Dambuster Triathlon GBR AG Qualification by Kimberley Morrison | Jun 22, 2013
When goals are achieved do you wonder how high to set the bar next?
2xOlympian and World Triathlon Champion..“The sky is the limit for you [Kim]” Michelle Dillon
I love it… Lets go!
Ben and I travelled up to Rutland Friday, battling with the London getaway traffic. We arrived whilst Registration was still open and settled into Barnsdale for the evening thanks to a recommendation by Kyle Follett. We met Kyle at registration and he looked very carm and relaxed… I knew I had to settle down so for me that meant an early diner with the family in Hambilton.
Race morning – The kind staff at Barnsdale delivered an athletes breakfast outside the door at 3.10am. 3 hours more rest time for me… given my diet excludes Gluten that breakfast wouldn’t of gone down well! The alarm went off and on race mornings I always reach for the phone and play The Script, ‘you can beat the clock!’
A very wet and windy transition, trainers covered and helmet sheltered under the race belt. The usual Bathmat and talc on the grass… oops I spilt it (not really, it’s a great marker to find your bike FAST!)
It was a beach start so I adapted my warm up; firstly a few build sprints to get the legs moving and the heart pumping. Then Perry and I went through some band work. Right ready to race! Outside spot with a clear view to the first Buoy…
‘I am Massive compared to everyone else’ That’s all I was thinking here….
I managed to pull away from the ‘washing machine’ and was 4th round the first Buoy. I had a drafter on my hip but was happy with the pace and the rhythm of the swimmers arm movement so continued to let her draft and kept pushing forward. I then found myself in the ‘sweet spot’ and stayed with the pace. Final Buoy, or so I thought, a group of us turned early and swam off approx 50m in the wrong direction. Aggression kicked in a I swam away from the pack to get back on track! I came out of the water shouting aggressively about the swimmers that took and early turn…
I had a super quick T1 and heard Perry shout ‘Don’t get stressed’ as I mounted my bike for the 42km.
I built into the pace and smashed 10min off my race time back in March on the bike leg.
Onto the run… Was I in a qualifying spot? Was I on the pace? Too many questions so I remained carm and focused on my technique. I built into the run and it was certainly challenging. I had a sprint finish in me and crossed the line knowing I had pushed extremely hard but was it enough?
I knew I gave 110% and the mix up on the swim made me doubt any chance of London qualification. I went for my warm down and had a half smile… I raced hard what more could I ask of myself?
I came back to met my family, Kyle and coach Perry. All were very quiet and Perry handed me my splits and I was silent
… 4th in my age group so qualified for GBR in the World Triathlon Championships in September 2013 and qualified for the European Championships in The Summer of 2014 in Kitzbuhel, and a PB on the run!
What a difference a Year makes, I absolutely love the support and racing for Team Dillon. Another Chapter to come…