Sunday 6 May
It was a really good, friendly race and the venue was ideal for youngsters too.
The swim was 8 lengths of the pool, and I was really pleased to be second out of the water and running to the Transition Area to get my bike. To save time later I had a cunning plan which was to put my trainers on rather than waste time changing shoes later. I exited transition in just over a minute and Mum and Dad were really impressed – I love elastic laces! Unfortunately the bike section was all around the grass playing fields rather than on road and I was a bit worried about slipping on the corners with my thin road tyres, but the others were in the same situation too, as we all had road bikes. I stayed in the front the whole way, and due to not having to swap shoes managed a T2 transition in less than a minute! Dad couldn’t believe his eyes! I started really strong on the run, leading the pack for the whole of the first lap when I started to blow. I got really demoralised when one of them overtook me, and didn’t seem to be able to get my speed back. Then – disaster – another one overtook too! I felt really beaten up now, and it was all I could muster to finish the race with a sprint finish.
I hope to be able to go back next year and win, and looking back on the race I think I should have pushed harder on the bike section, as that is my strength at the moment and it would have increased the distance between me and the others before they started the run. Or maybe I need to do more run training…
So overall I came third in my age group, and first girl. The prize was a really snazzy trisuit from TriZoo, who were the sponsors, and I chose a design that had been made especially for the Brownlee brothers – Cool!