With the summer and the tri season drawing to a close, I thought it was time to summarise the highs and lows of 2012 so far. The racing has been thick and fast for some, but as always the performances have rocked!
It was touch and go the week leading to Marlow Triathlon, the weather had dealt a terrible hand and the flooding was rife throughout the country. Literally hours before the race, the organisers were still deciding on whether it was safe to run the swim course! With the Thames flowing at a rather impressive 100 cubic metres per second, it made for a some rather speedy swim splits! The Premier Tri crew consisted of a male dominated James, Davey and Emerick. Emerick and James kicked things off in the sprint distance. Much to the Emericks (ex-sprinter) disgust, the run course had been lengthened to 7.5 km, needless to say he manned up and tackled it with his usual vigour and ran home in an impressive 1hr 41. James also clocked a great time of 1hr 36. Davey took on the longer course, which ended up with altered distances in each area (900m swim, 37k bike and 7.5k run). He smashed it home in an impressive time of 1hr 53.
The next outing was for the girls! Myself and betty took on the competitive field of Bedford Triathlon. This was one of the 3 qualifiers for the Age Group European Championships and boy did we feel it! The line up was stacked with the best from each age group and some impressive times were clocked. The swim was long, arduous, busy and sunny- making it difficult to spot on the home straight… I had a total shocker and clocked my slowest swim time ever (oooops). Betty faired a little better and was out ahead of me. The bike section was deceptively hard with a couple of cheeky hills which certainly took it out the legs. The run was thankfully a flat, riverside course which means we both clocked our 10k PB’s off the bike.
I finished 3rd overall in my age group which means i’ve succsessfully qualified for the Europeans in 2013 (woo hooo). Relief was definately the emotion felt after the race…that and the usual 5 hrs of tummy cramps!! Betty also held on for a good overall time, which is even more impressive seeing as it was her first Olympic distance after a long period of injury!
She has since been making the most of her return to fitness and has raced at Henley and Thames Turbo. Both races she has proved that she is coming back in good form. She finished Thames turbo in an amazing time of 1hr 12 mins and Henley in 2hr 32. Watch this space as she certainly has more in the tank!
The last mention goes to Anna Holmes who has been dominating in every race so far! She had a third place finish at the Rye Triathlon and then bought home a win at Hever Castle! Great work Holmesy!