Born again Triathlete

European Age-Champs - Race Report

justalby justalJun 26th 2013
It's been almost two weeks since the European Age-Group Champs in Alanya, Turkey. I'm now back int he UK after an amazing trip.

I booked my travel independently through Thomas Cook and boy am I glad that I did. Those that booked through the BTF's preferred travel partner Nirvana had loads of problems with bike transfers and most had to have them shipped overland a week before the race. That didn't all go to plan though as they managed to lose a bike that belonged to one of the people in our tri club meaning that she had to borrow a bike from someone else for the race.

I didn't have any such problems but did have to pay again for the bike on the transfer which I am in the process of claiming back from Thomas Cook. Once in Alanya the hotel I stayed in was cheap and basic but suited my needs. It was a little noisy at night thanks to the main road, but it was literally 100 yards from the plush team hotel which was equally as noisy.

The few days before the race were hectic and involved lots of walking back and forth from one side of Alanya to the other for things such as race briefings, registration, equipment checks, swim recce's, bike recce's, bike racking, supporting friends in the Olympic distance race, team photos and many other things so there was little time for relaxing. I did manage to make the most of both the breakfast buffet and the dinner buffet in the hotel though so all of that pre-race weight loss before heading out was negated.

The race itself was good, a lovely open water swim in the warm waters of the Med, so no wetsuits. It was fairly frantic up at the front end of the swim pack and quite competitive but I exited the water in first place in my Age-Group some 17 seconds up. T1 went well and I was soon on the 20km flat and straight bike course, half of which was cobbled. All went well with that and I extended my lead over 2nd place before heading through T2 and out onto the run under the now blazing Turkish sun with temperature soaring into the 30's. I used the water stations to douse myself in water to keep cool and managed to negative split the run, getting faster for each mile. The first mile was ticked off in 5:54, the second in 5:49 and the third in 5:44 before the final sprint to the finish where I crossed the line in a time of 1:00:17 to claim the Gold Medal for Team-GB having increased my lead still further. A Russian came in 2nd, some 80 seconds down, followed by a fellow Brit in 3rd place some 2:34 behind me... Wooohooo, I'm a European Champion!!!

Who'd have thought that a couple of years ago when I first started swimming, biking and running - I distinctly remember telling everyone that I wasn't doing this for the competition aspect but just to have fun and get a little fitter!

You can read the full race report here: 2013 European Age Group Triathlon Championships, Alanya, Turkey - Race Report
European Age-Champs - Race Report
martinkilbby member: martinkilb, Jun 27th 2013 23:33
Awesome, I've been reading your blog over the past few years from time to time - well deserved! Great show!
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