By Katherine O'Shea
I am writing this diary entry as the 2008-2009 Australian National series comes to a close.
My race results recently have been like riding a roller coaster. On the low side, I had a technical at the Australian Championships in Canberra that robbed me of the chance to race to the best of my abilities and therefore truly challenge for the Green and Gold jersey. On the high side, I have been able to show my strengths at both marathon and Olympic cross country racing formats.
Four short weeks after the frustrations of the Australian Championships, the Torq Nutrition crew was assembled at the picturesque seaside town of Apollo Bay, situated on one of the world’s best drives, The Great Ocean Road. This was my first marathon-style race, and I was taken by surprise that my pre-race nerves were greater than that for cross country events, even with no other expectations other than to finish. The 100km event started by the sea and climbed into the surrounding Otway ranges. The finish line was at a once thriving forestry town that is evolving into a mountain bike destination called simply enough, Forrest.
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