It's been a while since my last blog, it's been pretty busy here! In July I FINALLY finished education (wohoo! and... never again!) and graduated from Bath with my 2:1. I've also FINALLY gotten around to learning to drive (stay in, lock up and stay out my way!) which is super fun! I ended my race season after my final elite super series race which was the Virgin London triathlon. I finished 10th overall in the British super series this year which I was pleased with - every race I continued to build on what I was learning and identify more areas that I need to work on over this winter. I took ten days off after London which gave me time to make some big decisions...
Firstly, that next weekend (15th September) I will be moving up to Loughborough, where I will be based for my first year experiencing life as a full time triathlete. The university squad have kindly offered me the opportunity to train with them, so I will have a group of girls to try and keep up with! This decision has impacted on a few things, firstly my coaching situation - for the last eighteen months I have been coached by Bristol based Andy Bullock who has taken me from my unspeakable swim times, learning to ride a road bike and tackling transitions - to where I am at the moment. Andy's support and advice has been invaluable and I thank him very much for that.
The relocation up 'norf also means I will be leaving my part time job at The Triathlon Shop in Bristol where I have been working for the last year. My colleagues and teammates have become a very special group of friends and its been the prominent reason making the decision to move was so hard. Aside from the close friendships with colleagues, the support that the shop has given me with my training and decision to move has been simply amazing. Despite the mentally draining toll its taken working with four guys and the subsequent 'lad banter' that brings - they have, saved me in sticky bike issues countless times. The last time was just last night when I was saved in torrential rain and fading light as my gears weren't working...only to find its 'cause I put my tri bars over the cables and did 'em up too tight :) Customers - don't let this deter you...I was strictly only a 'swim and run' salesperson anyway.
4 weeks into winter training and I'm really enjoying getting in the steady k's and supporting others while they finish their races seasons. Today however, I raced at the Cotswold Sprint in the elite (though non-drafting) wave. I was pleased to post a 32.38 20km bike and an 18.19 off road 5km run amidst my first winter block. I took first place in 1hr02.58 and my first three figure cheque to kick start my full time year! Woohoo!
Dad did a sterling job finishing in 1.18 as part of his training for his first ever 70.3 race at the end of this month (mine too!) at Hever Castle in Kent. A shout out to a few other competitors included Adrian Wilkins (1st MI age group), Gary Stretton (1st MF age group) and Alison and Stuart Robinson of the Bath Amphibians. This was a really great event and HIGHLY recommended. For only £32 you get by far the best swim venue I've EVER raced in, a quiet and fast bike and traffic free run. Timing my DB Max and event by Tri Ferris Promotions.
Finally - I would like to say GOOD LUCK to some friends racing at the Age Group Worlds in London next weekend; Matt Everest, Vikki Voysey, Chris Newman, Matt Fisher, Charlotte Baker, Daniel Thorby, Brian Glynn, Hannah Larbalestier, Sarah Martindale and any others I've missed out. Have a great race!
Next race is the Bristol Half Marathon where someone in admin has mistaken my 'up and coming' - "I'm aiming for sub 1.30" spot, for 'elite' - whose times will be around 1.15... - I'll be briefed in a luxury Bristol hotel and flaunting a race number with my surname on. Definitely not intended. I will merely be a happy plodder amongst the masses. Happy training or resting! x
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