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Mallory 1- British super series

This was the second last race of the British super series, the last one being the grand final. This race was at the Mallory park racing circuit, which meant a fast and technical bike.

I travelled down to Leicester in the coach that Triathlon Scotland had kindly provided us with so we could travel as a team. It was good fun going down with friends and staying with friends, as Tri Scotland also organised a hotel for us. Thank you to them.

On the Tuesday there was the individual race and on the Wednesday there was there relay. I was the only youth that had travelled down with the team so I took the minivan with 2 coaches as my race was earlier. I arrived, registered and did a small. However, once transition opened we were on a tight schedule so it was very hectic. We had to prepare our transition, do a course recce, get into our wetsuits and stay warm. I managed to arrive at the start on time and somewhat prepared, although i was a bit stressed. In the warm up pen I had a wee chat with some of the other boys and then we were called into the water. I was called in second and had planned to go to the outside but I decided to go in the middle, which proved a bad decision. When the gun went it was very physical and I was caught up in the ‘washing machine’ effect. I was bashed about quite a bit, being in the younger half and not being big for my age. I came out of the water in about 8th.

I lost a couple of places in transition due to making a few mistakes because I was forced to work so hard in the swim. The bike was very technical with 12 dead turns in 10km and lots of other tight corners. I was just off the front pack coming out of transition and fell back to a chasing pack just behind with my friend Charlie in it. He would eventually make it to the front pack as he is technically excellent but I rode with him for a bit, and after one corner where I had lost a wee bit even waited for me! So thanks to him for helping out, even I though he was stronger than me that day. I lost more time due to my poor handling skills and weak legs that day, and came into T2 in about 30th-25th. I was pretty unmotivated on the run but still tried hard and managed to catch about 10 people to come in 18th, so my run was still ok. I could see that I was catching Charlie in the last 500m and sprinted to catch him but just couldn’t, so he came 16th, a few seconds in front. I think that it was fair that he bet me. I didn’t have a good race, but it was still a very useful experience, as it made me realise that I needed to work on my bike handling, and to start out wide. After talking to my coach I also worked out how to have a better race when I am not felling so good, so it was a productive day.

The next day was the relay event. My team was in the first wave since we were a younger team. I was taking the last leg and in front of me were Maisie, Callum and Isla, who did a great job and Isla managed to hand over in 3rd! I chased down the first 2 teams in the swim and we came onto the bike together. Myself and one other boy broke away from the 3rd boy so it came down to a 2 up run race. Unfortunately I just wasn’t as fast a the other boy, who was 2 years older and my team came away with second in our heat and 14th overall. Alex Yee- the olympic silver and gold medallist even came to watch and we managed to get a picture with him. It was a great weekend with lots learnt and taken away to work on for school games.

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