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My brother was sent the link for a Super Sprint distance event and he asked me if I fancied doing the Sprint again. I had a free weekend so I said I might give the Standard a try. I had planned to do an Olympic distance event last year, also known as a Standard Course but due to my knee injury had to put it off. It was suggested to me that I wait till next year to try my first standard triathlon. Enter an event with a flat cycle route might be a better option for my first attempt at these distances. This bike course in known to be hilly and the distance is slightly longer than the usual standard race. But I had done this course last September when I took part in the Sprint Triathlon and I enjoyed the course. I have raced here a few times in the past. I had a quick look at the route maps and remember thinking blimey, don’t fancy a 10k run but I decided to enter anyway.
The event consisted of Swim: 1.5k - Bike: 45.2k - Run: 10k
I was going into this race with very little expectations. I wasn’t interested in what position I came it was all about seeing if I could finish it. All in all I had a great day and I am absolutely delighted with my third place finish. I took 1st place in my age category but that wasn’t difficult I was the only under 19 female in the race but I definitely never expected to come top three.
So that was my first Standard Distance Triathlon completed, this is how my race went:
We travelled Saturday to the event it was an early starts so we stayed over. It was raining hard and the wind had started to pick up on our drive there. The thought of wet roads and slippery corners for the race was starting to play on my mind. I didn’t want to do my first standard in bad weather. But Sunday morning we woke up to perfect race conditions. We arrived at the event about 7am and parked up. Headed over to the transition, we were assigned a numbered spot on the racking so it was quick and easy to set up. My brother was doing the Super Sprint so we hung around in transition chatting more than usual then we both went for a quick warm up before race start.
The horn sounded and off we went. I had a great swim, better than I had expected in the river. The current didn’t seem to make to much of a difference. Think some of the extra focused swimming sessions at the lake helped. I wanted to get away from the pack as quickly as I could then settle into a steady pace. I came out the 1500m swim in first place and by the time I had crossed the transition mat it clocked my swim time at 20:25 so was very happy with that result. Into T1 smoothly, I was out my wetsuit, had my helmet and glasses at the ready so quickly out onto my bike. The bike course was described as a fast undulating course. I had a time in mind I wanted to achieve for the bike section. To give myself a rough guide I just doubled my bike time of 47 minutes for this course I did in the sprint even in September 2015 last year. This was the goal I had set for myself. I wanted to come back in of my bike today in about 1:30:00.
My plan was to go out hard and fast for the first lap and try and hold the pace. I wasn’t sure if that would be a mistake, trying to attempt to race at sprint pace for a standard, was I setting myself up for an awful run by killing of my legs. It was a pretty lonely ride to be honest but I felt strong. My dismount and run into T2 again went smoothly. My bike went better than expected in a time of 1:27:15 for the 45.2k and a nice surprise!
I always set my goals based on my training so I was not looking forward to the run. I started out pretty fast and I felt really good. The first two laps feeling comfortable and I was actually really enjoying myself, the sun was out and it was getting warmer. But that happy feeling didn’t last long as by the end of the third lap I was almost in tears, I passed mum on the bend near the water station and gave out a little whimper sound. The heat and the extra 5k distance zapped me, I just had to try and stay focused. I grabbed a cup of water and chucked it over my head in an attempt to cool down. The pain was something else from doing this race and that finish chute could not come quick enough. I was pleasantly surprised with my run time when I collected my results slip from the Chip Timing Solutions van. I managed 45.19 for the 10k today, I have to admit the way I felt on that last 2.5k loop I didn’t think I would get anywhere close to 50 minutes so I was more than happy when I saw that.
I ended up crossing the line in 3rd place, 1st in my age category, I was very happy with the result!
I was unsure how I would cope and how my body would respond to doubling the distance of each discipline I have to thank: BulkPowders for preparing me. I am so grateful to my sponsors they keep me healthy and able to race consistently. After todays race I had the Orange & Mango flavour Premium Whey Protein drink as it’s perfect for muscle recovery. Unbelievable feeling, I am really excited for winter training; I really think I can improve a lot more and I have a clear idea of what I need to do.
Finally, just wanted to congratulate my 15 year old brother Gabriel for his second place overall win in the super sprint in 0:36:58 here today as well – Well Done!
In the time since I’ve last posted to my blog I have taken part in the Elite Junior Sprint Triathlon in Liverpool, planned to start University and was also asked to be part of a team at the Zoot Triathlon Relays 2016 at the National Water Sport Centre in Nottingham. The primary purpose for entering the relay event for me was just to have fun (which we did). However, our team did amazing well, finishing 2nd in the Mixed Team Category and 3rd Overall.
