Hard work pays off as triathlete conquers past demons
ROXANNE Sydenham conquered her demons when she crossed the finish line of the Port Macquarie 70.3 triathlon on Sunday.
In 2012, months of training amounted to nothing when mechanical issues forced her withdrawal just five kilometres into the bike leg of her first half-ironman attempt.
Sydenham met mixed emotions when considering a second assault at the gruelling event 12 months later, but eventually concluded the worst was surely behind her.
"Last year I was absolutely devastated not to finish after four or five months of solid training," the Junction Hill resident said.
"I was a bit dubious about going again. But in the end I thought the worst that could happen has happened."
This time, despite encountering warmer, windier conditions and some jittery moments on the downhill sections, Sydenham came through the event unscathed apart from a mild case of sunburn.
The Clarence Valley Triathlon Club member finished in 7 hours 13 minutes to finish 32nd in the 40-44 years female division, with splits of 41.04 for the swim, 3:56.19 for the bike and 2.30:38 for the run.
"The time was about what I wanted so I was pretty happy with that," she said.
"But I was not so focused on the time, I just wanted to get through the hilly bike leg without anything happening.
"One hill doglegs right, then left, and the first time we approached it someone went down.
"There were a few accidents which makes you a bit nervous, especially after last year.
"I knew if I got through the bike leg, the run would be fine."