British Triathlon Super Series – Southern Aquathlon
Report – Kate Marshall
The Southern Aquathlon of the British Triathlon Super Series took place at Bowood House. Charly Marshall of Stratford Athletics Club and Do3 was hoping to gain a good haul of points to boost her overall position in the series.
The weather was changeable with some blustery winds but the water temperature remained above 20 degrees. This meant that wetsuits were banned for for the first two races.
This event tests endurance and resilience and gives the option to reflect and modify race tactics through the course of the day.
Athletes had to complete three aquathlons with just over an hour recovery in between, as the swims got shorter the runs got longer. ( Race 1: 800m swim, 1k run; Race 2 500m swim, 2k run; Race 3 300m swim, 3k run)
Charly had a great 1st swim but the gruelling hill from the water to transition exacerbated the ‘jelly legs’. With a spinning head in transition she headed out into the first run. She completed in 18:32 in 7th position. During the race she had felt disappointed but only after reflection did she see the positives and realised that things weren’t quite as bad as she had thought. She moved on to the second race determined not to let negative race psychology get the better of her.
The second race felt much better. Again after a strong swim she bounded up the hill and around the 4 laps. Finishing in 7th place with a time of 15:59, but feeling more positive.
Going into the third race the water temperature had dropped but as it was a short swim she chose not to wear a wetsuit, as she felt whatever benefit she would lose in the swim she would gain in transition. This last run was very tough on tired legs and many did not finish. With every last ounce of energy Charly finished 17:07 in 8th place.
The results and overall points are determined by the best two out of the three races. Charly came 8th overall and has moved into 13th position in the overall series.
She was very pleased with the improvements in her swim and commented that “it was a really great day but more hard work to come to close the gap on those ahead of me.”