Women's Team - Bronze Medal
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.