My first year in the youth category has come to an end, it has had some highs and lows and I have learnt a lot and mind a whole bunch of new friends in the process.
The last event of the year was the U20 British Triathlon Festival at Mallory Park.
I have been out of Triathlon for a month or so now resting my knee after I had to pull up in a couple of races. It was really disappointing as I was on track for top 15 placing in the Blenheim Palace Triathlon and the Leeds ITU Triathlon, but that’s growing for you!
The winter training for Triathlon is now coming to an end and the race season is just starting. Over the winter I have been training with the South West Triathlon Academy which has been very good, great fun and has me got me ready for this coming season.
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.