Graham was experiencing the life on an international triathlete.
We arrived back from Turkey in the early hours of Thursday morning & travelled up to Rutland Water Friday afternoon for a race on Saturday morning. This was going to be a tough day in the office for me as not only was the National Championships, it was also a qualifier for the Worlds in London (which is my aim) plus a qualifier for next year’s European Championships in Austria.
Race day morning dawned having had heavy rain overnight & strong winds. We arrived at transition wrapped up as though we were going to the Antarctic (bit of a shock to the system compared to Turkey!!).
Due to the strong wind conditions they shortened the swim by a 100mtrs. We had noticed with the swim start that a lot of competitors were running down the side by the bank & getting a lead of approx 100mtrs so that is what I did. Anything to make my life easier. I enjoyed the swim because it was a bit lumpy due to the wind.
On to the bike ride, which was a one lap 42K ride, which included the famous Rutland Ripple. It was a tough ride because of the wind. Back into transition to put the run shoes on for a one lap 10K run. Again, this was tough because of the wind as it is so open across the dam. I go through a bad spell between 7 & 9K but rallied for the finish. I hoped that I had done enough for my spot in London.
Overall time – 2:19:08
Swim – 22:44
T1 – 1:39
Bike – 1:12:12
T2 – 0:57
Run – 41:35
Position 172, 25th in my age group (no chance of a London slot with that performance).