I needed to do well in this race as the top 3 from each age group make up the Southwest Region Team for the U20 British Triathlon Festival at Mallory Park later in the year.
The first part of the race was the 400m open water swim in the lake at Bowood followed by the uphill run to the bike transition area. Coming into Bike transition there was nothing between me and my team mate from last year’s South West Team.
In the 3 lap 9km bike we decided to work together taking it in turns to lead whilst the other rested a little and drafted. This meant we both knew it was going to come down to the run who actually won the race. After the 1st lap we had a 30 second lead on 3rd and 4th place who were well clear of the rest of the competitors. The girls in 3rd and 4th worked very hard over the next two laps and closed our lead down to 5 seconds as we entered transition to drop off the bikes and start the 2.5km run. So it was a 4 horse race for the 3 places on the team as well all left transition together for the run.
This when we found out that working together had given us an advantage we had a little more left in the tank and we managed to open up the gap again to 20 seconds as we came into the last 200 metres of the race. At this point we knew it was between the two of us for who was going to get the honours of South West Open Water Champion and take the lead place in the regional team. We both went for the line and I managed to inch across first with 2nd place coming in two seconds behind me.
It was a great feeling to win this race after the last couple not going so well. It also meant that I have made the regional team for the third time in 3 years. When I looked at my finish time 37.43 I found out I was 9th fastest of the combined 56 girl / boy line up and I had set the fastest TS3 girls finish time of the last 5 years of this event at Bowood. It also meant that I have finished 3rd in the Regional Championships for 2017.
Sunday saw me doing my last 1hr training swim in the sea at Weymouth with some practicing jumping in from the boat and getting back on board whilst it is moving. Next week we do our night swim practice as it is likely that we will start the channel swim in the early hours. Then it is the day we have all been looking forward to as a team the actual relay channel crossing, I will update you once we have done this in just over a weeks time, weather permitting!