Sorry for the late one! Its been a crazy week since Liverpool. I've moved house (temporarily), graduated from Bath (with a 2:1! :D), and boyfriend Matt has been offered a PHD at Loughborough University in Sports Engineering with ADIDAS, and begins in October, so its been an exciting but crazzzzy month!
Last weekend was the Liverpool Triathlon, our third race in the Elite British Superseries and also the British sprint Championships. Middle of the July heatwave and a 2pm race, thumbs up to that! 40+ elite women set off for a non-wetsuit swim in the Liverpool docks. We peered over the jetty bridge as we were being briefed to see small white jellyfish surrounding our starting pontoon, at least we had every reason to swim, most literally, for our lives. I had a poor swim, exiting around 15-20 seconds slower than I would have liked. However I had a strong T1 and out onto the four lap closed road course through Liverpool, we formed the chase pack of about 5 athletes. Having proved to myself at Windsor triathlon I was one of the stronger cyclists, I was firm with myself today to hang back more and save my legs. In an attempt to do so, I made a fatal error. I looked up and realized the girl whose wheel I was on - had lost the wheel in front. Warghhh. I found myself boxed in to the kerb and any attempt to go catch up quickly evaporated. I pushed the 3 of us that were left on, determined not to let the pack behind us catch us. However, I ended up riding away from this group alone and caught up India Lee. We worked really well together, taking turns and offering encouragement. The two of us then caught Zoe Thomas with about a lap to go, and the three of us entered T2 together.
And then the run, the phase that was my strongest when I started this sport, but this season I've found myself going backwards, (most literally) when I've come off the bike. The heat doesn't really bother me, today (29 Celsius) I think it worked to my advantage and I felt great. I finished 15th/40 overall. Congratulations to Australia's Charlottle Mcshane who took the win.
I'm still learning so much with every race and feel i have SO much more to give! Literally buzzing to start winter training again and implement everything I've learnt this season. Next race is the Virgin London triathlon, which is the last elite race of the British Superseries. Then after that i've entered my first 70.3 (Hever Castle)...eeek! 1.9km swim 90km bike and a casual half marathon to round the day up...oh lordddy!