At the last bank holiday I represented the South West for the 3rd year in succession at the National Triathlon Championships in my last year of TRISTAR3. The race was going really well upto the last leg with me being in the top 20 with opportunities to move up the field as I started the run. However disaster struck as I came into transition as I had a massive cramp spell and had to withdraw and be taken to the medical centre for treatment.
After lots of preparation going back to July last year, and hard training since the spring the crossing has finally been done with success.
The week up to the crossing had a couple of really hard low points. Firstly my TS5C teammate Charlie Cook had to pull out due an injury to a finger which required an operation. We were all devastated that this larger than life character could not be with us on the boat.
I needed to do well in this race as the top 3 from each age group make up the Southwest Region Team for the U20 British Triathlon Festival at Mallory Park later in the year.
The first part of the race was the 400m open water swim in the lake at Bowood followed by the uphill run to the bike transition area. Coming into Bike transition there was nothing between me and my team mate from last year’s South West Team.
It has been a busy few months with lots of training for the channel relay swim which is now only a few weeks away. We got over the final hurdle last month, undertaking a continuous 2 hr swim in sub 16 degree waters at Weymouth, it was really, really hard but we all managed it. Training has meant that I have missed a round of the Southwest Triathlon Series and have not done as well in a couple of the others, as I have concentrated on open water swimming.
"The cross country season has now come to an end with me competing for Avon and Somerset at the National Counties event in Loughborough a few weekends ago which was fun, but it is now time to get back to Triathlon. My first race of the South West series was the Bath Duathlon this weekend at Odd Down Cycle Circuit in Bath. The weather was awful it was windy and quite foggy which meant you could not see far around the cycling circuit.