In my last blog I told you all about the fact I had missed out on the Bristol qualification race due to work pressures and then failed to get my entry in for Llandudno, which is such a silly error to make and one I am still kicking myself for!
However, what’s done is done and it’s important to keep looking forward. The last few weeks have meant some good consistent training blocks, some serious time on the turbo and more swimming than I have ever done in my life. I am sure one morning pretty soon I will awake with gills! Actually waking with gills would be pretty handy for racing! Work is still busy but I have managed to book in a couple of unplanned mid-season triathlons.
The first was this weekend and what a glorious weekend! Finally it feels like summer is actually here and the weekend started with a lovely open water dip at the blue lagoon in Arlesey, Bedfordshire. This was taken with Transition Tri triathlon club which is based out of Hitchin, Herts. This is the first time I have swum in these waters but it was glorious. We counted over 60 swimmers in the lake that morning and there was even a party of teenagers still partying from the night before on the beach, so with music to accompany the swim it was a lovely way to start the weekend.
Sunday was race day, but all the pressure was off as it was a nice local event in Bedford. The venue was at Box End in Bedford and consisted of a loop of the wake boarding lake, 20km out on the roads of North Bedfordshire and an off road run around Box End Park itself. The full race report is under the race report section of this website but it was a lovely race, extremely well organised by VOtwo events and the weather was so good I and numerous others contemplated a non-wetsuit swim.
One thing I have to say is that my coach (Mark One Coaching) has had me doing hill reps on the bike for a couple of months now and although I am sick of the sight of a certain south Bedfordshire hill I have to admit it seems to of done the trick. The extra focus on the bike led the way to the best bike split of the day. So it seems I’ll be doing a few more hill reps yet!
It looks like the additional swim focus and hours spent in the turbo room have paid off with a new PB in the swim and the bike. This was a really useful race to have, and earned me guilt free BBQ in the garden when I got home and watched Chris Froome retain the yellow jersey in the TDF and Andy Murray win Wimbledon! Happy days!
Looking forward, I was due to be in India this week with work but this has now been cancelled which is a bit of a relief as I didn’t really want the interruption to training, it means I can get in a good solid week of training this week before it lightens slightly next week in preparation for the Vachery Triathlon on the 21st July. After this it will be pure focus to the final European Qualification race in New Biggin in September, and yes, before you ask I have definitely entered this one!