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Thank you Dassi bikes – ITU World Triathlon London

31 May

On Saturday 31st May, Stu and I were delighted to be able to attend the ITU World Triathlon London, courtesy of Dassi bikes – Stuart was fortunate enough to win tickets from them.

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Stu and I celebrating his win © Dassi bikes

Stu spent quite a long time admiring the bikes on the stand and as Dassi is a local company (Hampshire-based), he is very tempted to purchase one of their bikes.


I have to say that the idea of a time trial bike better than a road bike with aerobars, but it’ll be a long time before I try either, no matter how sexy they look!

After we had a look around at the various stands, Stu and I made our way to the grandstand. We managed to get seats fairly near to the front, so we had a good view of the swim and were able to see the athletes as they cycled and ran past.

The men’s race

First up was the men’s warm up. As soon as Alistair Brownlee (in a blue Adidas jacket) appeared, there was a huge roar from the crowd.

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There were also cheers for Jonny Brownlee when he appeared.

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We also saw the other top athletes including Mario Mola and Javier Gomez, but to be honest, my photography skills aren’t great and with their almost identical black wetsuits and orange swimming hats, it’s not easy to tell any of the men apart!

Soon, all of the men were lined up on the pontoon, ready to dive in.


Then after the swim, it was onto the bike. I took lots of photos, but they’re not exciting enough to share here, so I’ll just include a few.

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Next it was T2 time.

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It wasn’t long before the triathletes were out running, with the usual suspects out in front.

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Sadly, it wasn’t the Brownlees’ day, and even Javier Gomez didn’t finish at the top, but the Brownlees were willing to be interviewed after the event.

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Here’s a write-up on the men’s event: http://www.220triathlon.com/news/mario-mola-sprints-to-wts-gold-in-hyde-park/8712.html

The women’s race

In my opinion, the women’s race was a far more exciting event. There were huge cheers as all of the women ran down to the pontoon.

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Katie Hursey was the first athlete out of the water…




Then it was transition time again. A group of 8 athletes managed to pull away first, with a chase pack about 20 seconds behind them. Unfortunately, Chelsey Burns took a tumble whilst cycling through the transition area, also taking out Anne Haug. Paramedics were rushing around everywhere and the cones were put out, but Chelsey managed to get up after the accident.

As the triathletes arrived in transition, the race started to get interesting.

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A group of women left transition at about the same time and it took a few hundred metres before Gwen Jorgensen managed to pass Alice Betto.

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Sarah Groff and Alice Betto stuck together, but Emma Jackson was giving chase.

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When Gwen Jorgensen appeared in the finishing straight she seemed to be miles ahead of the other women:

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Next up was Sarah Groff:

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…with Emma Jackson in hot pursuit.

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Alice Betto finished in fourth place.

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Jodie Stimpson managed an 11th place finish.

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Here’s a write up on the women’s event: http://www.220triathlon.com/news/gwen-jorgensen-storms-to-victory-in-london/8714.html

Overall, it was an amazing day out with a great atmosphere.

More SOAS kit and Stuart is a winner!

21 May

I’ve been so busy with work (and am still struggling with pain in my right arm/shoulder) that I’ve not managed to blog as much as I’d hoped this week.

There’s a massive sale on right now on the SOAS website, with items reduced by 30%, 40%… or if you’re built a little more solidly then 50%! I couldn’t resist ordering myself some more items as my SOAS tri shorts are the most comfortable shorts that I’ve ever worn on my bike. The only problem is that I love everything matching and it’s so hard to choose between all of the cute designs. The sale is on to make way for some of the new designs that are on their way. here’s a sneak peek:

New SOAS kit being made

New SOAS kit being made

Yesterday, I was meant to go Open Water Swimming, but as my shoulder is still so painful, I don’t want to exacerbate it by doing front crawl, so I did a turbo trainer session instead. It included some one-legged drills, which I found incredibly difficult. I was annoyed by this as I can usually do them really well when I’m on the road. I also had to keep my cadence high – I don’t find that too bad when I’m in a big gear, but I just don’t seem to be cut out as a spinner. If anyone has any tips for me, I’d love to hear them!

Today I had a choice between running the RR10 (a local cross-country race) or doing an hour-long workout from my coach. I chose the latter for a variety of reasons, including the fact that I could get it over and done with more quickly! I was meant to do three 10 minute intervals at Half Marathon pace. I’m struggling to know what that is at the moment – my HM PB is 1:52:19 (5:18/km) and I think I ought to be able to do 2:00:00 as I ran just over that at Brighton Marathon recently (5:41/km). Unfortunately, I found it really difficult. My three intervals came out as 5:42; 5:39; 5:41, so they were fairly consistent, but definitely at the bottom end of what I was aiming for, and there’s no way I’d be able to sustain that for 2 hours 😦

I’m so glad that the weekend feels like it’s on its way as I’m exhausted by this week already!

Also, today my husband found out that he’d won a pair of Grandstand tickets from Dassi bikes to the ITU World Triathlon Series on London in just over a week’s time. Here’s the schedule for the day:

Saturday, 31 May 2014
06.45 – 07.45 Paratriathlon Swim / Bike Warm Up
07.00 – 18.00 Expo Open
07.00 – 18.00 Open Race Registration
07.00 – 18.00 Media Centre Open
08:00 Start Paratriathlon
10:45 – 11:00 Start Corporate Relay Challenge
12:30 – 12:50 Youth & Junior Aquathlon
13:30 – 14:15 Elite Men Swim Warm Up
14:30 Start Elite Men’s Race 
15:25 – 15:50 Elite Women Swim Warm Up
15:35 Elite Men Medal Ceremony
16:05 Start Elite Women’s Race
17:10 Elite Women Medal Ceremony

I’m really looking forward to having a day out!

What have you got to look forward to in the next few weeks?