This weekend saw the 2017 AG Bell London Triathlon take over the streets of London. It’s an event I’ve raced several times, I’m always been drawn to it because of the competitiveness of the racing and the brilliant support you get from the crowds. It’s billed as the largest triathlon in the world! When you arrive at the transition area inside the ExCel Centre in North London you can see why – there are rows upon rows of bikes racked up and ready to go for the vast number of competitors taking part in the triathlon over the weekend.
Us elites were off at 2pm on the Sunday. Weather looked promising; not too cold or hot, dry and calm. 2012 Olympian Lucy Hall and Australian athlete Tamsyn Moana-Veale were among the competitors. The race started in the water at the London docklands, a messy affair with a lot of flailing arms and legs. I got off to a poor start which meant I swam most of the 1500m solo, coming out of the water 60s down on the lead – which meant I had some chasing to do on the bike! Moana-Veale and I joined forces on the first lap of the bike and worked well together to chase down the leader Lucy Hall. By the third lap of four we had caught Hall up, the three of us continued working hard to ensure we were going into the run with a lead on the chasing pack. By the end of the 40km bike leg we had stretched the lead out to 3 minutes on the chase pack, which gave us a nice cushion to start the run with. The wind started to pick up which meant the three of us had to work together to the run, rotating at the front sharing out the work. This didn’t however last long, after running nearly three laps with the girls I decided to push it on with one mile to go and make a break away. I knew by how I felt I could take the win at this point. In training I practice moments like this, so I knew I was capable of it with how I was feeling. Once I went for it I couldn’t hear anyone coming with me, I stayed focussed, ran strong and aimed for the finish. Once I entered the ExCel where you loop round into the finish I could hear the support from the crowd which hugely helped. It was a great day out securing the win in font of home crowds in London.
Now I plan to get my head down for a solid block of training leading in to the final few races of the season. Next up for me is the World Triathlon Series in Stockholm on August 27th – a really cool city with a challenging course. The swim will be choppy, the bike is technical (covered in cobbles), which finishes with an undulating run – time to get some serious milage banked!