By Mark Etheridge
South Africa’s Anel Radford put the seal on her North American triathlon trip with a fine 14th spot in the World Cup triathlon in Yucatan, Mexico, at the weekend.
It was the inaugural World Cup event at this venue, and Radford clocked a combined time of 1hr 02min 34sec for the 750-metre swim, 20km bike and 5km run.
Racing was hot, quite literally, with the air temperature at 30 deg Celsius during the race and the ocean temperature just one degree lower.
‘Based on the temperature and humidity in the days before the race, there was a possibility that the race could be a super sprint (half of a sprint distance), Radford told Team SA as she started the long journey back to her home in Sydney, Australia.
‘Luckily, moving our race to 6.15pm helped and we raced over the normal distance. I was happy with this. It’s my best World Cup finish this season.
‘I didn’t put myself in a good enough position at the start of the swim, so got beaten up a bit and didn’t come out as close to the leaders as I needed to. I was chasing on the bike from then on and came into T2, keen to see what I could do on the run.
‘I was really happy with most of my run, just fading a touch towards the end in the heat.’
Radford ran 18:43 for the 5km run, the 12th fastest on the day as American Summer Cook won the triathlon in 1:00:17 from fellow American Lindsey Jerdonek (1:00:43). Austria’s Lisa Perterer was third in 1:00:47.
Radford was not immune to the searing conditions. ‘I don’t remember much of the last kilometre and was very, very happy to see the finish line. It’s been six races since the start of July for me, so it’s definitely time to recharge now for a few days.
‘Every time I’ve raced over the last couple of weeks, a few more pieces of the puzzle have started coming together.
‘Now I just need to put it all together on the same day. I look forward to getting back to work for the end-of-season races after a lot of racing and travel recently. But for now, it’s time for a rest.’