And in her latest YouTube video, which was released earlier today and is embedded below, she says she can now focus on a solid training block for Kona and her main objective of the season, the IRONMAN World Championship.
‘It was a battle’
The PTO Asian Open saw Charles-Barclay in the unaccustomed position of not leading out of the water as she was content to track Sara Perez Sala in the hot and humid conditions.
She led for a while on the bike but would eventually finish fifth after being passed late on by Chelsea Sodaro and Imogen Simmonds, who were third and fourth respectively behind the one-two of Ashleigh Gentle and Anne Haug.
And LCB admitted she did have some doubts during the race, saying: “I think in the back of my mind I was questioning, can I feel pain in my foot? Am I doing damage? It was still those demons in my mind.
“And I remember my physio and a few other of the consultants saying when you break a bone in your foot, even when it’s fixed afterwards, your brain can be telling you that it’s hurting, there’s pain there even though there isn’t. I think that was one of the main reasons why it was really important for me to do this race – to get rid of those demons.
“It was a battle. I think I really needed to do that race to kind of get the nervousness out of the way. But I feel like I’ve kind of got that out my system now and we can do a good block for Kona and hopefully I won’t have that in my mind there, because I got through a race and everything feels okay at the moment.”
‘I always want more from myself’
Lucy of course has finished runner-up in the last four editions of the IMWC in Hawaii and feels there’s plenty to build on from the Singapore performance.
She explained: “Given the small amount of running that I’ve had, when I actually look back on my training, I really only had three weeks of running. The first week was just walk / running, and then I was able to do those three weeks of gradually building up that running. And then it was race week.
“But the running I had done, I had felt pretty good. So I did still expect more of myself on that run, but at the end of the day, I gave it everything that I had and had an amazing experience.
“I think I’m really happy with the result, on reflection. I know that being a top-level athlete, we are super-critical of ourselves. We break down every part of the race, but that’s how we improve and progress.
So for me to come away with fifth place in a healthy body, put down a whole race in a hot, humid climate off the back of a really rocky period of three months with my injury, I have to be happy with that.
“But I always want more from myself, and I think that’s what makes a successful athlete, and it makes me more motivated to go away, keep working and make sure that the next time I line up, I can put down the performance that my training kind of suggests that I should do.
“So I’m excited to get back to work now, keep working for the next race, and hopefully have a great performance in the next one.”