The triathlon season is finally starting after the winter break with the British Triathlon Performance Assessment being held this last weekend. Training has not gone all to plan as I have been suffering a bit from injury and I have had to take time out to revise for my GCSE’s. This has meant trying to do quite a bit of juggling and as a result dropping the cross country and National Schools Biathlon Championships over the winter months so I could ensure I had properly recovered for the start of the Tri Season.
I travelled up to Nottingham University for lectures on Saturday afternoon followed by the timed swim on the evening. The swim did not go fully to plan as I am still a little down on performance at the moment, but I was pleased to be ranked 31st out of the 88 girls going into the Bike / Run element on the Sunday at Prestwold Airfield. Swim over, time for tea and straight to bed so I could be at registration at 7.30 in the morning, not helped by the clocks changing!
On arrival it was time to get signed in followed by getting the bike checked over for meeting regs before settling into some light warm ups on my training bike before going out on the recce lap with the rest of the girls. Prestwold is a big open area so when the wind started to get up it was a bit annoying as it does have quite an impact on riding with deep rims, With the wind being quite chill I tried to keep in as much clothing as possible for as long as possible as we lined up to start the bike / run leg of the event. The fastest girl was to be let off first and the rest would follow her, set off by the time difference between her swim time and the next girl and so on. I knew I had to make some places up on the bike and then hold off being overtaken on the run section, especially with the next two races being limited to a field of 45.
The cycle went well and I recorded the 24th fastest time of the day which I was pleased with. By the end of the run I had moved myself upto 26th position overall missing out on 25th to one of my South West Team mates by 1 second.
So now it is back to training and revision ahead of what will be the next race in the Super Series which is towards the end of May, my hope for this is to get my fitness back up and challenge for race finish within the top 20 at round 2.