This weekend we headed to Windsor triathlon, second race of the Superseries. The journey down was far from a joyous one, taking two of my teammates who between us owned bike set ups worth more than my car, a rather wobbly bike rack involved a few stops, locating my hazard lights and using the hard shoulder on the M25 in order to make some rather crucial adjustments. Good team atmosphere with a group of us heading out for dinner the night before the race, getting royally (ha, touché) mugged off by parking fees and locating the mountain summit within the run course.
The swim went well - and i was pleased to come out 5 seconds down on Squad mate Kim Bell who led the swim, and about 25 seconds up from the main bunch. Out of T1 with Hannah Kitchen where we stayed away until the chase pack of 6 caught us about 5km in. Despite the majority of the girls pulling weight, we lacked any cohesion or general sense of urgency to stay away. At the turn point, the chase pack were evidently (and, unsurprisingly) closing us down. I attacked twice, but with a headwind and no one keen to join in the fun it was short lived...hashtag YOLO.
In and out of t2 onto the 10km run around the town with three sharp climbs. Due to some various changes recently in and out of training and mainly, the amount of attention my swim has received over the last few months, My running has, in recent weeks been in a dip, or to be more accurate a gaping black hole, and once again like Blenheim I was unable to execute the run that is in there. 6th overall, thoroughly disappointed but hopefully upon 'reflection' I'll be more open to seeing the positives and improvements that have been made. I know there are some, but immediately post race is never the easiest time to admit them.
Loughborough once again had a great day all round, best performance to Jen who came 2nd and is the new British Chump! Awesome work. Next for me is my second French GP race in two weeks time which will involve a road trip to France. Then it's back and a quick turnaround before heading to the Netherlands for Holten European Cup.
When there is no struggle there is no strength, and no one ever said this would be an easy ride.