We flew over from Mooloolaba in a small jet,
To a place I most certainly will never forget.
The town of New Plymouth welcomed us with open arms,
A place with a beautiful countryside with bountiful farms.
Then there is Mt. Taranaki that rises from the ground,
And I quite enjoyed being able to listen to that ocean sound.
Team USA was adopted by Devon Intermediate, a local school,
The kids made us banners and flags, and wore USA dresses that were super cool!
Everyone so friendly and welcoming us for the New Plymouth World Cup,
In such an awesome place it was quite easy to get pumped up!
Leading up to the race the wind wand was bending,
But come race day the breeze was ending.
We had the perfect day, and galloped into calm waters,
All our parents following on triathlon.org cheering on their daughters.
Carol Routier led out of the swim like a beast,
I wasn’t able to hold on to her super fast feet.
So I came out of the water with a group of other girls,
A fast transition, into the air and onto the bike my body hurls.
We had a group of thirteen working hard with McIlroy leading the way,
It was a tough course and all I had to do was make sure in the group I stay.
4 laps around and then we were done,
Time to get started onto the 5k run.
Heading out of transition I just tried to relax,
Making sure to work each hill to my max.
My strategy worked and throughout the race I opened a small gap,
Giving it everything I had on the final lap.
It was such a cool feeling crossing the finishing tape,
Thinking of all the things that led to getting first place.
Now onward to the Auckland WTS,
For my final race before heading back to the U.S.
Stay tuned and I’ll be sure to fill you in,
And for all the support, I thank you again!