Anyone who knows me knows I didn’t race much last year at all due to injury, well I raced once! That race qualified me for the ETU Sprint champs in Strathclyde Park this August so I figured I’d better race more than once this year if possible. So what better a warm up race than Scottish Sprint Champs
Racing and indeed training has been in short supply in recent years but 2018 was to be the year of the comeback! Old family friends had been pestering us to visit for some time so why no combine it with a triathlon, that’s how we found ourselves more than a little under-trained and at the most southerly British triathlon.
Balbirnie House Duathlon, organised by Glenrothes Triathlon Club is one of those races that is a bit out of the ordinary……
I am much more comfortable pulling a race to pieces, but this one just went really well for me….
It had been quite few years since my last marathon and I was getting more and more eager to run one again. Stirling marathon seemed perfect for it – close by, low key and at a good time. I signed up early in September and was really excited about it for months. My training was going well, especially my running. I was quite confident I could go under my target time of 3.15, possibly even under 3.10.
First race of the year was the Tranent sprint on the 29th April – delayed from the rubbish weather at the end of March.
The Brutal Extreme Tri
The Brutal had been on my radar for a few years ever since stumbling across a TV programme late one night about an ex Welsh rugby player who was doing it but I had been putting it off as too hard or too far away or too something. Recent years has seen it gather some media attention, particularly in 220 Magazine and so earlier this year I decided that the time for procrastinating was over and took the plunge one evening and pressed “Enter”.
Thorpe Park Sprint
Over the past few months it’s been a bit quiet for me compared to the start of the season as I decided to race less and train more in order to try to get fitter, improve my swimming and running and have a crack at qualifying for the 2018 Sprint Distance European Championships in Glasgow.
Cairngorm Adventure Triathlon
Based at Loch Morlich near Aviemore, this event is roughly 3km open canoe (teams of 2), 25km mountain bike and 5km trail run, with the promise of a “useful item” and a burger at the end. I’ve been keen to take part for years but the 240 places sell out fast so this was my first time and it lived up to all expectations (friendly people, dodgy weather, mud, useful mug).
Ali Rainey – The Vitruvian
I was really looking forward to this race and a bit nervous …my first middle distance event. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the step up in distance. I’d originally been aiming for Edinburgh 70.3, but had to pull out, so I was glad when Jen suggested a group of us should go down to do vitruvian.