2021 World Triathlon Long Distance Championships - Race Report by bronze medallist Camille King
- 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
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.
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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