Inside YOU magazine. Go me. Great pics by Patrick Bolger.
What a cool airport, thatched roof building, palm trees, 1 check in desk, 1 gate, 5minutes from drop-off to boarding door. The flight is a bit bumpy on them short trips tho. Anyhow, yes Huatulco was hot, and so we had prepared well in Florida. But the hill was the killer. 20% grade (or so) at the bottom, and so I was glad Gav had convinced me to put on the 27. I tested it and could climb it in the 25, but standing entirely, and I wouldn’t have been able to run very far after. I knew either Flora or Sarah would take out the swim, but I had a good start and 2nd round the first bouy, I felt like I could swim faster so tried to overtake Sarah into the beach, as did Flora but Sarah got the prime. I held a good position into the 2nd lap, but I don’t think we swam all that fast? It would have been nicer to drop a few non-swimmers and get a small pack. On the first time up the hill we had a big enough pack and the cameraman on the motorbike stopped (sideways) in the middle of the road. I was near the front and was able to avoid him by going left but the girls who went right got taken out. Natalie (one of my new Aussie friends) and race no1 Mauoua went down, and when they recovered they were caught by 2nd pack. I stayed at the front on the hill and tried to push a bit of pace, I’d rather be the dropper than the dropee (if there is such a word). But apart from that, again a lot of the girls were taking it easy for the run. I knew that Mazzetti, and Dalmincourt would be fast, and I took the lead in the run for the first lap, but they both passed me as did Ide (at speed) and my wee legs couldn’t keep up with them after the hills. I felt a bit crappy for the first 2 laps, but probably held my speed on the 3rd & 4th. Finishing in 4th was a good day at the office, I was happy with swim/ bike/ transitions and ran as fast as my legs would allow after the hills. I don’t imagine it will be my best run time, but neither will it be for anyone. It was a course that suited small light girls (& guys) who could get up the hill easy, and still run after. Luckily I didn’t have then to worry about anti-doping nor medal presentations as I was home/ changed/ packed for the airport in 2 hours.
In different news I got yesterday, I was in a magazine at home. YOU mag a supplement with the Irish Daily Mail. I even made the front cover with a wee spread in the middle. A lovely lady (Michelle Flemming) interviewed me one day and decided to send me to a professional photographer (Patrick Bolger- great work) with all the hair and make-up and designer clothes from fashionista wardrobe lady. It was a really fun day as I done it on a day off. Felt like one of them off Americas next top model- though I had no other girls to bitch fight with like they do on the telly (gotta love that show). Big shoes, orange lippy, and a wind machine!