A rainy day in the beautiful Wales was the decor of a great day out!
We set-up the Race Force stand and we got to help various people with their bikes and race prep. Tri bars needed to be taken off for the Sprint Qualifier, Tires needed to be replaced and entire bikes checked as one of the competitors decided to take part in the triathlon the day before as a challenge and only had his dad’s old bike available!
It is great to see how different people prepare for a race. A majority of people in the zone with a focus on the race, it reminded me of my a-race last year J. It was great this time to open up to others before the competition and have a chat with competitors and spectators! It’s so nice to offer a bit of comfort with advice, a big smile on someone’s face because you can give them a safety pin or even more important a tube with air just before their race!
Seeing the sprint guys going off first and cheering them on in their attempt to qualify for the worlds in Mexico or simply just finish and set a good time was a perfect mental warm-up for the race (and Thanks Gordon for telling me about the guy being stung in the face by a Jelly Fish).
Time for my own race! A nice and relaxed start with a women only swim start. The swim felt good and I noticed there weren’t many ladies in front of me but coming out of the water first was a bit of a surprise. A quick T1, ungracious flying mount and onto the bike, my favourite discipline. The bike was hard, my TT set up on my Argon18 and high gearing did not favour this course. Not enough low gears for the climb and the rain and cattle grids made the downhill challenging. I didn’t get caught until the last climb on the 4th lap so happy with that! Managed to get out of T2 first due to again a really quick transition but knew that the run was going to be a fight! The number 2 at that point overtook me within 250 meters which was expected so I was just hoping I had made enough time on other ladies and RUN. At the halfway point I saw a few ladies running towards me quickly with a big hill coming up! On the foot of the hill I was put back in 3rd. I continued feeling chased all the way up to the finish line. 3rd overall and 1st in my age group as a final result, very happy with that!
It felt great to race without expectations, mainly due to my preparations and being a Race Buddy for Race Force. Being relaxed meant I could enjoy the race and the company of others. Cheering people on, telling them they are doing great whilst overtaking me. Being not just focused on myself was really nice! I got to explain a few spectators before the event about the race, different distances and disciplines (people found us as we looked professional with our great looking Race Force Kit and banner). After the race I had lovely chats with the male (Art) and female winner (Anne) and many others who overtook me, I got to overtake or met before the Event. This continued with some Twitter and Facebook chat after the weekend.
TOGETHER WE RACE #TWR... I love this slogan and really experienced the power of it during this race!
Bring on the next one...
Happy Anniversary Jennifer! 52 weeks!
April 2, 2015
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I vaguely remember doing some training soon after; cruisi...