Following a far from ideal race in Geneva, budday Sophie (who had a cracking race - winning the Junior Cup), got on a plane straight to Barcelona for a training camp in Banyoles. I was there as Sophs training partner, we were out there with all the British programme athletes - so the experience was invaluable, I learnt a lot from all of them and really enjoyed the time away. It was a fairly bog standard training camp...we swam, biked and ran, slept and ate. The lack of wifi meant team bonding included some fairly heated rounds of UNO, cheat, blackjack, and the boys spent some fairly intense evenings playing 'worms'.
Two weeks later and five of us flew into London to race London Triathlon, the third race of the British Superseries. Going into the race I was lying second in the rankings behind last years title winner Emma Pallant. After Geneva, and the whole season in general run-wise, I needed to pull something out the bag at London, so I was really feeling the pressure, all laid on from myself, to perform. I was really happy with my performance, I exited the water fifth, and was out onto the bike in 1st. I was soon joined by the girls who then made up the lead pack. We had a 90 second lead over the then-chase pack containing Pallant & Lee, so in all honesty, and in short... its a shambles that we didn't maintain this or even increase this. I had an appalling T2 which was an embarrassment to humanity, and subsequently set out on the run at the back of the pack. Next time I should hitch a balloon, or even a fleet of hot air balloons to my transition space to avoid future mishaps. Eventually onto the run and was so happy to have my legs join me after a tedious season of them seemingly being detached from my body. 35.19 was my run time, slightly short but, - back in the game. Finished 5th, and into the prize money which was crucial to paying my car insurance next month so, 'appy days :)
Focus now turns to Liverpool - which doubles up as both the Elite British sprint champs, and the final race of the Superseries. Gwen Jorgensen will be on the startline, so all us girls have to do this week, is take 2 minutes off our 5km PB's. Apparently impossible isn't a word and all that...yeah.
Happy to be back at parents house in Bristol for a couple of days, heading over to Bath tomorrow for a day of tourist snapping, cream teas and generally chillin'. Will be happy to get back to Loughborough on Weds to see everyone after a few weeks away :) did someone say house party?!
Received some really great support and messages after Geneva - which really boosted me and helped change my mentality around before London today, so thank you for those...