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National long distance title

A few weeks ago I raced one of two of my main races for this season, at Bala middle distance triathlon in north Wales. I'd had it on my radar for a few seasons and had heard so many good things about the course, race and area around it. So this year, with a shift in focus to UK races and the credit crunch everyone seems to be talking about, I was all set for a weekend in Wales. Bala tri bike turnaround point Good swim, decent bike and tough run Swim 2000m - 33:53, Bike 50 miles - 2:32:03, Run 21km - 1:27:18 The course is really stunning as well as providing a nice challenge for us southerners, being set deep in Snowdonia. I enjoyed the swim, getting out in a relatively good position with one of my athletes enjoying a nice draft on my feet for the last 400m :-). The bike was an absolute joy, with Rob's borrowed Xentis wheels (and my legs) my Stealth seemed to propel itself quite happily at a cruising speed 21mph+ along the flat sections of the course. Obviously the descents were FAST! Both T1 & T2 went smoothly and felt almost professional for once (sub 1 minute)... Saving the best until last was the lovely out and back run skirting the lake innocently enough before climbing nicely for about 2 miles to the turnaround point. I was very relieved to be running back towards the finish once I'd moved through the field on the bike and first half of the run to secure a podium place. Overall 3rd female in 4:35:12 and winner of National Long distance title F35-39 Not a PB but I was happy with a solid performance on this particular day! It's not always about winning, sometimes just doing the best you can on days when you feel pretty cr*p rates just as well ;-) Will check in again from the alps next week sometime, with progress on Training camp #2 and the Tour de France stages 16&17 Fi Bala run course

15 July 2009


  • Geoff D

    Splendid achievement, Fi, getting a National LD title!

  • Robbo

    Thanks for the heads-up Beth. Long way to go for a 25m TT for us but might work as part of a longer training ride in preparation for Eireman... WIll be in touch and thanks

  • beth

    sorry to hijack your blog put just wanted to say time is running out for your timetrial guys and girls to enter the doncaster wheelers 25mile TT on the 9th Aug it's on the 025/13 and there is a great prize list, event details are in the handbook but please feel free to call or email me for more details (or visit the DWCC website/forum) Thanks for your time Beth 07979246423 [email protected]

  • Robyn Ford

    Fantastic effort Fi.

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