Just 6 days after stamping her authority on the Port Macquarie 70.3 Joanna Lawn has won the Busselton 70.3. She didn’t have it all her own way as Belinda Granger and Elly Franks took it to her on the bike and put a three minute gap on Lawn by the time they started the run.
Lawn showed her strength on the run however and eventually came home in 1:22:57 just under three minutes quicker that Rebekah Keat who Lawn had been with on the swim and ride.
After posting the fastest bike split of the day Elly Franks may have left everything out on the bike.
Christie Sym was disappointed with her race after a solid preparation left her feeling like she would put in a good race in Busselton. She specifically did not race Port Macquarie to instead focus on just one 70.3 in the lead up to Challenge Cairns. “I made a few mistakes which caused me huge problems on the day, mistakes that I shouldn’t be making at this time in my career, a big wake up call. These mistakes were nutrition related and I lost 4-5 minutes on the 2nd lap of the run.”
Christie took some positives out of this and will be making some changes for future racing that should have been implemented over 6 months ago. “Ironically I nailed my nutrition in my first Ironman, had a fantastic race, and then changed this. I haven’t performed to my potential in any of my races since. Hopefully others can learn from this when I say do what works for you, not what others tell you. If you train on something that works, then race on it.”
“I will be making some big nutritional changes for Cairns (I’ve gone full circle) and hope to have the race I know I’m capable of!”