Leeds was your typical English race, wet, windy and cold. The day began with an early start as we had to be lined up on the pontoon by 9:30. I arrived at Roundhay park at 7:00 which was a tough ask considering I didn't arrive to my hotel until 11:30 on the Friday evening because of school. When the heart beat music began I was so nervous but there was no time for that as 'on your marks' followed seconds after. My swim didn't go as well as I would have liked. I was so cold and so small that I couldn't mark my territory from the bigger girls so I got bashed about quite a bit. It was the most brutal swim since I began triathlon. Much like being swung about on a rollercoaster. Arms were literally flying everywhere!
I came out the swim at the back but with a long run up to T1 I managed to make up a few places. T1 went really well and I was soon on to her the bike. As soon as I mounted my bike I had to make it up a steep hill. Others would moan at this but I love hills and it gave me another opportunity to gain a few places. I wasn't in a specific bike packs during the ride but jumping from one group to another. The bike course was wet with lots of turns which made it very technical which I liked. Deans dead turn practise came into great use! By the end of the bike I was in 14th.
My legs were feeling it though and I wasn't able to make up any more places on the run but I managed to hold my position. The run was very hard as half was going up a really steep hill and the other was going down a slippery, wet, mud track. Overall I was very surprised with my performance as I wasn't feeling on top form after battling a cold for a few weeks and having missed training sessions due to exams, so the outcome was very good.
But this nearly all changed as I lost my number in T1 because of the wet conditions. I then got told that I could be Dq'd which was the worst feeling ever. I explained to the official that the numbers were quite flimsy (and we are in 'England'). Looking around lots of people were In the same position so I got away with it- luckily!
It was great to have a whole team of Medway Tri at Leeds and everyone did so well and there was great encouragement all round.