It seems a while since my last blog (probably because not much has happened!) but, I thought I would would write a little update on whats been going on!
I have recently been getting in some solid training which has been good because of the lack of consistency in all disciplines over christmas and the new year. I was pleased, and pretty lucky that my swimming didn’t take much of a hit despite the time away from the pool, and have seen some good improvements especially over sessions and time trials aimed around 1500m. Running is still a work in progress, and I’m still not running a full volume programme but things are going in the right direction so I can’t really complain.
In March I raced the National duathlon which turned out to be a 10km run race due to high winds… this probably wasn’t an ideal format for me as my strengths aren’t really in my running! But I finished and despite some breathing issues was pleased. This was followed by a training block though April and the BUCS sprint champs last weekend. I enjoy racing for Loughborough and it was great to be part of a team as this rarely happens in the tri world. The weather was being extremely unpredictable with thunder, lightening and torrential ran one minute followed by sunny spells the next – suppose thats what British racing is all about! The race was solid but I kept things under control as I had my first Olympic distance race the following weekend. I was pleased to pick up individual silver behind Zoe Thomas (who had an incredible bike leg!) and gold as a team with Vicky Johnston and Kim Bell.
Thursday came and it was time to head out to Madrid with David – the journey was stress free however once arriving in Madrid things didn’t stay that way! We arrived at the apartments and it was apparent something was dodgey, there was no one there and we had no idea how to get the keys. I went to a hotel two doors down and he confirmed that the apartments were in fact a scam… I was having a slight ‘flap’ at this point and yes I did have cry too! To make things worse there was a big tennis tournament on so hotels were either full or very pricey! After a lot of internet surfing we found a place to stay.
At this point I assumed that was enough drama for one trip but no, what was meant to be a simple trip to the pool ended up being an hour trek around the university campus and the site manager (who didn’t speak a word of English) escorting us off the campus – long story!
Once race day arrived so did the nerves, I was more nervous than usual, probably because it was something new and I didn’t really know what to expect! I had a solid swim and opened up a 25 second gap to the main group, I decided to take the opportunity and see how long I could stay out in front on the bike for, it lasted for 30km but when the gap got down to 20 seconds I sat up and tried to bring some life back to my legs! It took me a while to get into the run but when I did, I found myself at the front with my French team mate Jeanne – I felt real good for the first 5km but then the inevitable happened, the legs fell off and it was a long 5km home! I held on for a podium and couldn’t have given it any more, the only downside to the podium was getting marched off for drugs testing when all I wanted to do was eat ice cream and watch David and the others race. I managed to catch the end of the bike and the run. It was great to see David leading the run until a stitch hindered the last few km but he still held on for 7th and his 2nd top 10 in 2 weeks.
I’m back in Loughborough now revising for exams and training for my first WTS in London in just a fews time!