Ashbourne National Dualthlon Championships

The 2007 Ashbourne Duathlon is based at Carsington Water, Derbyshire. The event is raced over the 12K-40K-4K distances it is one of the most popular yet toughest Duathlon events in the country and attracts top athletes such as Tim Don and Catriona Morrison both world champions in triathlon and duathlon. The race was an early start on Saturday morning so it was early to bed for me the night before. I woke up at 5.30am had a shower and some porridge then mum came to pick me and we headed over to Ashbourne. Training has been going well so I was interested to see how the race would go. The morning was sunny with a chilly wind and luckily it was dry. There were 320 competitors split in to 4 waves. The male and female elites were off first at 7.55am. I was pretty nervous but it was exciting to be on the start line with Catriona Morrison and Tim Dom. The first run was 12k over an undulating route around the reservoir. I followed the advice given by my coach which was not to go off too hard on the first run. My split time was 54.39 I would have liked to have gone faster but felt good into T1 and ready for a strong bike. After practicing my transition in the week it went smoothly and I managed to make up one place in T1. It took a couple of miles on the bike to get my legs working properly after the hilly run but I soon relaxed and began to push on. I over took 2 girls within the first 6miles so I knew I was in for a good bike leg. The route was 1 loop that took us through the peak district, all though I didn’t get much chance to check out the breath taking views. The course was undulating with long up hills and fast descents I got the 4th fastest bike split out of the female competitors finishing the 40k loop in 1.20.33secs. Coming into T2 spinning my legs ready for the next run my second transition was certainly not as swift as the first. The second run was a flat out and back route which was said to be fast, well it wasn’t as fast as it looked as there was a strong side wind and my legs began to feel tired pretty quick. Coming in to the finish line I managed a little sprint to end the race strong. The results were already up as I crossed the finish line finishing 5th place in the elite category and 1st in my age group. Finishing in a time of 2.33.03 and 129th overall I was very pleased and am looking forward to competing in my first triathlon of the season at Wilmslow on the 13th May. I would also like to mention that after the race I managed to get a photograph with Tim Don…nice! Tim Don and me!
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