I was asked if I wanted to race with Team Zone3. They had put together a mixed team that would comprise 2 male and 2 female athletes. The relays are something I’d never done so when Emily asked me I thought it would be great to do something new.
I wasn’t sure how it worked, I though we all did a mini triathlon each before tagging the next person in the team but I was wrong. All team members complete all disciplines however the first team member will set off on the swim, come out of the water, tag the next member who then completes the swim and so on.
Each team member would get to race 500m Swim - 15k Bike - 5k run
To make it simpler it would go swim, swim, swim, swim (last swimmer tags first cyclist) bike, bike, bike, bike (last cyclist tags first runner) run, run, run, run to finish race.
Our Team Order: Team Captain Angus, Emily, Me then Sam
In true team spirit of Team Zone3 Plus Whitney, our team put in a fine performance in the swim, bike and run section.
The course at Nottingham is brilliant for this type of racing – three laps on a fast and flat circuit in an anticlockwise direction. As the day went on the wind was getting stronger and dark cloud came over, Emily was out on her bike as it started to rain. It was the windiest and wet conditions I have raced in this season but it didn’t dampen our spirits.
The event had split transitions; this meant that we had three different locations for the start of each discipline, which just added to the fun. T2 and was off my bike quickly straight into to hand over to Sam for the last leg of the bike. I watched him heading out then collected my bike and equipment and left transition.
Before heading over to T3 to wait for my turn on the run I left my bike with Emily’s nana and granddad, massive shout out to them, what lovely people, they sat in the wind and rain keeping a watchful eye on our bikes all afternoon.
The relay was not a planned race on my calendar but the atmosphere was great and the best way to end the triathlon season. It was a great day of racing.
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We travelled up to Buckinghamshire this weekend were I raced in the British Triathlon Junior Super Series wave against a strong field in the Lidl Bananaman Triathlon.
On my race calendar I have key races and this would normally be one of them. The opportunity to ride completely traffic-free around Dorney Lake is unbelievable and I love this course.
I was chatting to a friend last week about doing the event and she asked me why I would enter a Super Series knowing my run was not up to scratch and put myself under pressure.
“You can’t always control the circumstances, but you can control how you respond to the challenge”
I wanted to take part today because it was a draft legal race and I wanted to see how my bike went.
My race plan for today was all about my bike.
Race morning and it was clear sky and the forecast was good apart from the strong wind. Not a recipe for a PB but I thought to myself I was still going to give it my best.
I got out the water feeling like I had done okay. The bike course is pretty straightforward 21.2km in length and four loops in total. I didn’t get in to the pack at first so I worked hard on the bike and felt quite strong. I started moving up the field and felt good and that I was pulling back places and time was good motivation.
Onto the run and I felt pretty slow but relaxed wasn’t to bothered about my run or what time I got. My running is not consistent at the moment and I lost time as I had expected. I was at least 2 minutes of my preferred time. But I have already started to set myself new goals for 2017.
That is why I am excited for the cold, dark and miserable weather to return. The dark nights means winter training and that is what I am really looking forward to some consistent training on my swimming and running again.
The atmosphere was buzzing here today and everyone was lining the route. I had a great ride and delighted with my performance, I was well pleased with that. I couldn’t be happier!
My Personal Best Time For The Course: 37:02 (21.2km)
Event Photographer: www.sportcam.net
At the weekend, I took part in the one-mile Great Manchester Swim in the Salford Quays, Manchester for fun.
I did the event last year as a sponsored swim in memory of my uncle. I decided to raise money for Cancer Research as a tribute to him. We sadly lost Uncle Ian in May last year, following his battle with cancer.
Kind, warm and caring people deserve to be celebrated and that is why I made the decision to take part again. I am hoping to be able to do the swim every year in his memory.
Despite a grey and drizzly start, the weather did perk up in time for the swim. Uncle Ian was always making a joke and always had a smile on his face. That is what I remember the most.
Taking part in the event put a smile on my face!
You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten.
I have just recently returned from Portugal where I competed in the 2016 Sprint Distance Triathlon European Championships in Lisbon. I’ve certainly never felt so nervous ahead of a race before.
We were sent the Google Earth profile of the bike course before we flew out and when I saw the steep hill at the end I thought this is going to be a tough ride. Then I started to think about my running not been up to speed, I was counting on my swim and bike to get me through I started freaking myself out at this point.
