Finally, the end of the season has arrived. To be fair, it’s been a long time coming. I started my training for the Outlaw Half back in January with my aim for the season to just complete the half ironman and after that get a sub 1:40 half marathon in. In reality, following Outlaw it all kind of spiralled out of control and took me on a journey I couldn’t have imagined and no opportunity to run my 1:40 – yet!
My finish time at Outlaw qualified me for the European Middle Distance Champs in Mallorca and the Dambuster triathlon I decided to do a few weeks after, despite still l feeling the effects of Outlaw qualified me for the World Champs at Standard distance and also the European Champs in Geneva next year. So all in all a pretty successful year.
But back to the point of the post. In a few days time I’ll get to represent the GB age group team at Challenge Paguera in the European Middle Distance Champs. This will be my last triathlon race of the season. It’s my second GB age group vest following my appearance in Edmonton so I kind of know how it works now although this isn’t a fully supported BTF race so has a slightly different vibe to it so far.
I’m pleased that some of the GreenlightPT crew are also competing which is nice as it’ll be a great experience to share together with no doubt plenty of stories to take home with us!
I don’t feel particularly prepared for this race. I’ve followed my plan and have hit my targets but after the highs of Edmonton I’ve struggled to get the motivation going for this one which is a shame as I really wanted this to be the one where I get a great result. I’ve had a few niggles which haven’t helped my confidence on the run and with stresses of work and home I’m a little apprehensive about this race. I’m typing this somewhere over France having got to the airport hotel at 11pm last night, only to have to get up at 3am to catch my flight so am lacking somewhat in the sleep department – all good prep eh?
That said – it’s the last blow out for the year, I’ve enjoyed the training over the last ten months so I’m hoping it will all come together and I can finish on a high and repay the faith others have had in me.