February 2019 Update
February has been a fairly quiet month for me in terms of competitions. However, I did compete at the "Chilly Duathlon" held at Castle Combe. I had competed in this race a couple of months prior and was happy with a PB this time round. This shows that my winter training has been successful to a degree but I also have a lot of work to do before the real race season begins.
The first 3km run at Chilly Duathlon was taken out very quickly by some of the BUCS athletes. I had a good transition and managed to climb a few places before commencing onto the bike course. As always with Castle Combe, the bike course was windy but this time the wind was extremely strong. Throughout the 10 mile bike leg, the wind seemed to come from every direction except from behind me! I had a solid bike leg and came into transition right behind one of the stronger riders. I had another quick transition and made up yet another few places and came onto the second run ahead of some of the stronger riders. The second run was tough, only to be made even tougher by the vigorous winds. It was a good race nonetheless and I was pleased to get a PB in tough conditions by about 40 seconds.
Also in February, I managed to test out my new Yonda Ghost wetsuit which is incredibly fast and flexible. Additionally, I am excited to be working with my new coach and I can't wait to see what the new season holds.
I'd like to thank Pedal Potential alongside my family for all of their support.
January 2019 Update
Ashridge House- ITU World Age Group Duathlon qualification race- QUALIFIED
The weather was atrocious and the rain and snow came down, as a result the transition times would not be counted. This was a disadvantage for me as I pride myself in having quick transition times. Nonetheless, I tried to pace myself as hundreds of athletes tried to negotiate the slippery, treacherous grass section of the 2-lap run course. We merged onto a gravel track laden with puddles before joining another tarmac stretch which took us out the front of the beautiful Ashridge House. We had to surpass the identical lap made even more treacherous by the 300 athletes following my footsteps on the first lap. As transition times weren't counted, I took my time in transition, taking an energy gel, and hydrating.
After a few minutes, I set off on the 2 lap 22km bike course which was
hilly and a little technical. The first couple of kms were very fast and were
littered with potholes and speed bumps. The road opened up and that allowed me
to get into my aero position, put my head down and cycle hard. I tried to use my
strongest discipline to my advantage on the steepest part of the course. We
continued to climb as I made up places. Another pause in the race as dead transitions
continued, and unfortunately this caused my legs to seize up in the freezing
temperature. This made the second run very, very tough. Nonetheless, I qualified
and will be racing at the 2020 ITU World Age Group Duathlon Championships. I
achieved 2nd in my age group and 14th overall in a very,
very strong field of athletes.
January also held the 3rd round of the DB MAX Castle Combe Winter 10 Mile TT series where I had an absolutely appalling race and having previously won my age group in the last two rounds, I felt very disappointed.
I also competed at the Avon Schools cross country event. Having previously placed 2nd at Bristol schools, I qualified for Avon Schools. The race was on a very wet and slippery day. I needed to finish in the top 10 to qualify for the next round but unfortunately I finished in 11th place missing out by seconds.
I'd like to thank all my support including my parents and my sisters.
2018 Triathlon Season
The highlight of my season is definitely qualifying to represent GBR at the European Age Group Duathlon Championships in 2019 in Romania.
This comes at the end of a season of mixed results with highs and lows. A win at Cardiff Super-sprint mid season was a high, however a lesson learned at Bedford duathlon with my first penalty for inadvertently touching a rack in transition - not a mistake that I intend to repeat!
Another high point of my 2018 season was my 100 mile individual charity bike ride which I did to raise money and awareness for Gloucestershire Young Carers charity. In doing this I raised over £700. I completed the centenary ride in Northern France and thoroughly enjoyed cycling through the french countryside.
A few days after my charity ride, I competed in the Castle Series Château de Chantilly triathlon. This was an interesting course - avoiding floating plants in the Castle lake, cycling on the opposite side of the road and dodging the gravel on the run into transition. Despite all this, I won my age group and finished 13th overall out of 498.
I opened the season with a 4th place finish at Bath duathlon, the first race of the South-West triathlon series, round the Odd down cycling circuit on a wet and slippery day.
My first open water swim of the season was Cotswold's Super-sprint triathlon. This was a cold start to the day with an open road cycle leg.
I always enjoy competing at Eton Dorney as it's a great venue and fantastic atmosphere. The race was in clear water, then onto a fast bike course, all on a hot day!
London triathlon was a great event despite being another hot day. The swim in the docks, followed by a closed road cycle around the streets of London and a closed circuit for the run was all a unique experience. It was great to watch the Elite mixed relay later in the day and It was also interesting to talk to other athletes on the stands. I must thank John Brame and Marsha @RGACTIVE for their time and advice.
The weather was terrible and pouring with rain for the duration of Oxley triathlon. The bike and run portion of the race were fairly hilly and also long in comparison to the swim, both of which suited my style. I had a good race and finished 4th overall.
My last couple of multisport races were Hever Castle triathlon where I achieved 12th overall out of 729 and 2nd in my age group, Castle Combe duathlon where I came 13th out of 291 and 1st in my age group. Alongside the mentioned events, I have also competed in a number of other races.
My winter training has begun, as well as the cross country season and a few DB MAX 10 mile time trials at Castle Combe.