Blithfield Triathlon - Daniel Dawe

"Having completed 65km worth of running a week before at the Adidas Thunder Run, I was coming into this Olympic Distance race on already tired legs. But as usual I was looking forward to it and for the first time this season it was forecast to be sunny – no rain!"

"After watching the Sprint Distance wave set off, we all had a nervous 20 minute wait till our race began. With 5 minutes to go we headed in the freezing water of the reservoir. The horn soon went and the washing machine started! It took me a while to get into some clear space and get my rhythm going, but I was soon swimming on someone’s feet and managed to stay with them for the 2 lap swim.

Out of the swim there was a cheeky hill leading into T1 but everything went smoothly and I was out on the bike ready to put the hammer down. It was a rolling 2 lap course and I was feeling quite strong and gaining a lot of places. I finished the first 20km lap in a split time of 33 minutes. I knew this was quite quick for me and I wanted to save the legs for the run so on the 2nd lap I tried holding back a bit and ended up finishing the bike leg in a time of 1 hour 10 minutes.

Off the bike and into the run it became clear that after all the running I had done the week before, and the relatively quick bike leg, I didn’t have much left in the legs. I focused on keeping a high leg turnover and instead of trying to gain places like I normally do, I focused on not getting dropped by anyone. Unfortunately I ran my slowest (by far!) 10km of the season in 44 minutes but despite this I managed to finish 2nd in my Age Group which was a nice surprise.

Having some time off now to let the legs recover and recharge the batteries. I plan to spend some time with the family and start preparing for my change of career and starting University!"

- Daniel Dawe