FGP D2 Metz

FGP D2 Metz

After some thought I decided I would race this weekend at the French Grand Prix D2 race in Metz. I’ve been struggling with a soleus injury on and off since April. My decision was made easier when I knew the team were struggling for athletes. Some people may think I was mad to go and race so soon after an injury, having only started running two weeks ago. My thoughts were, it was only a sprint distance triathlon and I’d swim bike hard and not go mad on the run. Simple!

Unfortunately it was only a short trip to France. Arriving Saturday afternoon then travelling from Paris to Metz, which meant we didn't arrive until gone 9pm. We went straight out for a meal with the team, built my bike up in the hotel corridor and then bed by 12.00.

The race didn't start until 10.30am Sunday morning, we got there early to ride the bike route and I'm glad we did as it was quite technical. 5 lap circuit for 20k!

Warming up in the lake wasn't so nice, wadding through cig buts, rubbish and god knows what else, it wasn't very inviting! My first thought was coke when I finish! It was a non wetsuit swim, it was fairly cold lining up for the start, but the lake was pretty warm.   

My swim went well, a little bit of tug of war at the beginning but nothing major. Exiting the water with around 40 sec gap, after a long run up to transition i think that time gap decreased slightly!

I decided to hammer it on the bike and try increase my lead .As the bike course was technical i'd already decided i didn’t want to be in a pack, although I did start to lap other athletes which was causing me a few problems. I managed to increase my lead from 40secs to around 2mins, I must have lost 10 or more seconds in T2 with a shocker transition! The 2 min lead meant I could ease it back on the run and go on to win, to my surprise!

Now to try cram some running training in before Geneva in July.

Jess x 

Posted on Monday 30th June 2014

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