2 weeks ago I was lucky enough to get the chance to race on the 2012 Olympic Games Triathlon course in Hyde Park, London. It was also and important race regarding Olympic qualification, so all round a perfect time to try and race well! I had a great build up into the race, spending a few weeks on the outskirts of London doing my final preparations and was really looking forward to racing on what looked like a spectacular course.
Race day came around and kicked off at 1pm with the crowds all enduring the wet wether to watch the race. The swim was in the Serpentine, it was fairly dirty but thankfully warmish, with transition all set out in front of huge stands and meters of blue carpet. The bike course was fantastic, 7 laps with each lap going past the famous Buckingham Palace, through Hyde Park corner one of the busiest intersections in London and looping through Hyde Park past the swim course and grand stands for all the spectators to see. For me, the swim went well, and I was soon enough in the lead pack on the bike as the rain poured down which made the ride pretty slow. Soon after that we were on the run and straight from the word go it was all out and the pace was on. I was sitting top 20 for most of the way, running as fast as I could, finally finishing in 22nd place. I faded a bit over the last 1km, running in a run split of 30.45 for 10km.
It was a tough day, but I'm back into the training now, and getting ready for the next big race in Beijing in 3 weeks on another Olympic course!