Last year I rated the Durty Triathlon as the hardest race I had ever done. No doubt about it, it’s still hard but I’m just fitter and knew what to expect. That really makes the difference. Last year I went into the race thinking I was a bit of a super star, ha-ha... how wrong I was. It was certainly the race that got me hooked on racing off road and really never looked back, this is where I want to be and what I want to do!
This year I was a little more clued up on this off road triathlon stuff and consider myself considerably better than last year. Some might say pro being ETU under23 Champion, I’d like to think so too. The times definitely don’t lie I was much, much faster than last year and the conditions were definitely not as favourable as last year, plus the run was a little bit longer too... So big improvement for me which definitely puts a smile on my face and it keeps my drive to keep getting faster even higher!
Now for the important part, the end result. Before the start I was seriously having an internal battle, my head was telling my body to get stoked because we’ve got a race to try and win but my legs were screaming at me after last weekend I was still suffering big time. I’m pretty sure it’s considered the fatigue come-down after a big race and result but being mentally strong is so important. As Alister has told me on many occasions, it doesn’t matter how tired you are there is always something there and the ones that can deliver the goods when feeling bad are the ones who will always succeed... I finished 2nd overall to Graham, his mountain biking never ceases to amaze me! So strong, even when he went past me I couldn’t even try sneak onto his wheel. There is still definitely a lot to come from my riding; after all, I have only really been riding a mountain bike properly for a year now when I decided to race this race last year. I just managed to catch Doug towards the end of the run I just never seemed to be able to close the gap on him till the very top of the climb; I had spent the best part of the bike busting myself to stay on his wheel too! Being the first Scott to cross the line makes me the current Scottish Cross Triathlon Champion! It’s quite a special one for me too, I’ve cross the line in Scottish Champ races so many time in 2nd place or 3rd place the fact that I’ve finally won a title is an awesome feeling. Kudos to my fellow Scottish Xterra athlete Kerry for winning her 2nd Scottish Cross Tri champs in a row and the 3rd race weekend in a row!
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