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Amelia Pearson IM Race Report
CBD Cycles - 07/05/2011
I went into Ironman Australia feeling relaxed and confident in my ability to swim, bike and run well.

The swim was great. I felt good in the water and was able to stick with the lead group of guys to come out of the water as first female in a bit over 49 minutes.
Onto the bike and wow, what a head wind! I was mindful not to go too hard as in past races I have really felt the pinch in the last 80km. Caroline Steffen came flying past about 10km in and I had no choice but to watch her go up the road. I stuck to my plan, ticked off the kms and shovelled the GUs in. the second lap seemed to pass by much quicker than the first and before I knew it I had finished the 180kms in 5hrs23, above my target time but considering the conditions I was happy. Starting the run was a strange feeling. I felt quite stiff but my pace was under target. I tried to slow back to my target time and relax into it. A few kms in and I was feeling ok. Again, focused on keeping well fuelled and holding my form, I ticked off the kms. With 4km to go I was still comfortably in second place and gave it all I had left to clock a 3hr22 marathon. My family were in the finish chute and I happily high fived them before celebrating across the line in 9hours38mins25sec. Thanks Giant and CBD Cycles for your continued support!!