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After months of hard training in Irish winter weather waiting for the season to begin I was starting to think would the weather ever shape up for my first race? Not really is the answer!
My first race I chose was Liam Ball Derry - it’s the best sprint tri by miles. A fast course for getting a great time; well organised and very safe! It was also my first ever triathlon when I was 16 so it’s close to my heart!
Shannon Connolly (my coach) and I had talked through my season plan and Liam Ball was my first race. So we planned my training for the coming months keeping in mind this was back in November so a long way to go until May 5th. Lots of long winter miles is traditional as most athletes know but it’s not all about quantity! Quality is key along with really good rest and great nutrition, all this put together can bring great results!
So the week of the race was finally here. Hard to believe after all them months, time to taper down with lots of rest, sleep and good food! I had 3 sessions left on this week just sharp and short and good recovery after. I was ready physically and mentally, the morning of a race there is not much else going through your mind other than the task at hand - 'Racing'
3 musts of getting ready 1.transition. 2.know the course. 3.warm up, once I was happy with transition set up I was off to race brief to make sure the course was the same and how many laps or turn points there were. A good warm up is key, I use rollers or turbo with a few mixed efforts and plenty of spinning!
Time to race:
I was off to a great start with a strong swim only 30 seconds off the first man. Out with a clean quick transition I was on the bike with two fellas up the road a bit. I had some work to do plus against a headwind. Within 2 mile I had caught them. Luckily I was leading the race. As I turned for home I noticed I hadn't shook off a few lads just yet, them being Stephen teeling lynch and Paul Carroll. We had an awesome tail wind back hitting speeds well over 30mph loving it.
All three of us were within 30sec entering T2 with another fast transition I was in off on my run in 2nd place, straight away I could feel my legs starting to cramp I had to stop for a seconds to stretch unfortunately but keeping an eye for who was closing. The 2nd lap of the run I started to loosen up and get into good form and could see the finish line.
Big smile and clinching fists where a must- I was very happy with my result! First race first podium position! Thanks everyone for the support and encouragement also a big thank you to my coach Shannon Connolly and Dig Deep Coaching, remember aim high and DIGDEEP :-)