This time tomorrow, I will be sat comfortably on the plane with my noise cancelling headphones (thanks Lillian) with my super comfy superior travel comfort pillow (thank you Lucy) and my chocolate 🙂

The training is done – there’s nothing more I can do, but to get my head in the zone, get to the start line and enjoy every moment of it!

Thank you to everyone who has helped me get here, from the Tri20 coaches and club mates, my Kettlebell class members, my friends, and my family – thank you!

Just a small matter of getting my bike into the bike box – how hard can it be?

This is it… whooooahhh!  Australia, World Triathlon Championships here I come.

Miss V (GB Athlete!)

I should be super excited…

I should be looking forward to my big adventure down under…

I have done all the training – it’s gone really well, I feel strong – much fitter than when I qualified which is a good thing.  I am not injured.

But this week, mentally, I have found it extremely hard.  Maybe not just this week but towards the back end of last week also.

I am feeling slightly intimidated – we have a closed Facebook Group for the GB Team – I have switched off the notifications as it’s not doing me any good seeing all the pictures and conversations.  I’ll switch them back on once I am over there as it’s the key communication stream with all GB Athletes from the organisers.

There seems to be so much that has to happen before I even race – does my helmet meet the safety standards, is my medication for my asthma allowed, the course recces, briefings, photos, registration, team parades, building my bike (that’s a first!), and team outings as well as getting myself ready for the race.  I should be so excited, but I am feeling a little inadequate and petrified – I will be honest.  What if I am sh*t?!   What if I am last?

I have a great friend, who has been through the same experience and she has shared her experience with me and it has helped.  You know who you are – so thank you.

I will write a race plan – and I will use that to focus my energy and stick to it.

This kind of thing doesn’t happen to Miss V – I was not sporty as a child and now I find myself with a GB Trisuit – I need to embrace this experience, smile and enjoy it!

So, this weekend I will put all my training into practise and take part in our local triathlon.  I will not worry about things I can’t control and I will smile.

By the way, you will be able to track me on race day by using the ITU Grand Final Gold Coast2018 app – I will be racing on Thursday 13th September at 11.30am (9hrs ahead of the UK)!

Thanks for listening 😉

Miss V (GB Triathlete)

 

 

 

I still can’t believe it’s real!  I am going to Australia to represent Great Britain!

5,000 of the world’s best elite and age group triathletes from 46 nations will be heading to Queensland for the final race of the 2018 season and I am one of them!

In just 6 weeks, I will be racing in Australia wearing my trisuit with pride – today it’s making its way to the local printers, Oliver Signs in Burghfield to have the logos printed on it.  Now that is exciting!  I will do my sponsors proud!

Training has been going well.  There have been some early morning starts to get the training in before my day gets going. I have been having a few doubts about my ability this week but those have now gone.  I can only do my best!

My swimming is good – but I need to practise a bit more in my wetsuit so I am grateful for the cooler weather.  There’s a 50/50 chance that the swim could be non-wetsuit.  As I am a strong swimmer, I don’t mind swimming without – let’s hope a shark doesn’t take a fancy to me!

The bike – that’s getting much better.  I am feeling very strong on the bike.  It’s probably a combination of the training and the excellent work that Pankhurst Cycles did on my bike – switching over my groupsets.

The run – I am working hard on my run.  I am doing more interval work to increase my speed.  My runs off my bike are feeling easier, stronger and faster.  In 6 weeks I should feel much more confident.

I haven’t forgotten about transition, flying mounts and dismounts – those are areas that will get focus in a couple of weeks.

6 weeks and counting – staying fit, healthy and injury free is my priority!

Flights and accommodation have been booked – flying out on 8th September and coming back on 22nd September – super excited.  I am going to Oz!

Thank you again for all the kind donations to get me out to Oz – this is real!

Miss V
GB Triathlete…. whoooah!!!

 

 

 

I was never the sporty type.

I was the chubby teenager who conveniently forgot her PE kit, especially for athletics and cross country.

If I did have to wear my gym knickers, I would insist on wrapping my school cardigan around my waist to prevent my wobbly thighs being on show.

And, the day, they got out the trampoline, I never went on it.  The fear that I would fall through.

As a child, I was fairly active, doing child stuff, such as skating, biking, hula hooping, elastics, marbles and a little bit of swimming.  My parents were not overly active, Dad was in the army and my mum was a stay at home mum.  We lived in Germany.  My mum liked to cycle and sometimes we would go for long rides – well, compared to today, they were not long, but then, they felt like forever.

I loved to eat and my mum was a bit of a feeder – so I ended up equally wide as I was tall.

I did like playing netball.  Or did I?  I was tall, conveniently tall to defend, so I would play Goal Keeper.  The only issue with playing netball, was, that I had to wear a short skirt.

When I was 17, I was off to play netball and my mum remarked on my fat thighs.

That was the turning point.

 

 

As my fish fingers cook in the oven (fish finger sandwiches are my favourite if you didn’t know)… I am sat here contemplating if I should head out to Australia to represent Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championships in September.

OMG.. I am a GB Triathlete…

Yes, me….

I qualified…

To represent Great Britain in my Age Group (45 – 49)…

In September…

In Australia!

It was my goal and I am so glad I have achieved it.  I am so happy!

So, now to reality… (fish fingers are still cooking)… financially this is a massive commitment – I won’t beat around the bush here – I will need to fund my entire trip, kit and race entry.  Nothing is for free.

So, if you are reading this, and would like to sponsor / help a GB Triathlete to fulfil her dream – then please do get in contact.  If you are an organisation and would like your logo on my kit, get in contact…I am good at negotiating – butt cheeks are premium locations for logos!

Oh, there’s my timer.. time to rescue to the fish fingers…

Miss V… GB Triathlete 🙂