Having picked up an injury earlier in the season that hampered my training Leeds Super Series youth was the one event I was determined to compete in. The week leading up to the event wasn't promising having had to attend A&E due to the pain in my hip. Despite this I traveled up to Leeds after school on Friday determined to start and finishing as my goal. I woke to a glorious Yorkshire summers morning, to say it was just raining would be an understatement. Registration opened at 5:30 am and whilst my race wasn't until 9:15 but I wanted to be there early so that if something went wrong I would have time to sort it out !
The swim was a pontoon start and one of the most aggressive and roughest open water I have experience, similar to being in a washing machine, it was fun though! I came out of the water into a 300m up hill run to T1, plenty of time to get to grips with my wetsuit.
I found the bike course a challenge, I was lacking some fitness and the pouring rain added to the difficulties especially on the dead turns, I kept shouting at the riders to slow down because I didn't want to be in a crash but I hit a white line in a dead turn and off I came, quite ironic as I was shouting at everyone else! Luckily only my pride was bruised, and I got back on my bike almost fighting off the marshals. I drove hard for the remainder of the ride catching up with the group that I lead into the turn!
Out of T2 and into the run, I didn't expect much success here, mentally I felt strong and just hoping that that physically I'd actually make it to the finish as my hips got worse as I concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other! I made it to the finish which I think is quite an achievement In it's self. I've had a lot of fun watching the elites race and cheering the rest of medwaytri, well done to everyone who competed the weekend was a great success!