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.