Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds Weekend
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.