Newcastle harbours bad memories for the Northcliffe champion. It was where her 2011-12 Ironwoman Series fell apart. After two straight wins, Hancock was shaping as a certainty to claim back-to-back titles. But Newcastle was quick to put an end to that.
She bombed out in the first race of the eliminator format and didn’t recover for the rest of the series.
Looking back on last year, Hancock says it was that one race that ruined her season.
‘‘I said that it didn’t affect me but I think towards the end of the series it did,’’ she said.
‘‘It wore me out a fair bit. It made a little bit tired emotionally. By the end of the series I was really tired and it might have stressed me out a bit. I was always thinking I had to catch up. I had that going while I was training. I’m a huge believer in that it wasn’t meant to be and last season I wasn’t meant to win it.’’
But Hancock wants to get one back this weekend.
She is brimming with confidence after finishing second to powerhouse Brodie Moir in Perth a fortnight ago and is confident of turning the tables in Newcastle.
‘‘It went pear-shaped last year. That was definitely the worst race of my career,’’ she said.
‘‘That put a downer on last year’s series but that’s 12 months ago. It’s been and gone. I’m actually really happy we’re going back to Newcastle. ‘‘I can get revenge on that beach. ‘‘I don’t want it to be a beach that when I go back there it has a curse on me or something.’’
Hancock raced consistently in the series opener in Perth without setting the world on fire. The 24-year-old was expecting Perth to be her toughest race of the series and she passed it with flying colours.
The four-race eliminator at Newcastle tomorrow is more suited to her style.
‘‘I was really happy with second. When I went through all the rounds, I said to myself that was the one that freaked me out the most,’’ she said.
‘‘I’m in an awesome position going into round 2.’’