The 2019 British Triathlon Super Series kicked off at Nottingham University on the 30th March. The Series brings the top triathletes from across the whole of GB to compete to attempt to gain access to racing in the National competitions.
I compete in the Youth A category and was pleased with a 400m pb swim which meant I was ranked 15th out of more than 100 competitors going in to day 2 at Prestwold Race Circuit.
The fastest swimmer sets off to transition 1 followed by all other athletes depending on how far behind in time their swim was.
In transition 1 my bike got caught on the racking, however, I kept a cool head and soon joined the leading pack finishing lap 1 of the 10k bike in the lead. At a dead turn in lap 2 I found myself boxed in and unfortunately clipped a cone. Fortunately I kept upright and managed to complete the bike section in a good place in the leading pack. Coming in to T2 I found myself unable to get to my racking slot for my bike as athletes were running with bikes on the inside of me and a I lost several seconds and positions.
On the 2.5k run my lack of winter running practice from injury made the final stage very tough. I did,however, finish 21st which means I will be able to race at Sospan in LLanelli in May in the Tier 1 Youth A boys race where only 25 boys will race alongside 30 older Youth B triathletes.
I have learnt several lessons from this race on positioning and tactics and whilst I am disappointed with my position for this race I am feeling positive for the Series.
Prior to the Assessment I have competed at Somerset County Championship swimming and was called up to run last month in Leeds for Somerset at the English Schools’ Cross Country Championship. I placed 4th for Somerset.