• National Aquathlon Championships 2021 - Race Report by age group winner Katie Wright

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    The first thing I did on arrival, and by far the most important thing, was locate the toilets. When exiting the portaloos I felt rather smug as I noticed the long queue that had now formed, that I had managed to avoid by being on the toilet ball!

    Race Pack collected, it was time to familiarise myself with the course and start working on that nervous energy by picking out all the fast swimmers I'd recently competed with at open water swimming events throughout the year.

    Due to C-19, this Aquathlon was my first since Eastbourne (a year ago) so although I knew I was swim and run fit I hadn't actually put them together in a race environment for a while. I’m not sure my visualisation counts or the dreams where I’m Olympic Aquathlon Champion (no it’s not an Olympic event unfortunately).

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    Wetsuit pulled up to the waist I entered the transition area and located a good spot, next to a sign, for my shoes and race belt. As it turns out this was also the place that the British triathlon official decided to place himself while officiating the race - but I wouldn't find that out till later when I had to politely ask him to move so I could speedily put on my shoes.

    With five minutes to spare before the race briefing I downed my energy drink and started to notice that most people had their race belt around their waist already (ready to be hidden inside their wet suit during the swim). I made a last-minute decision to fetch my race belt from the transition area and placed it round my waist to match the other competitors - like I said it had been a year since my last Aquathlon and I was feeling a little rusty. I then realised no one else had both race numbers pinned to their belt (we were given 2?) After swiftly removing the second unnecessary race number I made my way to transition area, for the third time, for the pre-race briefing.

    30 seconds to go, we stood side-by-side with our toes touching the water. 20 seconds to go, we nervously edged millimetres forward. 10 seconds to go. Nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one. We ran and dived into the sea. The previously pancake flat ocean was now filled with arms legs and ferocious splashing.

    My fast start is not something I am known for. My strength is my stamina and my ability to maintain a consistent fast-ish pace throughout the whole swim - the longer the better. This being only 750m was going to be an interesting test for me.

    The swim route was an out and back around three buoys, against the current to begin with, coming back with the current behind us.

    At the turning point I was probably somewhere in the middle of the mass of arms and legs but I started to work my way through the field and exited the water in 14th place. 

    I had a speedy transition managing to make up another three places. 11th.

    The run route was two 2.2km laps of the prom - with a 300 meter lead in and lead off. I started to work my way further through the field, digging deep. It always feels like you aren't running very fast after you've swam even when you are. I chose not to wear a watch, as advised by my coach, because we feel I don't gain any benefits from doing so. So I had no idea how fast I was running my one job was to concentrate on catching, and going past each competitor one by one. The last kilometre I really had to grit my teeth against the pain. 

    Throughout the race marshals kept asking me to show my race number I assumed at the time this was because it had slipped around to the side. I'm yet to find a race belt that stays put. As I later discovered though (from my race photos) I actually had my race number on back to front.

    The final 300m I was praying I would make it across the line before I threw up or collapsed.

    Luckily I did, although I did spend five minutes rolling around on the floor just past the finish line. A kind marshal retrieved my race chip for me from around my ankle - I'm not sure I'd of remembered to return it otherwise.

    At this point I still didn't know my finish position. I was just super happy to have finished. My position was confirmed to me by my family, and double checked by another competitors mother on her iPad, once I had managed to pick myself back up. 7th Woman across the line, and most importantly 1st place 35-39 year old, making me National Aquathlon Champion 35-39 for 2021.

    It's been a challenging couple of years but this really was a dream come true.

    Next race is the world Aquathlon Championships in Spain next month. I'm excited already.

