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Last Triathlon of the season

The National Triathlon Championships

My last triathlon of the season was the national triathlon champs where I participated in the Individual Tri, the Teams Tri and the Individual Aquathon. 

I placed 4th in the Tri where I had concentrated my effort over the other two events.

Reuben Thompson Outside Sports NZ

It was my first year in the age group, racing U14 last year so I’m really stoked with my race.

My bike set up was really good and the bike course suited me well with the descent climb at the start of each lap. I had another really solid bike split, to my advantage it was on home ground at Jacks Point, meaning I could get a lot of training in prior to the event. Saying that, there was a course change which I only found when I started the race so my splits were off my training times and goal times but the more time on the bike the better!

Reuben Thompson Outside Sports NZ

I came out of the swim in 25th so I had work to do!

I pushed the bike and came off in 8th. The run was going be hard as I had a big pack of boys on my heels that I had passed on the bike. I had got to 4th by start of the second and final lap where we were straight up the hill again. 

At the top of the hill I looked back to a bunch of at least 10 boys and knew I had work ahead of me.

I attacked the downhill with the support of Joe Cheifetz (who manned the drink station) as my main motivator and only had 500m to the finish. I had broken the pack down and starting to form a gap before the finish line. There was some confusion at the line with placing's because of penalties etc. I had got 4th and equivently 2nd if there was a U15 age group.

Reuben Thompson Outside Sports NZ

The teams tri went great too, I didn’t have the freshest legs though after the smashing that morning. The Aquathon (Swim-Run) went well to but after the swim I was well back and had no bike to catch me up, I was useless. I was 24th out of the water and made up 8 spots in the run to finish in 13th. On the positive I was 7 seconds off the fastest run split so I know where the work needs to be done for next season.

So that’s it for the tri season. I have the NZ road cycling champs next week and I’m not really sure how well I’ll do as I am yet to race age group cycling since mid year last year.

A huge thanks to Thijs Hubber at Protégé Coaching for the work he’s done with me, I wouldn’t be where I am without him and Outside Sports for my one and only love - my Specialized Tarmac. 


By Reuben Thompson

Photo Credit: Barking Cat Photography 


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