End of season? Already?! How on earth is it this time already! They say time flies when you’re having fun… but I’m convinced that 6 months of racing goes way faster than 6 of winter training. Just like that first run session back of a minute on, minute off… we all know which 60 seconds takes longer!
Back in July we went up to Livigno for some altitude training, this was meant to set up the remainder of my season and really get me into shape for the world champs. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case, an achilles was the first thing to put a downer on things but after a few days it settled enough to crack on with training. All was going well until the last day, then, hip pain…. bugger! I had been in this situation before, different hip, a lot of pain and resulted in surgery – and obviously being an athlete, I feared the worst and was convinced I would be meeting up with the surgeon on my return! An MRI cleared up all doubts I had and the good news (if you can call it that) was the cartilage was fine and it was just the small matter of a tendon tare – CRACKING! At this point I wasn’t sure if I was going to have anymore races left. It was touch and go whether I would be racing in the Mixed Relay Cup as no one was sure if my hip would hold up – I took the gamble and thought if it wasn’t making it round a super super sprint there was no way it was making it around an olympic distance triathlon just two weeks later! It was definitely a risk worth taking because it was an incredible event to be apart of, (and no, I’m not biased because it was in my home town!) the crowds lined the course, Loughborough bagged a silver medal and I managed to get round pain free!
A couple of weeks later, and after 2 cancelled and 1 delayed flight we finally made it to Rotterdam for the world championships – reason for the disruption was the weather and I would be lying if I wasn’t slightly pleased for the forecasted rain all week. A solid swim put myself at the front of the race alongside the other Brit girls – myself, GTB and a couple of others kept the pace of the bike on and the gap kept going out to the chasers. T2 was a timely affair with cold hands and feet making things a bit more difficult – thankfully I managed to ram my feet in my shoes and left transition. Gorman and Santos caught me a couple of laps in but I held on to the bronze medal!
Just over a week ago I headed out to Jersey for the Super League triathlon – the first one to include women. I was so thankful for the opportunity to race as only 25 women were invited. The weekend consisted of 6 events, 3 on each day with day one being the triple mix and day 2 the eliminator. I won’t bore you will all the details but I will say that 10 minutes between races is definitely not enough and trying to swim after running and cycling really isn’t easy! This style of racing was brutal but really honed in on the importance of having a good race ‘craft’, something which we try to develop all the time. I finished up 5th overall which exceeded my expectations and getting to know the other girls on the circuit during the week was lovely too. I definitely want to go back to finish off seeing the island!
As for now I’m at home chilling with the pooches (another foster is on her way as we speak!), learning new DIY skills (this time its laying a patio!), and catching up with friends (I hope everyone is aware Bicester Village has an extra 20% off outlet prices…!).
And on one last note, many would have seen David Bishop was hit by a car last week and ended up going through the window – its a sharp reminder that things can take a turn for the worst in an instance so, please stay safe (wear a helmet) and drivers please respect cyclist, I promise we’re not out on the roads just to annoying you and make your journey take that 30 seconds longer…