The build up to Rio continues with my final hit out pre the games occurring in Hamburg on the weekend. It's possibly one of the best stops on the WTS Series and zee Germans love a good Triathlon and turnout in their thousands to watch the great spectacle us athletes try to put on! And what better way to spend a Saturday evening than watching dudes running around in there lycra at 6:52pm..
I was good enough for 5th on the day which has moved me up to 6th in the series! In the end I ran out of legs to have the kick to fight for the last podium spots, being dropped with 500m to go. That elusive WTS podium still awaits!! Though it was the start of the race that put me in this position being in contention from the get go being top 10 out of the water. With the streets of Hamburg resembling a slippery ice rink on the bike, being cautious was at the fore front of the mind. As the bike twisted and turned through the streets, with rain falling the deeper into the bike we went. To come away unscathed and with a solid hit out was a box ticked as the final push for Rio begins.
More important than the outcome was being able to deliver key processes under fatigue after a solid work load had been consumed pre race. A cliche statement though a very important part for me to execute to have success.
Hamburg also hosted the World Mixed Relay Championships on the Sunday, which I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to wear the green and gold and anchor the team! With Charlotte McShane leading, Jake Birtwhistle taking off second and Emma Jackson passing all the good team work off to me to finish! I was lucky enough to be put into the pressure situation of 6 nations fighting for the last podium spots after USA were well up the road. A situation I relish where you feel the weight of the rest of the team mates on your shoulders!
With a short 300m swim, it did little to split the 6 of us. The bike again did little to break any of the group up and the cat and mouse games began, though ultimately this was coming down to the last 1.6km run. I was confident in my ability to deliver if it did come down to a sprint as over the years I have been working with Paul Hallam, who myself and the Wizards use for the blue carpet project. A few key drills every week and having the vocabulary to change into some what of a sprinter under fatigue gave me confidence!
The pace was on and off though lifted with 500m to go. I sat and waited for that blue carpet, though went slightly early as a gap opened against the barriers and I took my chance! It paid off and I would win the sprint for silver..just!! Apologies to Jacko and Char who miss judged the pace I was clipping along at and with my big frame sent them flying to the deck as they tried to embrace for the big team hug..sorry!!
For now it's back to Vitoria-Gasteiz to finish off the last push to Rio. The build up has been challenging as you would expect though I'm very lucky to have a very supportive network in my corner who are always there if needed. Be sure to follow me on my social media outlets for final peeks into what I have been up to as Rio gets closer.
Thanks again to everyone who has sent me a message of support you are all very much apart of the journey too.
28 days to race day not that I'm counting or anything :)