I am back in Burnie after a rough race. Struggling with a lack of sleep on the long bike section on roads, my body started to break down. First with falling asleep while riding. With my teammates talking to me constantly, we made it to Corrina and slept for a few hours. Thinking we would be set to complete the 150 km leg and get on the river at a good time of day, we continued on. As we continued, my stomach started to protest and we were forced to stop at a mining camp that welcomed us and took care of us like royalty.
After some hot food and a rest in their lounge, we once again thought we would be good to go. Unfortunately my stomach did not have the same intentions. Even with Fran towing me on the bike, I was forced to stop yet again. This time for good.
As we flagged down a car to drive Arnau and I to Burnie, the reality that I had forced my team to withdraw began to hit me. Although I could not continue, it is still extremely difficult to let myself and my teammates down like this. I am so thankful that the boys have been super supportive and caring throughout. Despite not always being able to communicate with words, they communicated their empathy very well. Thank you to Fran Costoya, Arnau Julia Bonmati and Benjamin Medina for being wonderful teammates. I am sorry our race ended this way.