Blenheim - First open water triathlon in the UK of the year and first race of the British Superseries! Also, the first elite race I did two years ago, and I'm happy to say there's been some improvements since! Squad mate Rich Horton and I headed down to Blenheim at the crack of dawn for my 9am race start.
750m swim followed by a 400m run up hill to reach T1, was happy to exit the water fifth, and leave t1 first. Needless to say (anyone who knows my swim background - Starting just before 17, Ive been a late comer into this swim business and it's taken/will continue to take a lot of work to get better!) this took me slightly by surprise, and for a brief moment was sure I must have missed a swim lap...or two. Followed the motorbike ensuring a cheeky bit of TV time before a pack of 5 caught me about 1/2km in. Our pack of six failed to establish a solid work system, but it was just about enough to keep the chase pack of 10+ girls away. Out onto the run with Kate Roberts of South Africa and fellow Loughborough chum Sophie Coldwell for a couple of km before they pulled away. Eventual winner Pallant ran through the three of us too. Held onto fourth for dear life until pro-ironman/70.3 Lucy Gossage passed me with a km to go. So it was 5th for me and my first prize money collection from the Superseries!
All in all - happy with performance with still an endless list of things to work on. Solid turnout and performances from the loughborough gang with pretty much the whole squad racing and awesome results across the board. Great day out too with mum, dad and little sis Lucy who were, as always, the best support team you could wish for. Day rounded off with evening birthday celebrations for housemate Sophie with drinks, BBQ, friends 'n sunshine!
Live life, no one gets out alive anyway!
Next stop - Windsor!
Thank you to
SKECHERS PERFORMANCE DIVISION
HUUB (AURA 3:3)
for their support in the preparation and during this race.