The race was a 10km race on the river with only one turn. As this year I am racing in the 12’6 fleet I started 9 minutes after the first start, plenty of time to get nervous. My start was good and strong and within a few minutes I had made a gap between myself and the rest of the fleet. At the 4km mark I had overtaken all the 14′ female paddlers who had started 3 minutes before me, now time to start catching up with the boys.
At the turning mark (5km) I realised I had a 2-3 minute lead against the 2nd place female, which allowed me to rest in the second half of the race.
I finished the race 5 minutes ahead of the 2nd place 12’6 female and was happy with this as I had no rest days leading up to this race