It was so good to get my first Duathlon of the season out of the way, mainly because over the last few weeks I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t like training much! It’s that time of year when the weather is crap, training starts to drag and you have to keep reminding yourself why you started in the first place.
But alas, a chance to get my race face on and I was looking forward to it! With the wise words of coach Chris in my head this race was just about getting the processes right…
After a fair amount of faff and much shorter warm up than I’d have liked I was off! I quickly settled and for the first time in what feels like a very long time I felt like an ok runner. I didn’t do anything heroic just enjoyed the comfortably hard pace and relaxed into a rhythm. Coming into T1 I could see my racing buddy Vikki ahead. Last year Vikki won her AG at Zofingen LD World Championships (the mecca of Duathlon) so this is one fit lady!
Today Vikki was giving her lovely new Liv road bike a ride out and once I got onto the bike course for a split second I wished I was on mine too! Getting down into TT position my power told me I’d left my legs on vinegar hill of the Coalville wheelers TT course last week!? I’ve never had that feeling before so from that point on I didn’t look at my Garmin, I just focused on being as aero as I could and not getting passed. Thankfully my plan worked and I was only overtaken by one guy. I came into T2 with around a minute lead so I knew I had to have a decent run not to be caught.
Bike racked and I came out of T2 like I was Paula Radcliffe! My run legs took me pleasantly by surprise. At this point I wanted to hug Chris for making me suffer in training because I was running faster than my first leg and felt good!
I crossed the finish line happy that I’d not forgotten what to do and confident that everything is building nicely ready for the euro champs at the end of April.
Massive thanks to my coach Chris for putting up with me and to Giant Leamington for all of the bike support.