This weekend I took part in my final Triathlon of the year over in Anglesey. The Sandman Triathlon is the third and final race in the Always Aim High Triathlon series after the Slateman Triathlon in Llanberis and the Snowdonia Triathlon in Capel Curig. The events have a special place in my heart as the Slateman was the first ever triathlon I took part in and is what made me fall in love with the sport.
The Sandman is probably the most honest and racing course out of the three, but still comes with it’s unique challenges. The swim takes place in the sea and runs parallel to Newborough Beach. You then head into transition over the Sand Dunes, jump on the bike and complete a fast and rolling loop around Anglesey. Finally, you kill the legs off completely with a 10km trail run on mostly sand and single-track.
After my most successful result at the Snowdonia Triathlon coming in 5th overall, I entered a big block of training for the Sandman feeling positive that I could perform just as well, if not better. One big BUT though was when I looked at the starting list…plenty of fast lads seemed to fancy their chances for this one…there goes my chances for another top 5 result this year! Nonetheless I would still give it my absolute all and try to keep up with the big boys.