Super Triathlon – Eton Dorney British Super Series

Super tri- Eton Dorney British Super series

On a scorching day in south England a sprint distance triathlon lay ahead. Due to the water temperature it was a non-wetsuit Swim which was our first experience at this distance without a wetsuit. As we got in the water rank order the carnage started with everyone trying to get a good position for the deep water start. After numerous attempts from the Marshall’s to get us in line with the boys they set us off.

The first 300m was like a Washington machine and I didn’t see anything apart from flailing legs and arms. Eventually after being beaten up several times the swim calmed down and the way back to the swim exit was much calmer. This is where both Forbes and myself started to take some places back, both our swims were poor and got out far behind the leaders. After a smooth T1 a massive group formed, up ahead was the front pack and a small chasing group meanwhile half the field was in our pack. After little communication and not much chasing, Forbes, Myself and one of the English boys tried a breakaway on the third lap of the bike. However, it was closed down straight away, we then conserved energy and tried to take on as much fluid for the run as possible. We positioned ourselves well going into T2 and got onto the run around 25th.

Then on the run Forbes started to feel a knee pain and eased off and lost some places due to this but still worked hard in the 27 degree heat. I held on for dear life in the first 2.5km to a group of 6, then after cooling down from the sprinklers the marshalls had kindly put on the course I picked it up with around 1km to go and managed to pass my group and catch a few others.

I finished in 15th and Forbes in 30th. Not the results we wanted but considering the weather just glad we didn’t over heat!

Jonny Jackson