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Athlete Focus: with 2012 GB Age Group Athlete Ashley Brookes

TriBlogsby TriBlogsJan 28th 2013

By Ashley Brookes

At TriBlogs we're proud to say that over the years quite a few of our members have qualified in their age group for the ITU World Championships and ETU Championships. This is an exciting time for athletes and this year promises to be a triathlon bonanza with the 2013 ITU World Triathlon Championships taking place in Hyde Park, London, England on 11 September - 15 September.


Athletes can qualify at selected races over the season (see your country's triathlon governing body for details). But, if you wish to qualify then you need to get your entries in early as races fill up fast!

Today's Guest Blog is written by Ashley Brookes who raced for GB in last years ITU World Championships in Auckland. Thanks to Ashley for taking the time to write this for us :-)
Athlete Focus: with 2012 GB Age Group Athlete Ashley Brookes

Athlete Focus Q&A

How are your preparations for the London world championships going?

I've got all my entries in the for the qualification races in June next year. Training is focused around good technique and endurance sessions. I've started to build my mileage up and have entered a cheeky middle distance race in Fuerteventura this April to finish off the steady miles.

What do you think the race will be like next year?

With the World Championships in London next year I think the GB team will be the strongest Age-Group Team to date, especially after a home Olympic Games and the Brownlee gold and bronze medals.

What was it like qualifying for last year's World Championships in New Zealand?

I qualified on my home turf, the Bristol Harbourside Sprint Triathlon, which is organised by my local triathlon club (BAD Tri) too. I finished 8th in my age group which was better than expected and I was delighted when I got the email from the BTF about a roll down place for the Team.

How did the race itself go?

Having only arrived 24 hours before the race start, I wasn't expecting a great performance, but I kept my spirits up and hoped for the best. There were multiple times throughout the race where I found myself feeling much more tired than normal but I thought 'keep pushing, keep pushing, this is the worlds'. The run was particularly hard but I sprinted to the line and finished with a bang.

What have you learnt for next year?

The week before the race is the most important week, and take lots of pictures before and after the race!!

What will you do differently?

If all goes to plan I'll take a week off work before the race. Rest up and taper properly. I missed the pre race bike course reccee last time so that will help.

What does that mean for tomorrow/next week?

I always neglect stretching so I'm trying to do lots of it now to give me good habits for the season ahead. I'm also on the Triathlon Shop team this year, which is great for team training, mechanical support and having lots of like minds to help keep focused at this time of year.

See our competition to win a FREE entry to the 2013 Bristol Harbourside Triathlon Sprint Distance race (one of the 2013 sprint distance ITU World Championship Qualifiers).

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