So my 2016 season has finally come to an end.
I’m sat in a bar, in OKC, with a beer.
Yes. A beer.
An alcoholic beer too!
it’s been a bit of a crazy season and looking back at what I’ve done it’s hardly been a bad one!
So the world championships.
Well the swim was none wetsuit, 4.75km. Yes 750m longer, in the worst conditions I’ve ever swam in. And that was probably the best thing that happened to me all day.
Getting out of the water in 1:45 I thought that was it. Race over. I knew everyone would be so far ahead, I’d never catch them.
So I took the pressure of myself, put my head down and do what I do best.
So I set about lighting up the bike course. If I wasn’t gonna medal, I was gonna make a statement.
Averaging just under 40kph I was reeling people in like they weren’t moving. Passing 10-15 of my age group on the bike, I knew I was in the top 5 starting the run.
So I cracked on with the first lap, and in true triathlon fashion, I felt awesome.
Then it hit me like a train.
But I dug deep, and brought home the honey. Averaging 5:28/km in the heat. Overall a good day out.
Seeing as I completely missed winter there were lots of sacrifices to be made early on in the season.
I missed a lot of big races along with hours of training, and getting back into it alongside finishing an architecture degree was a real struggle. Having only had alcohol twice since mid March, my already limited social life took a hit too.
To get me back up and running I’d like to make a massive shoutout to Lucy for putting up with my moaning day & night and the studio morale support. Along with all the architects, despite constant training related abuse, they’re a great bunch.
It literally wouldn’t have been possible without the boys in the flat constantly having a laugh through the hours we were home. And Lightfoot & Berry’s culinary workshops.
And the forever mighty ‘famous five’ dinners that would put a smile on any food lovers face.
Considering I started triathlon last year I still can’t quite believe I’ve broken two of the Bath CC records from 1993 along with a silver medal at European Champs and a bronze at the worlds.
Not to mention a 25.07 BAR score in my first season racing anything over a 10 mile time trial.
Bath cycling club have been an incredible support throughout this and I’d thoroughly reccomend them to cyclists of any level.
I owe a special mention to Jim at 73 degrees cycles and Darren, without who my bikes would (& did) fall apart.
Getting back to it post injury has been hard, mixed with having my first international races in some really strong fields & local racing being barely easier, it’s been a bumpy season.
The local time trials have been great to keep me on my toes but a heavy race schedule with an average of 1.7 races a week since June it’s been really telling on the body.
I’m more than excited to have some down time without having to perform at a high level for such a long time.
The normal life of a 22 year old with beers, catch ups & nights out are definitely on the line up for October. Along with some quality time back with these animals.
Obviously only two beers though. Let’s not get carried away…
I’d really like to thank Congleton Town Council for their generous donation to help me race in America. Along with Federal Mogul who’s payment will be put to great use for next year.
I owe John Honey a thanks for keeping me fresh in the build up to Europeans along with afterwards and I’m excited to keep their support through the off season to keep my body in one piece through the high volume months.
But finally I really can’t thank Cath & Rob Midgeley & vigilance QA enough for the support. Along with obviously mum, dad & Laura. Without this power 5, I wouldn’t even have made it to the start line of 80% of these events, and I definitely wouldn’t have made it to the finish.
Fingers crossed I’ll stay injury free through winter & I’m excited to see what next year has to offer. Hopefully a mixture of hard miles, a full time programme and a new mindset will open more opportunities next season.
So stay posted for the winter blogs, that time we all love with bad weather, short daylight hours and dangerous conditions.
And if not. I’ll see you in New Zealand.
Meanwhile I’ll leave you with this: