Thursday, November 23, 2017

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I’ll admit straight away that it would have been much easier NOT to write this report.  No one really wants to read about races that sucked, and so it would have been very tempting to gloss over Sunday’s race.  But in the spirit of honesty and transparency, I thought I’d better do a short write up, even though it’s going to make uncomfortable writing.

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The hooter went without warning. This is it, head down, let battle commence.

Rewind a few days and there I was in Auckland, preparing for my second appearance at an ITU age group triathlon world championships. The weather wasn't playing ball. Or maybe it was just playing with us triathletes. The wind was seriously strong, the heavens were opening on a regular basis and it was cold. Pretty much all the conditions you don't want for a triathlon.

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With final preparations for the ITU Age Group World champs in Auckland well underway, my coach and I agreed a last little race before I leave would be a good idea. And with Bowood House just a 30-minute drive away, the sprint duathlon fitted the bill nicely.

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After my last blog about the need to pull myself out of a bit of a slump and get my head back in the game, this past weekend I chose to enter a local sprint triathlon – and then my coach decided since it was a Bank Holiday here in the UK, I could do a 25-mile TT on the Monday too!

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After my (relative) success at Dambuster last weekend (after checking the BTF website more times than I care to remember, finally on Friday I breathed a big sigh of relief to see “Q2 Dambuster” next to my name), I was tempted to give Shropshire a miss.

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