4th at Challenge Salou
A quick Easyjet flight out on the Friday back the Sunday..
Thank you www.fierlan.com for the very unique race kit!
I was due an easy week before Challenge Salou as my training had consisted of volume and intensity in previous weeks. We therefore popped this extra race into the calendar last minute for the enjoyment and excitement of racing..
We chose a quick flight in and out and Ben and I travelled late on the Friday. We arrived to the ‘Disney World’ equivalent in Spain. Lots of excited kids enjoying being up at midnight in the hotel entrance and bar. We ordered a quick ‘bitesize’ sandwich and got to bed, not forgetting my pre race essential of getting the tyres pumped up to check no overnight deflation!
Saturday was full of getting ready to race and more often than not it is the same at most races:
- Register and explain that I race in my maiden name
- Swim recce/ Bike recce (the amateur in me thought it would be ok to ride on the highway, not the case and the bike recce was abandoned!)
- Bike checked in along with bike bag (which includes helmet and race belt)
- Run bag checked in including Torq gels and my GARMIN (just to ensure I don’t run too slowly!)
- Pre race diner.. always rice and fish with a glass of vino. Lovely to share this with Rob and Susie, we had a very relaxed evening..
Race morning the alarm was set for 4.45am and as I came out of a dream where Mum was telling me to ‘pull myself together’ after I was moaning about being tired.. I got myself up enjoyed my usual pre race breakfast and we were out the door and first to transition. The wind was strong and barriers were being blown down. The sea was choppy, very choppy and I was prepared to use my skills from swimming in the North Sea!
The race canon soon fired and we were off.. the swim was tricky and I got my head down and relaxed into the chop! I exited the water with Susie Cheetham (a fantastic British athlete that I admire) and we headed out on the bikes together over a minute down on the lead women. We caught the lead women at about 15/20km and took the lead between us. The highway was flat and fast with strong winds. 88km later and Susie and I arrived in T2 with a good 5minute gap on the rest of the women’s Pro field. The run was 4xloops along the beach which was really well supported by spectators. I ran the first lap on target and the run was looking OK today.. laps 2/3 I had lost that 5minute gap and I was down to 3rd. Before I knew it I was then back in 4th very disappointed but my run was just not quick enough! Congratulations Susie on the dominating Win
I have a fresh look now on Ironman70.3 Staffordshire which is on the 12th June.. I am sure I will be in and amongst great company and I am excited to get out there and race!
Thank you Challenge Salou and all the team.. an enjoyable race and the Video footage gives a perfect account of the day..
Check it out here: