The much anticipated Jailbreak triathlon was held at the Slanghoek, Breedeland Cellar, an awesome venue that must be rated as one of the most beautiful locations for a triathlon. To be surrounded by mountains and vineyards certainly makes for a beautifully picturesque triathlon.
My goal was to go as hard as I can in all of the disciplines, I’ve never really pushed myself as I like to be comfortable in my race, however, this time round I was getting used to being comfortably uncomfortable – especially on the run. The swim was comprised of two loops in the dam with a distance of 1.3km’s, my Orca Sonar wetsuit is an absolute dream to swim in, it’s incredibly comfortable and the buoyancy of the wetsuit is an absolute dream.
The much welcomed change to the bike route was awesome, 70% of the route was flat and incredibly fast, with me averaging about 54km/h on the flats, it was the hills and the headwind on the return loops that destroyed my fast bike average to a total average of 33km/h for the 84kms of the bike route. I could not have asked for better performance from my Orbea Ordu, aka Bullet, it’s an absolute dream to ride, the Di2 is flawless and the only negative thing of Bullet is that it’s so incredibly fast you don’t get to see the beauty around you, but it’s a negative I’ll gladly take, as speed is what I love about this bike!
Pic by: Chris Hitchcock
The run started off through the vineyards which was pretty tough at parts as the sand was powder-soft, but once we were through the vineyards it was out on to the road which is much easier for me. The turn-around point for the Maxi seemed like it was never going to happen, in fact it felt like I was running to Cairo, and just as I hit the pyramids, that was the turning point! I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to see a water point that was the actual turn around.
Pic by: Wingman Multisport Coaching
I crossed the finish line in a total time of 4:47:43, coming in 26th overall and 11th in my age category.
My gear that helped me through this race was the Orca Sonar Wetsuit, Orca Killa Speed mirror goggles, 226 shortsleeve race suit, Orca Compression Calf Sleeve, Orca Compression Race Socks, Orbea Ordu M20i with Di2, XLAB Torpedo Versa 200, XLAB Stealth Pocket 300, Crono Haway shoes, Orca Speed Laces and the Orca Transition Bag to get everything to the race.