Great setting at Grafham Water.
Melissa Dowell competer in the Grafham water middle distance triathlon.
Total 5:02:09 1st female by 19 mins , 18th overall.
'Swam hard but 'honest' as couldn't get to swim leader , despite him swimming wide round the course. Water got quite choppy on the second lap, so pleased to exit in second place.'
'Bike was a fast , flattish course but windy and technical with two dead turns each lap. As per race plan biked as hard as I could. Played cat and mouse with a few male athletes who were sharing the same course doing an Olympic distance. '
'Plan for the run was to run easy at IM pace or less. Having picked up a calf niggle recently I definitely ran easy and was careful on the many hills ( course was described as undulating...it certainly was).