So as usual I had a good start feeling strong on the first lap but was a bit bunged up and was producing a lot of flem, as a result my concentration slipped and the second run pack eased away from me the first run was 17:10 which still isn’t too bad.
I had a decent transition didn’t panic and made sure that everything was exactly where I wanted it to be for easy of access and so I had no problems there. My mount was also very good because I had 2 competitors crash right in front of me meaning I had to run past them before I jumped on my bike.
The bike was good and I felt strong, however the adult age groupers haven’t quite got the understanding and skill of the chaingang, they didn’t seam to want to co-operate with me in catching the pack in front as a result I did a lot of work on my own, and had to change my speed constantly as they couldn’t match my speed going through the corners, so I didn’t over exert myself. I kept drinking throughout the bike getting ready for the second run.
Just as we came onto the road to get into transition I put an attack in to give myself space to take my feet out of my shoes so that I didn’t have to fight for space in transition. My shoes had been knocked by one of the other athletes, but I didn’t panic, and stayed calm and got my shoes on before I began to attack the first part of the run.
I felt strong going out onto the second run with Gregor (one of the other Natural Ability athletes) just in sight, I was determined to try and catch him if possible so I started to push quite hard. As I got about 1/4 of the way through the lap I started to feel sick so grabbed some water and got it all of of my system, I continued to push chasing down the athletes in front of me.
The rest is a bit of a blur!!!
About half way round my legs began to become weak, and I felt dizzy, the next thing I knew I was being put in the recovery position by some incredible guys who gave up their race to help me. The paramedics arrived and conducted lots of tests on me, my temperature was down at a very low 30 degrees. I was given plenty of warm clothing but obviously my race was finished.
Following a trip to the doctors I was diagnosed with viral tonsillitis, pushing myself hard at the race whilst my body was fighting the virus, resulted in my body just not coping and shutting down. A few days on and I am physically fine so no lasting damage.
The next challenge is the Performance Assessment weekend, and the Super Series Duathlon this weekend (25th March) we have been working hard towards these two key events so I am hoping that the forced rest after my illness will have a positive affect on my performance.