After my triathlon last year in Stratford, I was coerced by some friends into entering the British Age Group Trials to compete at the World Championships. After some umm-ing and ah-ing I decided I had nothing to lose, and with the confidence a win gives you I got my name on the entry list, trying to convince myself that my fourth ever triathlon was going to be the trials and that was ok��..
A hard winter of training later, and I arrived at Nottingham feeling rather overwhelmed by the amazing display of bikes and other kit! Not to be deterred, I pulled my wetsuit on over my butterfly filled stomach and jumped in. Despite the weeds and multitude of other people all trying swim on top of each other, I completed the swim part in a personal best time and rushed to take off my wetsuit. On the bike, whilst I was overtaken by some of these fantastic bikes, I was doing my fare share of overtaking too, and felt quietly confident that with a good run I could be in the mix. And sure enough, I managed to finish in a qualifying place and am off to race in the 25-29 years age group at the World Triathlon Championships in Edmonton, Canada, this August.
I owe many thanks to HealthKinect for supporting me from the outset, with buying my bike on the Cycle to Work scheme - without this support I would have been racing on my old bike, basket and all! I must also thank them for their continued support through this summer as I train harder. Adam, our Integrated Health Practitioner, has helped me ensure I get a good balance between work, training, competing a horse, sleep and nutrition to allow me to get the best possible results.
Watch this space and I will let you know how I get on in Edmonton at the end of August!