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420m of swimming, 13m of Climbing lock gates, 8 degrees water and 600 competitors. This event draws in Swimmers, triathletes and all-around challenge seekers, the Red Bull Neptune Steps is one of the most physically demanding multi events out there.
Over the past year my focus has shifted slightly from swimming and open water events to Triathlon (long distance). This shift in training has meant less time in the water and more time in the saddle and running! Returning to the Neptune Steps as a two-time Runner up from 2017 and 2018 lends a certain level of expectation to replicate or go one better.
I began the day with my heat at 11:40am. The start was fast and furious with arms and legs everywhere. The first swim is 190m long and I used it to try and gain a little gap on the other athletes in my heat. Having a few athletes hot on my feet I was able to conserve a little energy over the last few lock gates to punch my ticket to the semi-finals.
After a quick High 5 recovery bar (supplied by Komfuel) and nap I was up again in Semi-Final 2. The aim was to finish top 3 in the Semi to ensure my place in the final without cutting it to close (Top 10 made finals). Job done and then onto finals.
I only had around 20mins to prep before finals. I quickly took on a SiS Gel and then I was jumping back into the water for the third and final round. The start was even more chaotic than the heat and semi, I was in a solid second place as I hit the first climb, the big cargo net. I then held that place, then closing the gap to the leader and then losing ground immediately. A real Cat and Mouse race. I managed to hang on for Silver and my 3rd Trident winning podium in 3 years.
For those that love a challenge this event needs to be on your list for 2020.