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    Posted by Aimee Garnett
  • 2021 World Triathlon Long Distance Championships - Race Report by bronze medallist Camille King

    Sundried Ambassador Triathlete Camille King

    For background: 

    • I live with my husband Rob near Southampton UK where we are raising our 3 children. I addition to being an athlete, I have my own business (Dare 2 Dream Fitness), which offers Personal Training
    • I’m part of Team GB in long distance triathlon
    • At the previous ITU World Championships in long distance triathlon in May 2019 (they were held in Pontevedra in Spain), I obtained a silver medal in my age group
    • I also took part in the famous IRONMAN World Championships in Kona Hawaii in October 2019 where I ranked 11th in my age group
    • Since then despite COVID, I still managed to take part in 6 multipsport (duathlons and triathlons) events in 2020 and 2021 prior to attending the World Triathlon Championships last weekend. I podiumed in all 6 events

    You can see my details sporting results on my website, where you can also find more information about my background.

    The Race: World Triathlon World Championship 2021:

    I took part on Sunday 12th September in the 2021 World Triathlon Long Distance Championships in Almere-Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Being part of Team GB, I was able to travel to The Netherlands despite the COVID restrictions.

    The race is a long distance triathlon and it took part in Almere, a suburb of Amsterdam. So all competitors have to cover:

    - 3.8km (2.4 miles) swim in the Weerwater

    - 180km (112 miles) cycling

    - 42.3km (26.2 miles) running (a marathon).

    You can find more details about the race here.

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    My Race Report:

    Unfortunately I manage to break my little toe 6 days before the race. Not an ideal preparation and I was doubting whether I should still even be on the start line. There was a high risk that I might not make it around the iron distance course.

    Nonetheless I decided to give it a try.

    The swim started at 8 am in the Weerwater lake in Almere. The morning was windy and it was causing the water to be pretty choppy. I tried to stay away from packs of swimmers to protect my fractured toe, as I knew from past experience that it’s easy to get accidentally battered by other competitors during the open water swim. The swim is usually my weakest of the 3 disciplines and I wasn’t too surprised when I came out of the water in 1h14.

    I then hoped onto my bike to tackle the 180 km cycling course. The course is flat and fast and goes through the Dutch dykes and beautiful landscapes. I was feeling quite strong on the bike and really enjoying the course. I managed to get around the bike course in 5h12.

    Now onto the run course for the marathon. I focused on ignoring the pain in my right foot resulting from running on a fractured bone, and got on with the task at hand, 6 laps of a 7 km loop around the Weerwater lake. I shuffled my way around the course completing a 3h36 marathon, for a total race time of 10h10min57sec.

    Only 15 seconds behind American Monika Poveda and 77 seconds behind first place. Such a close podium!

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    Posted by Aimee Garnett
  • Leeds British Championships - Race Report by Will Grace

    Sundried Ambassador Triathlete Racing Cycling Triathlon

    The 4 am alarm never gets easier, but a strong coffee and breakfast down I was ready to get going to the event village. After finding my way through the road closures I soon found myself having my temperature taken, no Covid, time to race!

    Down to transition and I was amazed at the size of the field both in terms of the level of competition, with a few familiar faces and the fact transition filled a cricket pitch! Bike racked and kit laid out, it was time for one last toilet stop before the wet-suit goes on.

    Whilst walking down to the swim the nerves began to build and so I tried to focus on all the training and hard work I had put in for the build to the race. Practising the art of putting that chimp back in his box and only letting him out a little at a time. The U20s and 20-24 AG were off and it was our turn to walk down the blue carpet which was later to be graced by LCB..

    Although not a mass swim start, competitors lined up and followed each other in, meaning the start was still a fury of white water. Adrenalin pumping and I was off onto the swim, after a few hundred meters I was able to get into a rhythm and I found myself making my way through the pack and the younger AGs. Out of the water with 20:00 1500m swim (although my watch said 19:58..), and in to the long T1. Wet-suit off and lid on, time to cycle.

    The bike course was tougher than expected with a few undulating hills and a long uphill slog to start with. Lap one done and I was feeling ok on the bike, but was aware of a previous European Rival chasing me down. Aware he is a very strong cyclist I focused on my race and held consistent in the second lap. I completed the 36.2 km bike course in 57:31, which I was relatively happy with.

