With just a one-day turn around back at HQ, we we’re straight back out to Barcelona for the 70.3. Now some people think that this is a flat course like the IRONMAN in October but the bike route is completely different with 1400 meters of climbing into the mountains and about that in descent too it’s a really beautiful and inspiring course. We had a great group on tour with us. Most of the group had travelled with us before and feel more like friends.
Our Team & Goals
I was racing this as a relay with Kerry who is an uber runner but had been having hip issues so was rehabilitating herself back from that and wanted to see how it reacted to race conditions again. I was fresh from Mallorca 70.3 and was looking forward to getting out on another course amongst our athletes. With the Full IM in October on my radar I also wanted to test out the sea swim for myself as that coastline is always choppy and can be a difficult one to get your head around so there were some great race goals in there along with the normal #StrongandSmiley.
Race day was great and really enjoyable. Its such a different feel taking on a race together as a team. I really recommend it. Kerry & I got our routine sorted in transition so we could visualize how the passing of the chip would work and then gave each other a final hug before I seeded myself in the pens and got my game face on. The swim was choppy as expected but nothing too dramatic. The last buoy was difficult to sight and I think half the field went wide and had to come back in so I don’t think I helped myself there but I was out of the water in a better than average time and onto that lovely bike course.
I pushed it hard up each climb (3 big ones) knowing that I could recover on the descents and when everyone else was refueling for the run and spinning out the legs, I was down on my drops pushing out everything I had to gain minutes for Kerry and chase the sub 3 hour bike split which came and went sadly but I wasn’t unhappy as I knew I left nothing out there. Kerry saw me as soon as I hit transition and assumed her position, I racked my bike, stuck out my leg and she grabbed the chip and legged it. Speedy was off and at quite some pace too.
The run is a lapped course so great for spectators and while keeping track of Kerry I managed to see most of our athletes come into transition and get out on the run course which is always a comfort. Kerry nailed it and as she made the final turn I joined her for our final run up the red carpet!! BOOM!!!
It was such fun to do it as a team. We hung out in the athletes garden for a while as everyone came through and we tracked Team Race Force on the app which said we’d come 4th which we were chuffed with. It wasn’t until later on while tucking into our dinner that we received the phone call from the awards ceremony telling us that we had come 4th overall!! Out of about 30 relay teams and most of them had 3 people and big strong men in them. (I was checking them out in transition) We had actually come 1st in the Female Relay category and we’re handed our trophy later that evening to a round of applause from the restaurant. Very proud team mates J
A lovely end to a really lovely event. We had a great British representation in the Pro field with the lovely Stuart Hayes & Emma Pallant from Team Dillion as well as one of our favs Ritchie Nicholls and also Mark Therfell who I met for the first time this trip. Its great when those guys pop in and share their wisdom, they’re such amazing athletes, working so hard and its awesome to see them in action, just so unbelievably strong and some great results all round.
Relay teams are just a fab way to race. The pressure is off a little and you can enjoy the atmosphere of the race without getting too nervous. It allows athletes from all disciplines to take part in Triathlon as well as athletes who are nursing their way back from injuries. Get in touch if you fancy taking part in one of our relay teams or if you want to nominate a friend or family member to become more that just a spect-athlete for race day. There is always one of our team racing with you and who knows, maybe you can hit the podium too! email@example.com
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