Spectacular Sun City Ultra

Spectacular Sun City Ultra

If I had to use one word to describe my experience at Sun City it would be spectacular! Racing up country and at altitude was a first for me and it certainly didn't disappoint! I was fortunate enough to take the win but what stood out to me most was the spectacular scenery and the holiday vibe at the race village.

In terms of the actual race the swim took us two loops around the dam. The morning was crisp and cold with mild water temperatures which might have been non wetsuit friendly in hindsight. Leading out the swim was a first for me and the open water allowed for some time to take in the surroundings, watch the morning mist rise off the dam and take the mind off any lurking crocs!
Taking on the two lap bike leg on a fast and slightly undulating course meant for mean looking bike splits. I can say with certainty that this is the fastest long course bike leg in the country!

The run was a two lap course around the pristine Gary Player Country Club. In all honesty the course is immaculate, the attention to detail and the keeping of the greens. The run path is mostly shaded with sharp pitches and descents making a real challenge for the legs!

Damian and his team put up a fantastic day and I'm looking forward to heading back next year to experience it all again!
2019 has been a year of many firsts for me. A year in which I decided to give triathlon my all and see whether I can put myself in a position to compete at the highest level.

For many the allure of the pro ranks seems prestigious and perhaps even elitist but for me it's an opportunity to raise my game. Inevitably some things have changed, I'm training harder and taking recovery more seriously and much of one's life and it's decisions centre around elite athlete development. That said, I believe it's still incredibly important to live as normal a life as possible. Quality time spent with family and friends, enjoying food and treats all have a positive impact on my performance.

I think that by making my passion work for me and not the other way around will hold me in good stead over the coming year. I'm relishing the challenge to become the best I can be and through that process discover more about myself. With a few international races on the calendar and a good start to the year I hope to build on this momentum and execute a near perfect build up and execution at 70.3 Japan.

I also just want to take a moment to thank those who support me, from close and afar and offer encouragement or praise. It is always hugely appreciated!

Ryan Schmitz

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