ETU European Long Distance Duathlon Championships 2016
The European Long Distance Duathlon Championships was held in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2016. It was my second time representing Great Britain Age Group and I knew it would be a challenging race as it was my first season in the 20-24 age group category. There were only a few athletes competing against me but I was the youngest there.
I felt very strong for the first run. I was aiming for a sub 39 minute 10km as I didn't want to exhaust myself too much or get a build up of lactic acid. I kept my eye on a fellow British age grouper who I wanted to keep up with and in the end I set a new 10km PB of 37:45.
After a strong first run I knew I was in for a good race. I felt good with my heart rate fairly low for the intensity and speed I was at. The bike is always my time to attack and catch up on lost time. The course was very flat and I was able to average 40km/h for quite a lot of the first half of the 60km bike. I started to fatigue slightly in the second half of the bike with the high temperatures making conditions challenging. I still managed to finish strong with my fastest 60km bike split of 1:31:16.
By T2 I was in 4th position, but knew I could finish strong. The hot temperatures were definitely getting to everyone. I had started well with a high cadence and by the 5km point I had reached 3rd position. I just needed to maintain a seasonable pace to guarantee a place on the podium. I started to slow with 2km to go but hung on to 3rd place.
I am delighted to have gained a bronze medal in my first race in the 20-24 age group at the international stage.