It didnt start well. Torn wetsuit, late arrival, the buoys wouldn't ground so started floating off and the sun wasn't shining.
The swim compounded a poor start with a loss of direction (it wasn't my sighting - I could see everything and had a good 10 seconds at the buoy; I just didnt know what I was looking for! N:B Reccy course and get to briefing!!
I had to stop twice in the swim remove goggles and try to spot exit this must have cost me 20 - 30 seconds and I ended up exiting only 10 seconds up on 2nd place. The run was slower than the 1st race but the frustration of the swim was getting to me. I knew the course record was on the cards but really wanted to finish around 14 minutes but knew that this was now unlikely due to the swim errors.
T1 was not the best as I was thinking about the swim and not putting it behind me, this ended up slower than I wanted and I lost my focus for the run section resulting in the slower time.
I ended up with the course record but it wasn't anywhere near where it should have been and there are some quick guys around so cannot see it lasting that long. Ill just have to make that 14 minutes at Race 3.
- As an ex-National League Basketball player I took up triathlon as a development from cross training. I won my first Sprint distance race and placed second in my first Olympic distance. Since then I have raced the UK Elite Superseries coming 24th in the National Elite Champs, raced Vegas 70.3 WChamps and helped Paratriathlete Iain Dawson to World, European and National Titles. In 2011 I obtained Pro authorisation from the BTF and am pushing my development by stepping up to top level competition in 2012. Aside from this I am a L1 Swim and Tri coach and Professional Lloyds Broker.