    Into T2 and it was time for my strongest leg. The run course was on mixed terrain with gravel tracks and grass sections with a few little kickers to raise the heart rate. Onto the final lap and I overheard that two people were in front of me, unaware if they were in my AG or not I dug deep to catch them, overtaking the lead runner on the final turn before the gladiator style travellator to the finish. Imagining I was being chased by the Wolf, I drove the legs up the final climb putting a gap between myself and the guy behind. I was the first finisher across the line with a 34:35 minute 10k, which I am very happy with.

    Final results came through and chuffed to take the win in the 25-29 AG out of 98 athletes, and even happier coming second overall out of a field of 1209 (losing out to a very strong cyclist).

    Overall, it was a very successful day at the races and has left me thinking on what I need to do now to take up to the next level (ideas welcome!).

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    Posted by Aimee Garnett
  • Pembrey Duathlon Test Event 2020 Race Report

    Pembrey Triathlon 2020 Race Report Sundried

    Sunday 6th September. The new normal. British Triathlon had given permission to Welsh Triathlon to put on an event, with strict guidance under Covid-19 rules.

    It was very different to normal, but it was absolutely amazing to be racing again! Face masks, separate car parks, and 5-second interval timings at the start, but it worked perfectly.

    It was held at the Pembrey motor circuit, where the closed-road bike circuit is also held. The event took the form of an off-road duathlon and started with a tricky 5k run consisting of 4 laps.

    It was then straight into the technical bike course. Some parts of the course were tricky with a technical descent and of course a hill (this is Wales!) 10 laps of the bike course made up the distance on this sprint distance of 17.5km bike. The hill seemed to go well for the first 7-8 laps but the last two stung!

    Straight back in for a super transition starting off the final two laps of the off-road 2.5km run.

    This race was all about seeing how the lockdown training had gone and also overall fitness. Whatever has happened since March has clearly worked with an overall race PB, and an individual 1km run PB. I have to say I wasn’t expecting that but am one happy chap!

    As always, I’m extremely happy to fly the flag for Sundried. The trisuit felt so comfortable racing!

    About the author: Andrew Jones is a triathlete and Sundried ambassador.

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  • New Year's Day Triathlon Edinburgh Race Report

    new year's day triathlon Edinburgh race report poem

    The New Year's Day Triathlon in Edinburgh is a very special event. It consists of a 400m swim in the Commonwealth pool, followed by 3 hilly bike laps of Arthur’s Seat, and finishes with a 5km road run through the historic streets of Edinburgh. Given the location, the weather is often pretty ‘bracing’. The event starts around midday giving plenty of time for people to wake up!

    Sundried sponsored athlete Alice Hector has written a fantastic race report in the form of a poem.

    Edinburgh New Year's Day

    The First of Jan, it's New Year’s Day,

    A lovely time for rest and play.

    Maybe extended time in bed,

    Nursing a touch of ‘tender head’.

    A big roast lunch, a laze around,

    Watching some old film you found.

     

    But there’s a certain type of fool,

    Who likes to go against these rules.

    They think, “oh, what a good idea

    To do the opposite of beer,

    And do a tri at Arthur’s Seat

    To prove that we are totes elite”.

     

    These silly people, barely clad,

    Fight wind and cold and feeling bad.

    Swim some lengths, then rush outdoors

    And bike and run like Minotaurs.

    I was there, and I admit

    To being a certain breed of twit.

    We do this type of thing for FUN,

    Which lo, perplexes everyone.

     

    The wind was screaming “stop right here,

    You crazy athletes: disappear!”

    Triathletes are the hardy type

    And don’t give up without a fight

    And Mother Nature, raging round

    All but blew us to the ground.

    Swept one direction then the next

    Unwitting passers-by perplexed

    Whisp'ring as we grunted by,

    “bunch o eejits, tha’s no lie”.

    Crosswind here and crosswind there,

    Dummy out, this isn’t fair!

     

    Finish at last and joy of joys,

    I've beaten all but 5 fast boys.

    Twas bonus more than anything:

    To stay upright AND take the win.

    For my efforts I was given

    Haggis – big as any chicken.

    4 kilograms of meat and ‘stuff’

    Apt for being so mighty tough!

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