What a privilege it was to be part of the Irish team for the age group World Triathlon in Rotterdam. Incredible event filled with logistical challenges start to finish. Having had rain all day Saturday we were so lucky to have sunshine.
The bikes were left over night without the helmet or any gels, this was at transition 1 (T1), the swim start was at another location and so was transition 2 (T2), we had to catch a ferry to T1. On arrival at T1 I found that my battery had died on my power meter on the bike, amazingly I was able to buy one from the bike mechanic !! I then went to fix the gels on to the bike and they split like jam everywhere- great start!!
Before long we were off, the water was flat and I tried to find my rhythm but could not manage to hold on to any feet, pleased to get out of the water the transition was a very long run, the next challenge was to find the bike amongst thousands of others using 4 digits of the race numbers rather than 5 (adding confusion !)
The bike course was nice and flat with lots of corners but it was fast so I managed to gain a few places. T2 was another challenge to find the shoes this time the number system did use the race numbers ! The run course was through a park with a lot of switch backs, having not walked the course I missed the turning for the second lap and went 800m he wrong direction. Unfortunately that meant I lost approx 5/6 places in my category but I kept going.
This triathlon experience highlights to me the importance of planning and attention to detail which enable you to "be on your game". At Fairway we spend time planning our Group strategy, our teams meet regularly to discuss the day, the week and 3 months ahead. Of course things change and we adjust our plans accordingly.
I was 45 th in my category of approx 100 and was delighted to be the first in the Irish team for my age group!!
Well done to team Jersey, Jo Gorrod amazing 2nd place, Della Roderick 4 th ( so annoying 49 seconds !!) Nick Saunders 5th, Tom Perchard 5th, Nick Gorrod 8th, Mel 8 th, Katie and Philippa well done, Ollie Turner amazing finish so annoying your bike went technical.
Thank you to all the support, my parents who travelled to Rotterdam my fantastic husband and children who were with me all the way. Nick Saunders my coach and Kit Chamier who planned my nutrition.
Of course the race could have gone better but it's " all about the planning"