Erica Hawley began her senior triathlon career with an impressive performance today as she finished 7th overall, despite a mishap in T1, at the CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon America’s Cup. However, the event, which was held in Bridgetown, Babados was also the Central American and Caribbean Championships and as the second finisher from the region Erica took the silver medal.
Although Erica has raced in the senior ranks whilst still a junior, this year the Digicel sponsored athlete officially moved up from Junior to Under 23 and Senior racing so this performance was extremely encouraging.
Here is Erica’s race report
Just wanted to let you know how my race went today in the Regional Championships here in Barbados.
I had a good day, considering it was the first race of the season but there were also a couple of mistakes made which may have cost me a couple of positions. There were some very good elite athletes here including Dominika Jamnicky (Ed. Canada triathlete) who I will race in Commonwealth Games.
I had a great swim and came out with the lead group of Jamnicky, Chase, Foley, Alexander and England . 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. Unfortunately when mounting my bike i fell so this group got away from me right at the start. I rode with the Cuban girl but she stayed on my wheel for the 20km 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 6th 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. (probably because she didn’t do any work for the entire race!)
All in all a very good first race and i’m glad i dusted off the cobwebs. It is obvious what i need to work on for future races and i have already talked to my coach about the steps that need to be made.
I still got on the podium for the CAC region and got a silver medal which i didn’t even know there was an awards for! – but i am proud of that for Bermuda.