I'll be honest though, this blog may be quite short in terms of race reporting. I haven't had much racing as I'd hoped this month, but I'll get onto that in a second. Let's talk about some racing. Teddies Relays, St Edwards School, Oxford. My last cross country race for my school...ever! (If you're wondering ... my school is The Coopers' Company and Coborn School). The Teddies Relays is a 2.7km cross country course around the grounds of St Edwards and at the end of each lap you hand over a baton and the fastest time wins. Simple.
I was first in my team to battle the course and I set off hard. I managed to fight for 3rd place and had a solid run. I felt pretty good and my fitness was up there, my average speed and heart rate was right where it should be. Great for the upcoming triathlon season. I was powering through the technical section, up the hills, along the flats keeping the leader in sight and at the same distance (which I should add was also a Coopers' team). However, coming into the home straight was where it really started to hurt. I'd been hurting for a bit, but this is where the pain really kicked in and I was overtaken by the group behind me to finish the leg in 6th place, but still keeping our team in a good position to finish high. The next three runners all ran brilliantly and we finished just outside the top 10 in 11th place. The second Coopers' team won the event in style, with my mate Ben Davis bringing them home in his last race for Coopers' too. A brilliant way to end the cross country season!
However, when I was talking about the pain towards the end of the run, I wasn't talking about the pain from the effort. That's right, you guessed it, injury has hit me. This race was a bit of a trial to see how I would fair as I had to pull out of the Bedford Autodrome Duathlon. To keep it short and sweet, a weakness in my left side has been putting pressure on my ITB and where it joins the knee is a bursa sack and that's where the pain/agony is coming from. I cannot thank my physio Gary from Excel Physiotherapy enough for all his work, the acupuncture, the strappings, you name it. He's been awesome and hopefully in a week or two I shall be back running. Thankfully, I've still been able to swim and bike so these last few days have been perfect for getting some miles on the bicycle.
I'm also really happy to announce I have been selected to go to Aldbury for a day with Ashmei. If you haven't heard of them they are a premium sportswear company who produce some top quality kit. Click the link below to check them out. I am very lucky to have been selected to go on this day as it's the final stage of their ambassador process. I am excited for this #bigdayashmei. It should be a really good chance to meet fellow athletes and the creators of the company and see what we can potentially offer each other.
If all goes well my next race is scheduled to be the British Duathlon Championships on 9th April. I've been waiting ages to start racing again so I'm excited to see what result I can put up on the board. Following that, the next big test for the early season racing will be Be Endurances' Storm the Castle Duathlon, the UK's Toughest Duathlon... not quite sure what I was thinking when I entered, but it'll be great fun!
A really big thank you to my sponsors and partners Pedal Potential, Swim Canary Wharf, Sam Farmer, The Body Therapy Company, Zone 3, Max Curle and Excel Physiotherapy for all their support and making all my training and racing possible.
See you on the start line.