My 2014 season started on the weekend in Devonport. The last few months of prep have been slightly different than previous years as I’ve had the luxury of having time and space on my side without having the immediate need and pressure for points early season. This has allowed me to set my sights focused on Auckland WTS and work on building a strong aerobic base which will carry me through the rest of the season. Going in to Devonport, I had no idea what to expect from myself and was looking forward to getting my first race under my belt and see where form laid this early in the year.

It was a two lap swim and with fairly choppy water it was hard to tell where exactly I was throughout the 1500m. I was happy with how my form felt though and I came out of the water onto the beach just at the back of the main group.

Devonport has always been a difficult race for me as it tends to play to the strengths of the faster swimmers, and this year was no different. With the lack of intensity in my prep, I struggled to really get going in the crucial first lap of the ride and before I knew it there was a group of 3 athletes ahead of me with a clear lead.

I started the run off quite conservatively with the aim to finish off with a strong last 5km. I did just that and crossed the line in 5th.

I definitely found the race very tough, but it was a good wake up for the body. It was nice to be back racing again and it helped me find that extra bit of motivation that I think only racing can do.

Next up is Mooloolaba World Cup in just under 2 weeks.