Monday, December 11, 2017
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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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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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I’d heard rumours it’s always windy at Dorney Lake.  But nothing quite prepared me for the howling gales that greeted me as I parked up and got the bike out of the car for the Beijing sprint triathlon qualifier on Sunday morning. 

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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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