Date: Saturday 18th July 2015
Venue: Mallory Park, Leicestershire, England
Distances: Swim: 400m, Bike: 10km, Run: 2.5km
My first SuperSprint for a long time and it lived up to how I imagined it - fast and furious. It was an interesting course and at first I wasn't really pleased about it. A swim in a shallow lake and 5 laps on the bike of 2km each. A bit short I thought, however the run course looked good.
Arriving on the at the Race Circuit it was pretty windy. Luckily on the main straights however it was a crosswind which I preferred. Racking was simple as I didn't have to go through the process of restricting my gears thankfully. Once racked it was back to the car to keep warm out of the winds and have one of the most delicious energy bars by Zipvit.
After 15 minutes or so it was time to do my final warm up and get my wetsuit on ready for the race. Many of the field decided to swim without a wetsuit seeing as the temperature was 20C, but if its optional I will always wear a wetsuit even if it is only 400m. However, even though the water was 'clean' it was shallow. You could stand all the way around and much of the time was about 1.5m deep all the way round, making it impossible to see anything, not the bottom or even a pair of feet just in front of you. But I had a good swim, with a time of 5:12, coming out only about 30secs behind the leader.
Transition was as smooth as usual, getting the wetsuit off quickly and mounting the bike with ease. I had trouble putting my left shoe in, making me think I missed the second group on the road. I managed to get into a group of 3 and we worked well together, catching people and lapping a few. We dropped one at one point, but quickly caught another and worked all the way round keeping a good speed up around the whole course. There was a small hill in the lap which made us work harder with the downhill into the wind making that part surprisingly hard. We lost a bit more time on the group ahead and the leaders as they had a larger group than us and probably some stronger riders. I came in with a bike split of 16:43, my fastest ever 10km bike split for sure. But I knew in my group I had to at least beat them on the run. Being my strongest discipline I was confident I would.
Coming off the bike, my legs felt good. Probably the best they ever had done and I set off to try to at least catch one from the group ahead. Unfortunately they were just a bit too far ahead, but I did put a 40 second into one person in my group and over 2 minutes into the other on the 2.5km run course. Finishing in 32:16 it was a PB in the SuperSprint distance for by well over 2 minutes and definitely the fastest splits I have ever had.
Overall it was a good race and I personally had a very good race too. I was very happy to finish 12th and see the splits I had produced. The U20's Festival will be held at this venue in early September, so it was a good race to see the venue in preparation to this race.
Now it's time for a few days recovery and holiday before getting back into the next block of training.