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Race round up

Monday, September 26th, 2011

So I am home after a bit of a frantic trip back. I pretty much crossed the finish line and ran to my hire car so I could catch my flight home. Once on the plane I could sit back and reflect on the race. My legs were in bits and I was struggling to sit down so I can quite happily say i gave 110%.

The swim was short, not great for a swimmer and I knew it from my pre race swim the day before but can you do at the end of the day. The first 200 or so meters were fast and it was Poulat and Sudrie showing the ITU speed they have consistently shown over the years. So I jumped in behind and sat in quite happily in 3rd spot. Not sure who it was but one of them tried to break the field but I reeled him back on and after a bit we started to exchange the lead. I was lucky enough to get out first making it 4 or 5 races this year with the lead swim and not feeling too tired at the end so that was a bonus.

After some seriously heavy rain in the morning I was a little bit hesitant about the bike course. It was one of the hardest courses I have raced on and with the technical descents it could have been a nightmare especially with quite a large group coming together. Luckily it stopped raining before the swim start and by the time we were out on the roads it had dried up a bit. Some of the more shaded areas were quite damp still so you just had to keep your wits about you. About 60k in and during the most technical descent the group split and with uber biker Mikel Elgezabal (winner of UK 70.3) on the front and me at the back it meant only one thing, hang in with the riders I was with and save the legs for the run. Coming in tot he city I had a bit of a scare when my back wheel locked and I sent the back end of my bike around a traffic island. Not sure how I stayed up but thankful with a shed load of supporters watching eagerly on for someone to go down!

Out on to the run my plan was to build in and make sure i had no niggles still in the leg. It actually felt 100% fine so I am over the moon. It was the first half in which I have not completely blown so all in all it was a good race I feel. The run course was fast with quite a lot of downhill sections but to go down you must go up (yes I know its the other way around). Half way in to the second lap I thought I was done for, I could feel myself slowly drifting away to a state of death but out of no where I found some motivation (something to do with BTA) and that’s all I will say on that matter. On the third and final lap Jersey triathlete Matt Gambles cousin of Joe Gambles was out in front of me so I chased him down, he looked like he was running really strong so well done to him.

My overall time was 3h59.49 so my first sub 4 hour half and on a tough course I am pleased with that. Now back in to what I have been doing since my return from Switzerland and to start upping the game. It seems to have worked so thanks to Brett for his patience.



Thursday, September 1st, 2011

I have been home a week now, was hoping to write a blog last week when i got back but the morning after i returned I had a triathlon camp with my junior triathletes.

Was great to see them all, we had 25 each day with a packed programme. Swimming in the morning and then a short run brick after. During the afternoon we were on the cycle track practicing transitions for the following days race. For the first time they raced on open roads after a sea swim, then a run out along the break water and back. Our youngest triathlete was a mere 8 years of age so it’s great to see so many youngsters on a small island enjoying the sport that we all love.

I was exhausted after the 3 days of coaching and training myself but Sunday morning it was the turn of the seniors to race. It was a good morning for the race, with really high tides the currents meant the swim was nearly 4 minutes slower than the previous year. I think the slowest swimmer really struggled on the day recording a 1h15 swim for 1500m. Not sure she realised you had to swim sideways to reach the buoys!! I had a two minute lead going out on to the bike, with strong head winds i knew it would be a tough day to get any where near my time from last year but i pushed hard and was just off the sub hour split by a second so it was a good effort. The run was hard, with only 12 days of running back in my legs a track session on tuesday and a whole day of driving on wednesday meant i was finding it tough from the start but i crossed the line in first taking the Jersey title again ahead of Nick Saunders.

Being home has been great, been catching up on work and training hard so very pleased. Just want to say a quick thank you to all those that came down to cheer me on during the race, having the support really helped me towards the end of the run.

Will write a blog on Switzerland next week to let you all know what its been like for me. Chat soon.