After winning the British standard distance duathlon not only did I get a very pretty gold medal but I pre qualified for 2019 European and world championships for GB.
The next race was now the world championships in Denmark and my biggest race yet, actually the biggest duathlon you can enter only a 5 weeks to go.
I felt absolutely bang on it, and came home with a Gold medal and a 2018 World Champion. It didn’t come easy. The race consisted of a 10km Run, 40km bike and a final 5km run. At the end of the opening 10km I was 2mins down on 1st in 15th, I was running better than ever but those guys were just in a different league running, anyway I stayed focused and got to the bike feeling uncomfortable but good, loads of life left and ready to empty the tank. Once I got into my rhythm on the bike I was going through the field nicely and took first place around 20km in and started to try to build a gap, i couldn’t run as fast as the top lads at the start so probably wouldn’t have run with them at the end so needed some time.
I think I had about a 1.30 gap going into transition 2 but was very unfortunate to get stuck behind the back of the women’s race and just couldn’t get past running my bike back to the transition rack. That gap was now about 30secs going into the final 5km run. I didn’t have a lot left in that run after the effort I put in on the bike but did everything I could to keep the lead and could see second place taking huge chunks out of me every time I looked over my shoulder. It was very scary.
I’m so pleased to tell you that I came though the line in first place just 13s ahead and a beautiful gold world championship medal to bring home.
So many emotions leading up to it, in the race and when I crossed the line.
It was a truly incredible feeling!
2 weeks after I returned home I entered the 16mile hilly Bredon Hill time trail event (cycling) and took the course record and 1st place.
Thank you so much for your support. Next year I will arrive stronger again and have no doubt we’ll do it again!