Link to pre race interview
I had a great opportunity for a little interview with the BTF team before the Dextro London start which was a really great buzz. Mike had already headed down for his start at this stage, but I had this thing buzzing in my head that I hadn’t racked in the right place. Sure enough a quick jog back and I noticed my bike was all on its own in an area where every one else was clearly out on the bike already. A quick check with the race officials and I had clearly been in my own world and not noticed you had to disregard the first digit on your bike number or something strange… Anyway I ended up having to reposition and re learn my spot with 20 mins to go, not a great preparation, but got over that! As I thought I felt “loaded” from training in the swim and and on each discipline opened up with slowish first laps and really low heart rates, but by the end I was lapping the fastest on bike and run of overall women so hoping the Kona prep is kicking in! Delighted with my run and overall quite content with my race. It’s a wierd one, like a time trial you just have to hope you have won at the end. As I am accustomed to being 2nd [alot!] and I was well beaten by Parys… [who I attribute my rehab from PF to by the way, [top tip, stand in literally dustbins full of ice 3 times a day for 18 months!], trust me it eventually works]] I was more than satisfied. Parys put in an excellent performance and particularly on the bike leg – very impressive. It was an honour to be out on the course and get a taste of what next year will bring. London is a race not to be missed and will showcase our sport around the World. I hear that a bid has been launched as the Age group Worlds venue in 2013 which would be amazing. It’ll be tough to qualify that’s for sure as all the Age group talent will be out in force.
The Dextro Energy London race delivered in spades as ever. It’s like a potted trip to the World Age group champs right on your door step. After racing we got a quick trip into the VIP area and some really posh food, and then a slightly less than VIP shower but the on site showers did the job well to get you sorted to enjoy the Pro Mens race. Mike and I rejoined our family contingent in the main stand [not covered like posh VIP!] and enjoyed the fantastic spectacle of Alistair taking it out and putting out the team GBR marker just as Helen did on the saturday. Unfortunately the heavens opened totally on the last lap of the day, should have stayed in VIP!!!, anyway a very soggy Whitworth contingent eventually got back to the car with all of our well muddy kit.
The place is going to go wild next year at London 2012 and it will be great to soon be part of the greatest show on earth as a spectator and of course doing my day job. All aspects are inspiring me into my final build into Ford Ironman World Championships