Her reaction on the finishing line – labelled by the PTO’s Twitter feed as “possibly the best red-carpet celebration of the year” – said it all as she spread her arms wide and shouted to the sky.
Despite being ranked #50 in the PTO World Rankings going into the race and producing what she later admitted was “a far from a perfect performance”, Fenella picked up a cheque for $23,000 after posting a time of 3:33:42.
“Trying to reflect on a race is always hard, but this one not so much,” she said.
“Swim went to plan, Lucy Hall pulling me around for lap 1. [I] then made the sensible decision of settling into a relaxed pace for lap 2.
“Bike went to plan power-wise, but I can confirm flat races are hard!! Lots to still learn and improve but enjoyed every lap.”
The run was a major challenge for Fenella, as she had torn her calf on a long run four weeks previously and was only able to aquajog until a week before the event.
“What it shows is this can be done, and I have learnt a lot from the process. I suppose if there was a what if… it was with the run, as this was not my best.”
Fenella says the PTO 2020 Championship left her with “fire in my belly for 2021” and these will be her Weapons of Choice for the year ahead:
Wetsuit: Huub Agilis
Bike frame: Reap
Frame size: S
Aero Bars: USE
Front wheel: Parcours 50mm
Rear Wheel: Parcours Disc
Front tyre: Continental GP 5000 25mm
Rear tyre: Continental GP 5000 25mm
Tyre and Tube type: Tubeless
Component Groupset: Shimano Di2
Power meter: 4iii
Head unit / Computer: Garmin 520
Crank length: 165mm
Pedals: Speedplay Aero
Cycling shoes: Mavic
Gearing: 56 11-25
Saddle: ISM 1.1
Shoes: On Running Cloudboom
Heart Rate Monitor: Wahoo Tickr