Thursday, November 23, 2017

OK, so first off, apologies if this post gets a little long – there’s a lot to try to cram in! I’ll try to just focus on the race in this post and then do a separate one for the whole experience of being in China and watching both Alistair Brownlee and Helen Jenkins seal their world championships.

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Being a member of the Marlborough & District (MAD) Tri club, the Marlborough Triathlon is my home race and thus one I try not to miss. But it seems to be becoming a trend that the build up to the race is less than smooth!

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It’s difficult to know where to start with this particular report.  I’m not sure how or when coach Mark Shepherd and I made the decision, but since the turn of the year the Dambuster Triathlon has somehow been my big ‘A’ race of the year.   I guess the reason for this was simply that it was my last chance to qualify for Beijing and the Age Group world champs.

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Well. This was nearly the race that wasn't. Having qualified for Beijing at last week's Speedy Beaver, it was tempting to say 'job done' and give Shropshire (an Olympic distance ITU qualifier, rather than sprint like Eton and Speedy) a miss.  Having already raced two weeks running, there was half a thought to give my body a rest in the lead up to Dambuster on 18th June. 

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I'll admit that when I signed-up to race the Speedy Beaver as my second attempt to qualify for the Sprint Triathlon category at the Beijing world champs later this year, I wasn't really thinking about anything other than qualifying...

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