Wow, its amazing how time creeps up on you. One minute I'm in Australia smashing up the Ironman course and in a blink of an eye its July. A quick glance at my last blog entry reminds me I have races a few times and with significant points to write about. Where can I get a Hermione Granger watch from? I need more hours in the day.
Race 1 - Chester Deva, ITU Worlds Qualifier race for the GB team. I only need to finish in the top 5 to get a slot to race across London in September but the problem is I have been suffering with knee pain since returning from Australia. So, smash the swim, hammertime on the bike and hold on for a steady run and take what I can get. I lead the freezing cold swim until the first bridge then get caught up in a small group exiting the swim in 5th in my age group. It feels like a long swim but it goes against the current for a long time.T1 is at the top of a big hill and soon I'm out on the uneven roads of Cheshire and Wales and enjoying a little sunshine warmth. Back into T2 and run down the hill into the meadows for the two lap course and despite a controlled run I manage to catch a few runners and finish 5th in age group. Fortunately I am moved up to 4th as a drafter gets a 2minute penalty. Either way I have my Great Britain place for the ITU Word Standard Distance Championships. Job done!!
Race 2 - Dambuster Triathlon, ITU Worlds Qualifier race for the GB team. Well I have my slot so really should I race??? hmmm I love racing and its all good practice for the swim and bike if I decide not to run.
Race 3 - Spalding Sprint Triathlon. Again a huge contrast in comparison to the Ironman distance but its the hottest day of the year and windy so maybe a little like Melbourne. (Maybe not).
As the previous years winner I was invited back to race and having been a local race for me in the past it was also a fantastic opportunity to see my children who live in the town. This is a really friendly low key race but very well organised. I would recommend it to anyone of any standard, experienced or novice.
I also decided it will be my last race for the RAF since I left the RAF two years ago. Its now time to go unattached until I can find a new team I want to be part of. Sad, but after 22 years since my first triathlon its time to move on. I made some great friends that will be friends for life. It was awesome to go out with a win.
Next race - The NHS championships in Bolton depending on the knee!