Wednesday, 4 September 2013

11 days until the World Championships!

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift."
-Steve Prefonataine

Auckland Oct 21st 2012, The World Triathlon Championships took place. In 11 days the annual World Triathlon Championships returns for 2013. This time in London on last year’s Olympic course in Hyde Park. 

Auckland was my 1st experience of a World Triathlon Championships, an incredible experience. I finished in 18th place in the 25-29 age group and 3rd British athlete. A result that has motivated and propelled me for the last year, through snow; freezing temperatures, numb toes, early morning swims, abstaining from eating my favourite treats, distinct lack of booze and constant washing of smelly training kit.
Since Auckland this is what has happened….
  • 292 days of training
  • 274 hours on the bike
  • 154 hours of early morning swim sessions
  • 18 races from muddy cross country to road races, crit races, duathlons and triathlons, all over the country in all types of conditions from snow to heat waves.
  • 7 ½ pairs of swim goggles (i can't help loosing/breaking them!)
  • And a ridiculous number of omelettes eaten!

and in pictures….
A year ago in New time flies, the race, after party and a spot of bike touring to relax post race.

Training day after day, week after week in all weathers

All that training requires some fuel! Cafe stops are essential (only a few scones!)

All in an effort to be the best I can be for London in 11 days time, No pressure!
Am I ready? Yes I can honestly say I have consistently trained well since returning from a spot of bike touring in New Zealand, post last year’s World Champs. I honestly believe I have done everything possible to be as ready as possible. Last weekend I competed in the Club Relay Championships, in Nottingham, Leeds &Bradford Tri Club had a host of teams competing, our team finished a very creditable 5th in the mixed teams and my splits showed a year's training has paid off, in some areas more than others( i have done some bike training, honest!)
        2012 Club Relays                         2013 Club Relays
               9.29                   Swim:                 7.41 
               24.24                 Bike                   24.52
               20.19                  Run                    17.55

So the training is done,  I now just need to sort out when and how I will travel down to London, where I will stay and what the course is like, minor details…

A few pieces of final inspiration….
Diana Nyad becomesthe first swimmer to swim from Florida to Havana crossing the Florida Striats without a shark cage, her first attempt was in 1978, at the age of 64 she completes her dream!

The joy of running just shines through in this great video by Chris Connell highlighting the simple brilliance of Park Run.

Get ready for london! Great promo video to wet the appetite 

Good luck everyone competing for Team GB in London

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