Team Bodyworks athlete Yvette Grice ended her season strongly with a seventh place finish at Ironman Western Australia over the 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and 42.2km run in a time of 9hours 53mins.
Up against what the race organisers described as ‘the best Pro field they had ever assembled’ and with mor than 12 Ironman victories between the ladies, always meant it was going to be a tough race. Grice had a strong swim exiting in third place but with temperatures touching 40degrees and only minimal time out in Australia to acclimatise prior to the race, Grice began to lose some ground on the cycle but regained a number of places with a strong run.
“I had been feeling good going into the race, but coming from winter in Eastbourne to racing in those temperatures proved a bit too much.
I had been catching the other girls on the run but the heat got to me by the last 10km and I was disappointed not to finish higher, but it was a fantastic experience to race at such an event in such an amazing place.”
Grice’s season finishes following many highs along the way, winning her second Major event at Challenge Henley, Podiuming at Ironman UK and completing four Ironman races in sub 10hours.
“I have had a good season but am never really 10o per cent happy with what I have achieved, but I think that is what drives me on and I am looking forward to improving over the winter and coming back next season even stronger.”
Ironman takes up a lot of time training and travelling, and despite being very much about the individual on race day, Grice is quick to point out the team effort that is required.
“I am hugely lucky and want to thank Glenn Cook and all of my team mates at Bodyworks XTC for continually pushing me on as well as all the support from the Tri Store in Eastbourne and all of my sponsors.
“They are invaluable and I would not have been able to achieve the results I have without them.”