Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Of all the multi-sports formats, I have to admit the standard distance duathlon (10km run, 40km bike, 5km run) is probably my least favourite. But then, as I’m sure some saying or another goes – you should do more of what you enjoy least.

And so today, my 2013 preparation continued with the small Kinetic-One standard distance duathlon at the Castle Combe motor racing circuit, organized by DB Max.

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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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It’s hard to believe that in less than three weeks I will (hopefully!) have finished racing at the World Age Group Triathlon Championships in Auckland. What, for most of the summer, has seemed like an age away is suddenly very close and very real.

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(First of all, this is a long post, I apologise in advance!)

In case you hadn’t noticed (hard not to, what with my incessant Tweets and Facebook updates!), this weekend saw my first opportunity to don the Great Britain age group team trisuit and compete at the European Duathlon Championships in Limerick, Ireland.

After a cramped but bearable (and cost effective!) car / ferry journey to Limerick, we checked into the Maldron Hotel on the outskirts of Limerick (a great find by Rach – and very accommodating to three athletes arriving with a truck-load of kit) and got the bikes squared away.

We decided to take a quick shake down of the bikes to check the journey hadn’t affected the gears etc.  As we were leaving, I spotted my seat post had dropped a touch and made the decision to raise it back up.  Mistake.  Drama #1 ensued as we were unable to get my seat post bolt to hold and it kept slipping back down.  A little swearing and much brute force later, we did manage to get it tight and even took the risk of raising the seat 5mm or so (Mark had previously noted he thought I was too low on the bike).

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It seems to have come around faster than I expected.  Come Thursday evening, coach Mark Shepherd, Rachael Elliott and I will be cramming three bikes (and God knows how many wheels), three bodies and minimal luggage into the beast that is the Orange Wonder (actually a Fiat Qubo - what Mark would describe as a 'proper' duathlete's car) and setting off down the M4 towards Fishguard.

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