One of the hardest things to deal with in this sport is disappointment when a race goes wrong after so much time and energy preparing for it, but ultimately this is all part of sport and picking yourself up, learning from it and moving on in a positive manner is how you will ultimately produce that big performance you are looking for…
Mallorca 70.3 is the world’s biggest Triathlon with nearly 3500 starters and the level of competition is usually very high with a lot of top AG from all over Europe converging on this amazing race venue. It turned out to be a weekend of Mixed fortunes for TTT athletes with PB’s and some real bad luck. It started badly for John Robb with a mystery illness leading up to the event so he was happy to get round on the day and Claire Riding suffered a mechanical at the top of the climb leading to a 55 minute wait for a mechanic to arrive but she turned it round and had a strong run leaving her best miles until the end which was her race plan so well done to both of these for getting it done. Scott Welsby is showing signs of good form whilst also dealing with another mystery illness giving him asthma type symptoms on the run but still placing 7th in his AG which is amazing at such a big event and it has affected his build up significantly of the last few months.
Tim Riding produced one of the results of the day with a huge PB in the event which he has now done many times beating his previous best on the swim, run and overall by some margin and setting a new run PB for the distance – well done Tim.
Possibly the biggest success and well done goes to Neil Pirie racing his first ever triathlon in the 60-64 category. Neil came to us from a point of experience where swimming a few lengths would be all he could manage. He has gone from Zero to Hero in our eyes completing this very tough course within the cut off times which, in his words, “was all I set out to do – any finish is a finish”. Neil had the help of his son who paced him round the course making sure he made all the cut offs – So happy for you Neil.
And finally in reference to the opening paragraph, Tom Garbett’s day went from a very likely AG win or at very least 2nd place to a nightmare when he broke 2 spokes after the climb and had to limp back to T2 losing a lot of time on the way back with a heavily buckled front wheel. For such a young athlete to keep it together mentally and bounce back with the fastest run split in his AG to come 4th. Tom is one of our athletes who exemplifies commitment and has put himself through the mill this winter and it was such a shame to see it fall apart with a mechanical – I am 100% sure the big result is just around the corner now Tom!
Back at home this weekend more success continued with Cole Drews stepping on the podium at the ever competitive Wilmslow Sprint Tri, alongside 2 other top athletes. Great to see Cole continuing to improve and getting in the mix with these guys. The Same was replicated in the Women’s event with Charlie Edmondson taking 3rd place as well – brilliant result for all her hard work so far this year!
John Wallas was racing over in Peterborough in the Monster Mojo Middle Distance race, the opening middle distance race of the year in the UK. John went well with a 4th in his AG and 25th place overall, another great start to his season.
And away from Multisport 3 riders took part in the 50 mile TT on the Press circuit near Whitchurch. A very sporting course with 4 loops mixed between A roads and country lanes. A huge PB for Steve Holliman with a 2:14 and Will Turton right behind him with a 2:15. Claire Sutcliffe went 2:29
Recovery well everyone!
Next up in terms of big races for our athletes is Barcelona 70.3 this Sunday and the first big 70.3 in the UK of the year at Nottingham with the Outlaw Half – enjoy your taper if you are in these races!