The 25th of June was my final international race of this year, and what a way to finish!
Chateauroux is a lovely place, and it was very French! Little cafes lining the streets, shutters at every window and door, and narrow lanes that form a maze! I loved it!
The race venue was on the border of Chatearoux. The lake was a comfortable 23 degrees, so it was a non-wetsuit swim which I was happy about. Although the course was very different to normal! The first 600m was in the lake, then we had to run out of the lake and onto a min beach. After running around a barrier, we had to run back into the lake to complete the next 400m. I have no idea why that was included, but it changed it up a bit!
The run was 2 'T'-shaped loops (2.5k loops), so perfect to see whereabouts you were in the competition. I felt really good at the beginning of the run, and for once my chest wasn't tight from asthma. I could see my closest competitor in front of me, and my mum told me that she was 50 seconds ahead. So on the 2nd lap, I ran as hard as I could. By the time I crossed the line, I had caught up by 40 seconds and I had nothing left in me!
Thirty minutes later, I was standing on the podium in 3rd place receiving my bronze medal! I couldn't take the smile off my face! To make it even better, I found out that I got a 2 minute PB on the 5k run and the 9th fastest run of the whole day!
What a year it has been! If you had told me at the beginning of this year that I would be British Triathlon Champion, National Aquathlon Champion, 3rd in Europe for Aquathlon and 5th in Europe for Triathlon, I would have thought you were crazy! Not because I couldn't do it, but that I didn't believe I could. However, over these past 6 months, I have grown both physically and mentally, and I now know that I can achieve whatever I want.