Strong start for Hawley in Barbados
Erica Hawley made an impressive start to the season at the CamTri Sprint Triathlon American Cup and Central American and Caribbean Championship in Bridgetown, Barbados, yesterday.
Showing no effects from a recent leg injury, the triathlete finished runner-up in the CAC region behind Ciara Vega, of Cuba, and eighth in the overall elite women’s field in 1hr 5min 55sec.
“I had a good day considering it was the first race of the season but there were also a couple of mistakes which may have cost me a couple of positions,” Hawley said. “Transitions are something I need to work on and initial speed in the first two kilometres on the bike. However, I have been feeling strong on the bike and I’m happy with my effort and power in today’s race.
“I was unsure about how the run would be, as I have been battling injury for most of the winter season and some of last month. I had an ilio-tibia band issue since October and thought it was OK in early December, but it became a problem again in early January and I had ten days off running again.
“I’ve had awesome physio and strength support in Tucson, so I think it’s all good now.
“Going into the race I had some solid track workouts but my volume is still quite low, so I know that in another five weeks I will be feeling good.”
Hawley was particularly pleased about her performance in the swim.
“This was a great start to the race for me and I was glad to have a good swim after some mishaps during the summer,” she said.
“Unfortunately when mounting my bike I fell, so this group got away from me right at the start. I rode with the Cuban girl [Vega], but she stayed on my wheel for the 20 kilometres and luckily the gaps weren’t really changing. The group ahead were not making much time on me, so I knew that I was biking well, I’m just upset that I fell during T1.
“I came off the bike in sixth position with the Cuban girl and had a good run, although I could not break away from her and she out-sprinted me at the end. All in all, a very good first race and I’m glad I dusted off the cobwebs.”
Sophie Chase, of the United States, pipped Canadian Dominika Jamnicky by a second to claim the elite women’s title in 1:04:07, while John Rasmussen, of Canada, claimed the elite men’s title comfortably in 57:50.
Hawley will represent Bermuda in the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, in April. She will join Flora Duffy, Tyler Butterfield and Tyler Smith in the mixed relay triathlon.
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