National Triathlon Relay Championships, 24 August 2019

This weekend I competed at the Triathlon England National Triathlon Relay Championships. It was an early start, at 5am, however by the time we arrived I think I had finally woken up! The relay format was 4 per team, with a 500m swim, a 15km bike and a 5km run, with everybody swimming, then everybody cycling, followed by everyone running, which meant long rests between each discipline.

Being on third leg meant the swim wasn’t too crowded, so after wrestling my wetsuit on I headed down to the lake. After being tagged by my teammate I ran along the pontoon and dived in, the water was a good temperature, and after a slight goggle mishap I got into a good rhythm and before I knew it the finish was in sight.

After having a drink and a few snacks it was time to go and wait to start the bike. The course was three laps around the lake, very flat and traffic free, what a treat! I think I paced myself well, as I completed each lap in a similar time. It was a real boost every lap cycling past the rest of my club cheering me on, it was such a great atmosphere.

After finishing the bike leg the temperature started getting hotter, to almost 30 degrees, so before even starting the run I already felt hot and tired. The run course was one lap around the lake on the same path we had cycled on. I wasn’t feeling strong from the beginning, but I managed to get round in a disappointing time after being sick twice during the run.

Overall, it was a great day with a fantastic atmosphere, I really enjoyed the day and will definitely be returning next year to race again!

Izzy Bolland

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