Update 10/22/12: Cortney Martin finished 10th in her age group and 156th among the women participants. Read her race day story on her blog.
Excerpts from an email sent by Cortney Martin to her supporters, published with her permission:
I would like to thank you sincerely again for your support toward my travel to New Zealand for the 2012 ITU Age Group World Championships in Auckland. As I have trained and raced this summer, your support has translated into greater focus, motivation, and speed. It's been my strongest race season and the most enjoyable. I'm pleased to be headed to this World Championship race knowing that with the help of Coach Jim McGehee, I've done all I can to prepare.
Some of the non-training related preparations have been interesting - everything from getting the uniform screened per stringent ITU specifications to determining whether the bike box will fit on the prop plane out of Roanoke [Virginia, USA]! And packing for three sports, training days, and touring is a challenge to those of us who are not light packers!
I leave Tuesday, October 16 and race on Monday, October 22, 2012. This is the largest world championships ever, with 3000+ age group (non-professional) athletes competing from 45 countries. The event includes a pro/elite race, paratriathlon, aquathlon (swim/run), and sprint and olympic races. The Tri Auckland Facebook page has been providing updates, showing the construction of the grandstands, announcing special events, and getting us all excited. I am staying with a fellow Team USA racer from Roanoke at a hotel directly on the wharf that is alongside the run course, and one wharf up from the main event site. There is additional information about the race, including maps and a short video of the bike course, at USA Triathlon's Team USA site.
My goal is to race smart, tactically, clear-headed, and hard. I know I'll be up against the fastest and I can't control the outcome, but I am going intent on racing my best race that I can on the day. I have no specific expectations or predictions other than to finish knowing I dug deep and left it all out there on the course. Aside from that, I want to soak up the experience, learn what I can, and share what I learn. I will do my best to provide race-week updates on the blog at www.CortTheSport.com.
Thank you again for your contribution and encouragement!
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And the best to you, Cortney, from Handshake 2.0!
Photo credit: Bob Jennings
Cortney Martin wrote Triathlon: A Local and Global Sport for Handshake 2.0.