The first thing my dad said to me was “what you got to be nervous about”? Were in a hotel right opposite a massive shopping centre full off clothes shops and we have your mother with us, it’s me who should be worried not you!
We travelled out on the Monday night straight after competing in the Eton Sprints on the Sunday. I don’t normally ever race consecutive events but I wanted to try and qualify for the World’s in Mexico first. We landed in Lisbon and as soon as we starting to walk through the airport looking for the carrousels to collect our suitcases I started to feel anxious. The first thing I do is look round for the area with the sign for oversized items. Never happy till I see my bike-box comes through those doors and of the plane safe.
Tuesday was relaxing and uneventful, built my bike then we all went for a walk round to get our bearings, had a look where the transitions would be set up and swim exit, the usual pre-race routine. The rest of the days leading up to the race were used to do the normal specifics, such as registering, swim familiarisation and briefings.
Race morning and I had butterflies in my stomach but I knew these would go as soon as I entered the water. So wanted to get down to transition and get set up early. The swim start, I was in the second wave of swimmers, I think there were about 77 females from age 16 to 30 in this heat. It was one lap of 750m and it had excellent views for all the spectators from all sides. The swim is usually the one part of the race I don’t think about but today wasn’t my best swim, I had an ok swim. There was a steep climb out the water so didn’t mess about trying to get out my wetsuit till I had reached the top.
T1 wasn’t to shabby as I ran into transition to my bike, managed to get out my wetsuit quickly, helmet and glasses were on but I am going to have to spend some time practicing getting on to my bike again. I nearly fell off trying to jump on at the mount line, well lets just say it wasn’t quick and it definitely wasn’t pretty. The bike exit was on cobbles till you reached the end and could turn on to the normal road surface, which made the handling a little more difficult but I was reasonably confident at this point that I could make up the bit of lost time. Despite the poor start I actually felt that I had a really good bike.
I had ridden the course the day before, we don’t normally get the chance to ride the bike courses officially before the race but on the Thursday morning the roads in downtown Lisbon were closed off so all the athletes could ride the route and familiarise themselves with a police escort.
Think doing the bike recci made a real difference because I knew what to expect and cycling the closed road in a mass group was a brilliant experience and allot of fun. However the course itself was fairly flat, not mega hilly either, I really enjoyed the bike section, I settled down and instantly got into a steady pace. The bike was definitely my favorite discipline during this race.
I was not looking forward to the run, my plan was to control my pace and not go out too fast trying to keep up with anyone else. I headed back towards transition for T2, which went well I am happy to say. On with the trainers, quick repositioning of the number belt on the way to the run out exit for the first of two run loops. You could not have asked for a better course, fast and flat but the lack of run training soon caught up with me and the effects of my tiredness gripped my legs after lap one. It was definitely tough and I found it difficult to hold a good speed.
The race had a unique feature of finishing inside the MEO Arena. When I saw the final turn into the arena for the finish straight I wanted to pick it up but I had given the run everything I had left. I saw the finish line and had this sense of relief.
I felt like I had not had a great run but when I looked at my watch to check my run speed I actually did a double take as I thought it read like I had just ran over two minute faster than last Sunday at Eton, I wasn’t sure if that was correct at the time but with that in mind I was already happy with my result.
I then found out I had crossed the line in 3rd place to take the bronze medal at the European Championships, I was like OMG! That was not expected at all - over the moon.
I have to say it is without doubt one of the most enjoyable and rewarded triathlons I have taken part in. The only part of me that ached the next day was my face from smiling that’s thanks to Bulk Powders who took care of my recovery. I feel that I was able to get back out for another race sooner and running better because of that. After the race I drank the Pure Whey Protein Shake, Chocolate Cookie flavour it's awesome, tastes yummy. We were not flying home until the Monday so we got to stay and support the other GB athletes racing over the weekend, there were spectators and athletes everywhere, the atmosphere was brilliant.
Extremely happy, getting a bronze medal is awesome but the best part of been a triathlete well for me anyway is been part of an amazing group of athletes. It was a great weekend for the whole GB team and we always get wicked support from the team managers. Well done everyone!
My name is Whitney and I mainly participate in sprint triathlons, consisting of 750m swim, 20km bike and 5k run. I have just finished my second year with the Triathlon England Yorkshire & Humberside Region Talent Academy and was placed onto the GB Academy in October 2012