On Sunday the 25th of September, I raced in the British Middle Distance National Championship where I took the overall win and became the British Middle Distance Champion! The normal distances for middle distance triathlon are 1900m Swim, 56-mile Bike, 13.1-mile run. Unfortunately, the swim was shortened to 750m due to air and water temperature, which didn’t play in my favour of being a strongish swimmer. This meant I had to bike harder to gain some time on the other girls in the race.
I started the swim well coming out the water 4th overall, including the men, with a 2 minute lead on the next women. While jumping on my bike, I managed to lose my front hydration, with my energy. Over 80g of carbs was lost due to this. I didn’t let this affect me and still had the fastest bike split of the day. I loved the course, rolling with fast British roads and I used my knowledge of the course to my advantage.
Going onto the run I felt good and was holding pace. I had a 11-minute lead, to the next women, but knew the calibre of athlete she is and started to lose around 2 minutes per lap. With the lack of fuel, by the last lap my body just needed to get to the finish, but I was able to hold on for the win.
This was a gate way event to receive a professional licence but due to the swim being shortened to 750m, this meant the criteria for the licence would not be met. I have now appealed this and waiting to hear back from British Triathlon
Next race will hopefully be Challenge Peguera in Majorca in 3 weeks time. Thanks for all the support