Zoe profiled athlete

Congratulations to Zoë Crouch for smashing her first 70.3 at the 2019 Sunshine Coast race. Find out why her race, which she rated on the whole as 9/10, went so well.

On a scale of 1-10 how did the swim leg go? (1-10):
9

What were you happy with?:
I was actually quite surprised with my swim time as was aiming for 40 mins. So to do 37 mins I’m very happy.

What could you have improved on?:
I just need a bit more open water swimming practice and of course now just to keep swimming so I can get a bit faster.

On a scale of 1-10 how did the Bike leg go? (1-10):
8

What were you happy with?:
I was happy given the conditions with my time as I don’t have a lot of bike fitness and am not a quick rider. I wanted to cycle between 26-27 km/h and was on the money.

What could you have improved on?:
Just need to do more cycling and get stronger so I can keep up power even when cycling into the wind. My head went as well 60-75km and I felt a bit sick too, but it passed.

On a scale of 1-10 how did the Run leg go? (1-10):
9

What were you happy with?:
I was very pleased with this run – I felt strong. It was a comfortable plod and a bit of a sprint finish, so definitely had stuff left in the tank. I feel like I got the nutrition spot on too – a gel every 5km and cola at the aid stations. I didn’t walk either, so I was happy about that.

What could you have improved on?:
I probably could have pushed myself a bit more but then I’m not sure if I would have enjoyed it!

On a scale of 1-10 how did Transition go? (1-10):
8

What were you happy with?:
That it went smoothly.

What could you have improved on?:
I probably could have sped up as well. I was right at the exit so I had a long way to run from the swim exit (which I did jog) and from the bike entrance (which I walked with my bike).

On a scale of 1-10 how happy are you with the race as a whole? (1-10):
9

What were you happy with?:
Everything – I really enjoyed it. It’s been a big 10 weeks and knowing it paid off was just the best, best feeling.

What could you have improved on?:
I just need to get fitter and stronger so I can improve my time 🙂

How did your nutrition go during the race?:
Yea really well. 1.5 Clif bars, 6 gels in water on the bike. 3 gels + cola on the run.

Is there anything in particular you feel you need to focus on in your training to improve for next time?:
Nothing in particular just more time to get better at swimming cycling and running.

What’s your next goal?
The full Ironman next year.

What is your next race?
I might do a standard distance tri with some mates.

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