• The Grand Final, a world cup & Barcelona tri

    I’ve enjoyed 3 final races to round off 2013.

    First up was the World Tri Series grand final in London. Dismal, rainy, cold weather made for a perfectly British race. It had been 3 weeks since my crash in Stockholm and another broken rib but things were going quite nicely in training. I was a bit petrified of anyone touching me in the swim due to my rib and needless to say, from analysis of the TV coverage I must’ve swum about 1700m. I came out at the back of the 2nd pack and had to work my ass off with some others to get onto the pack which we eventually did. Running had been very painful too with the rib so I didn’t know what to expect when I got to the run. I started very conservatively and managed to finish strong. 36th wasn’t exactly impressive but I had managed to stay on my bike and intact after the Stockholm crash.

    Next up a World Cup in Alicante….ummmm, lets just bypass that one why don’t we. I texted James (coach) afterwards basically saying I did all I could do and it wasn’t good enough on the day. He came up with a great tweet later in the day ‘Sometimes you put your hand up and say Just not good enough today, the key is knowing you’re good enough tomorrow.’ That pretty much summed it up….moving on…

    Lastly, was a bit of a fun race at the Garmin Barcelona tri to end off the season, and fun it sure was! Rory, one of our up and coming junior elites would join me for his first Olympic distance race as well as coach James, who would also be racing. Our transfers fell through at the last minute so we stupidly decided using public transport with our bikes would be a good idea. Not very, in the hot, Spanish sunshine. Once we eventually got there we went and treated ourselves to a lovely swim in the sea. The waves were big and the sea wild, I love it when it’s like that so we had a bit of a play in the sea, did our bike and run and scoped out the area for the next day. Race day came and the sea was basically waveless. It was a beautiful day for racing and a very different race – girls are allowed to draft off boys. Unfortunately I did not have my own domestique like some of the girls had pre organised. Rory unwittingly acted as Jodie Stimpson’s domestique (she was also domestique-less like me) and she then put in a stormer of run to win. I finished 5th but had a really fun day out racing.

    We rounded our trip off with some culture in Barcelona. It is a truly beautiful city, I cannot for the life of me understand why they have the World Series in Madrid when they could have it in Barcelona. We then tried to do the public transport thing with our bikes which ended up being a disaster. We got on the wrong train which was a non stopping train and ended up an hour outside Barcelona. Needless to say, we missed our flight so got to enjoy another day on the beach.

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