On Saturday, I raced in the English National Aquathlon Championships in Leeds.
Although it wasn't my best race and the organisation of the race wasn't very good, the whole experience was really nice.
The swim was 750m in the Waterloo Lake of Roundhay Park. The start was totally new to me because we were asked to walk along the elite's pontoon and lower ourselves into the lake. So instead of a bunch start, we were all in a line holding onto the pontoon!
The run was set in the beautiful surroundings of Roundhay Park, and its typical that transition happened to be right at the bottom of a hill, like a valley, so instantly you knew that the run was guaranteed to have hills in it! For someone who stopped doing cross-country 2 years ago, I hated the run course! But, once I finished and reflected on the race, I actually quite enjoyed attacking the hills and by the second lap I was on a roll and found my stride.
I didn't know where I had come until the medal ceremony as there was no results, and as one of my friends had come first, I waited to see her get her medal.
While I was standing there eating my ice-cream (not really a good post-race snack but it was better than a burger!) my name was called out as the National Aquathlon Champion! I was totally shocked that it didn't even register until my dad took my ice-cream and told me to go and get my medal!
It felt so good to stand on the 1st place podium and Im so glad it didn't turn out like the British Triathlon Champs.
Within the space of 3 weeks, I have become the British Triathlon Champion and the National Aquathlon Champion, so roll on the European Champs... Im ready for you!!