This weekend I was in France, for the first race in the division 2 of the French Grand Prix with my team CRV Lyon who had five athletes both in the men's and women's races. 65 female athletes lined the beach at 1pm for a 100m run into the 750m sea swim, 2 laps of coastal bike and then a three lap run around the town.
I had a breakthrough swim, exiting third and 9 seconds behind fellow Brit and renowned triathlon swimmer Jess Learmonth. Exiting T1 a group of 5 of us formed to make the lead pack. The group worked really effectively, all sharing the work, and put a two minute lead into the chase pack coming into T2. The run was super hot, with temperatures in the mid twenties and no shade to hide in, it was three laps around a lake in the town. I had left T2 in fourth, by the end of the first km had run into second and maintained my position.
The eventual Winner was London 2012 Olympian (18th) Emmie Charayton of France, I had raced her I n the European Cup in Portugal last month, where she had finished second. This was really encouraging as it confirmed my race in Portugal was not reflective of my current form nor ability. Overall it was a breakthrough race for me with the 3rd fastest swim and to be in high calibre company on the bike and on the run. A nice surprise alongside finishing 2nd, was that I had also finished as the 1st U23! My team CRV Lyon finished 4th overall both in fact in the women's and men's race which was a great result. Congratulations to all ! :)
After the race I spent an hour or so in the company of doctors, having wobbled off my feet post race Suffering from the heat and fluids combined. All was well, and the team began the 6hr journey back across France to home turf Lyon, before I, and my teammates Luke Watson and Charlotte Taylor fly back to the UK, currently sat in Lyon airport! Happy to have a couple of weeks off racing now before hitting up the first two races of the elite British Superseries - Blenheim and Windsor.
A huge thank you to SKECHERS PERFORMANCE DIVISION and CHIA CHARGE for their support in this race, it is as ever hugely appreciated and invaluable.