm - Reply

      Thanks Lachlan!

  3. Jonathan Cantwell 30/08/2013 at 2:42 am - Reply

    54 on a trike?

    I’ve got to train way more!

    Well done Carol.

    • CarolC 30/08/2013 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      Haha, come ride with me Jonathan!
      Thanks C

  4. Alicia 30/08/2013 at 6:20 am - Reply

    Wonderful news Carol. Yes you should keep smiling and smiling. Well earnt.

    • CarolC 30/08/2013 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      Thanks Alicia!

  5. Tina McCarthy 30/08/2013 at 9:34 am - Reply

    yes…the wind is our friend. I’m still finding it hard to be convinced on that one šŸ™‚
    I guess you’ll tell me next that the hills are my friend too right?

    • CarolC 30/08/2013 at 3:07 pm - Reply

      Hash ayes I am!

    • CarolC 30/08/2013 at 3:08 pm - Reply

      Haha yes I am!

  6. sharyn cooke 30/08/2013 at 10:29 am - Reply

    OMG. You are sooo fantastic. Congratulations xxxxxxxxxx

    • CarolC 30/08/2013 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      Thanks Sharyn!

  7. LYN STACKER 30/08/2013 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Hey Carol, keep smiling. Awesome effort. You deserve it. Way to go girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • CarolC 30/08/2013 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      Thanks Lyn!

  8. Kim Carr 30/08/2013 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    Fabulous Carol. We look forward to hearing everything about the experience next weekend!

    • CarolC 30/08/2013 at 9:31 pm - Reply

      Thanks Kim, so looking forward to catching up with you guys! It’s been way too long.
      Love to both of you xxxx

  9. Bill Soules 31/08/2013 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    OH MY! Knew you could do it. Look forward to seeing you on the weekend.

    • CarolC 31/08/2013 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      Oh how I have missed that “OH MY”! Looking forward to catching up with both of you!
      Love to you both, see you soon.
      Carol xxx

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