Looking at the results from last year my aim was to get on the podium, having finished 9th the year before, I knew this would be ambitious.
The first run went well. As my run is my strongest element I have a tendency to go out too hard. I restricted myself to sitting in the lead pack. I was feeling pretty comfortable, until I took a tumble on the muddy course. Luckily I’d just grazed my elbow and dented my ego!
T1 went smoothly. I was initially fairly hesitant as I was using a tt bike for the first time, having borrowed UEA legend Dave Chesterman’s steed. Eventually I got the hang of it and started picking up some speed (av 23 mph). I kept bike guru Tom Huband in sight and with 5km to go I picked up the pace and was closing in on a group of three athletes.
I started the second run leg with Jake Pye (Team Skipper) but managed to pull away. I began the painful task of reeling in Tom. Having nursed a stitch through the first 3km I finally started to feel good. I began to gain on fellow Beacon tri athlete Jake Brockwell (4th) and the 5th placed athlete, but they were too strong and the finish line came too soon.
Overall, I’m happy with 6th place as there were some very strong guys there. I won my age group, had the fastest second run split, and was four minutes quicker than last year!
Next up, is the Norwich Half marathon and the East Coast triathlon. Thanks to Beacon tri for the support.