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Hollie Avil blogs for Sportsister

August 13, 2009

It’s the final part of British national champion triathlete Hollie Avil’s blog. Here she returns from altitude training in Switzerland to race in the London Triathlon.

We landed down in London the Thursday before the race. It was a strange feeling when I dived in the pool on Friday morning and started breathing every six or seven! It was nice to be able to breathe again! Swimming back down at sea level made me realize how swimming up at altitude is quite a bit harder – especially on the breathing side of things!

On the Friday afternoon I hopped on a tube and went for a cheeky spot of shopping! It was rude not to – being in London and all! I had a lovely wander around the Canary Wharf shops – conscious not to spend too much time on my feet, so a coffee stop off slotted nicely into my afternoon too!

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Read more from Hollie on Sportsister:

Hollie Avil’s training and nutrition plan

Hollie Avil’s triathlon blog

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I love the atmosphere at The London Triathlon. It’s great to see so many people take part in the event – all ages and all abilities! I was feeling ready and raring to go – excited but still nervous at competing in the Junior race.

My swim went well, I took it out hard, trying to kept the pace up the whole way. My coach, Ben, and I had planned for me to use the race as a real sharpener – seeing how coming straight down from altitude would effect me. So the plan was to go all out on all three disciplines!

Through the huge transition, out on the bike and I was on my own. It was down onto my tri-bars, time trailing for 26km.

When I jumped off the bike and started running I felt great! There was no holding back – I put the hammer down straight away, wanting to run a flat out 5km. I loved running amongst the Age Groups – they would cheer me on as I came past!

Crossing the line in first place, people asked me if it was an easy race – my response being ‘no way – that was a very hard 1h 10min! But I enjoyed it! It’s the best I’ve felt in a race all year – especially on the run!

Before heading back to Loughborough, I stopped off at Northampton for a roast dinner at my Mum and Dad’s house. I’ve missed my Mum’s roast, it was delicious!

I’ve had a bit of an easy block between London and now. My coach, Ben, is making sure I’m rested up for the London World Champs Series this coming Saturday.

So I’ll be back to London on Thursday for the London World Champs Series race on Saturday morning. I think next Saturday will give us all another kick of London 2012 excitement! We’re so lucky to get the chance to race at the 2012 Triathlon venue three years out from the Games. I’m really looking forward to racing on home soil too, with a home crowd cheering us all on! With the Junior and Age group races going on too, I think it will be a fantastic weekend!

Hollie Avil, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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Aspiring triathletes are being offered a unique last chance to take part this Sunday [August 16] in the Age Group Triathlon event at the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship London which takes place in Hyde Park this weekend.

There will be a limited number of Age Group places released only on Saturday August 15 and Marie Curie Cancer Care, as the official charity partner for the event, is inviting any last minute contenders to join their ‘Daffodil Triathlon Team’.

To sign up for one of the limited places people must go to the Acccredition Area at Hyde Park on Saturday 15 between 11.00-18.00.

For more information please visit www.triathlon-wcs-london.org

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