Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds Weekend
SWIN - NO BIKE - RUN
Rolled out of bed for pre-race breakfast on Saturday morning, none of the travelling or staying over in hotels this weekend for me. Dad drove up early Saturday morning to pick me up so had quick cupper before we set off – sorry it wasn’t Yorkshire Tea ha ha.
Roundhay Park is a lovely venue and I had raced the course last year. Quick ten minute drive from where I’m living we pulled into the parking area, grabbed my bag and had a steady walk to registration. Even though I have raced here before I still wanted to go over to check out the route to run in and run out then spent a couple minutes in transition setting up. Warmed up with some gentle jogging and drills had plenty of time to get to race start, which is always good no last minute panics.
Feeling pretty good on my swimming at the moment was looking forward to it. I was very happy with my time considering I went of course as well, I was heading for the wrong blue matted area to exit the water until the man in the canoe pointed me in the right direction but can’t complain over half a minute PB from last year. The plan was to come out sub-10 min but would have achieved that if I hadn’t taken the scenic route so all good.
Wanted to make up time after the, shall we call it a small error so no messing with the wetsuit on the run to T1 which pulled back the time. The night before I had looked at the maps of the route, I’d call the run section for me a challenging course – as you know I hate up hill running. What’s that saying? Hills are speed work in disguise. I would never put me; speed or hills in the same sentence unless I was going down them, love the downhill. If only I could find a triathlon with an all down hill run course – heaven.
It was a decent transition out on to the run with a solid pace, a lot quicker than I had expected. Slippery in parts but all added to the fun, I really enjoyed my run today.
It was great to cross the line, all the hills and thrills and to find out I had finished 3rd for the Bronze Medal in my category and to come 5th overall is a sign that I’m over injury and proves what a difference consistency makes, very pleased with my progress.
After the race we did the usual ritual of having a wonder round the expo village, dad had another cup of tea, this time it was the good stuff. Then we headed back to the parking area to find the car. I say this because we did loose the car believe it or not. We had no idea were we had left it. It was a field full of vehicles and all we knew was that it was amongst them all somewhere. We walked round and round for ages just couldn’t find it. Upside at least all the extra walking was good as it helped to ease of my legs and stopped them stiffening up too much.
Women's Team - Bronze Medal
Lately I’ve been feeling pretty positive, I am really enjoying the University life and the training. This year I am not trying to qualify for the Europeans or World’s; it was a decision I made before starting University.
Since my last update I have pretty much had my head down with revision for exams, balancing training and done a couple of events with podium finishes. The thing is when it comes to writing my race reports I’m always full of good blogging intentions.
A few weeks have passed since I crossed the finish line, it’s a little late but here it is:
It’s known to be very competitive and the depth of competition was amazing, ask me if I was nervous!
Saturday we travelled down to the seaside town of Southport or maybe I should be saying across from were I live. Registration opened between 13:00 – 17:00 so this allowed me to collect my race pack and timing chip to minimize stress on race day. Later at the hotel I got my bike and helmet stickered up with my numbers so on Sunday morning this only left me the temporary number tattoos to do.
I always think after I’ve entered a standard, what have I done? This will be my second full size triathlon comprising of 1500m swim, 40k bike finishing with the 10k run.
Race day came and my start time was slightly inconvenient time of 9:05am only because we had to be at the event early because my brother was racing his first open water sprint today and he was in wave 1 at 7:00am so early start, would have a couple of hours to hang around.
Because we had registration the night before it was straight to transition to rack the bikes. It was a massive transition; I set up early as I was already there so thought might as well get rid of my bike. I was very organized and my bike sat on the racking rather lonely. I then decided to take anything that wasn’t vital for the race back to the car whilst my brother went to warm up. I had plenty of time to watch the start of the first few waves.
On with the day!
I said my goodbyes to mum and dad and went off on my own to warm up. In seemingly not time at all I was changing into my wetsuit at the swim start. The swim is in the bay in front of Waterside Lodge, and the route is two loops around an island before exiting via a slipway on the opposite side of the bay. Allot of great athletes here today, you could feel the excitement all wanting to do well for their University. The plan was to try maintaining contact with the swimmers at the front. I felt good on the swim, following some pretty quick feet to the first buoy, I even decided to pull past as felt comfortable so wanted to step it up a gear and exited the water feeling pretty chuffed with myself.
A decent T1 and a quick jump onto the bike course aboard my Cervelo. This was a day for none drafting. My cycling is feeling stronger than last year and I focused on going as fast as I could even though it was windy. The course that was brilliant for this style of racing – two laps on a fast and flat closed road with a few roundabouts thrown in to add to the fun. I was in a determined mood and really enjoyed my time out there.
T2 wasn’t pretty for many today, the dismount line was very awkward, hard to explain but for those racing they’ll know what I mean. Saying that I dismounted my bike without any issues, my thoughts were now focusing on the dreaded 10k run ahead.
Bike was racked the trainers went on, that’s all there was to it and off I went. I was feeling good with a strong start onto the run course. Two laps of the course, largely taking place on the pathway around the Marine Lake and wide boulevards on the Promenade before back passed transition to complete a second 5k loop. I’m finding new confidence on the run thanks to the change in approach to my run training this year and all the great advice I’ve been getting. The first lap went pretty quickly – I passed a few athletes that were ahead of me. I worked hard for the remainder of the run and wanted to run as evenly paced as I could – no tactics I just focus on getting from point A to point B. The back end of the second loop was definitely the highlight for me: I just knew the finish line was at the end of it.
Cheers and shout outs I got were a massive help, mum and dad was the support crew today. I received nothing but encouragement from our university coaches, so big thanks to everyone.
So not a bad day all in all, I now need a rest, my legs hurt, I have the biggest blister ever and a puncture hole that wouldn’t stop bleeding on the heel of my foot not to mention my knee is swelling up. If I am out of training because of this recurring knee issue, well let’s just say I wont be happy. In a nutshell I had a great day and solid in all three disciplines.
Making The Podium
I get on the podium and didn’t even know about it, well I never expected it so after the race I just packed up my things and headed home not knowing I was part of the team win in the Women’s Team Result: Bronze Medal (3rd Place)
As result of my finish, I also received a prize purse of £66 – Cha-Ching! Again, nice surprise and unexpected.
There are so many people who have helped me on my way to this race; training is going really well at the minute, thanks guys! It is so much appreciated and as always, MASSIVE thanks to my ever-supportive sponsor, they are the best: Bulkpowders.
Just before I sign off, just want to say a huge well done to my brother Gabriel on his result – went to just gain experience and practice the longer distance whilst I was here racing, ended up taking his own Bronze Medal home, which would have seen him qualify for the Sprint Distance European Triathlon Championships next year.
Taking advantage of good weather when you get it, well that was my excuse
66-mile ride, no ruthless headwind, I am happy
Having a quick selfie-stop, riding with friends is double the fun
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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.
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