James is the Manager of TORQ's new Triathlon team. He's a keen triathlete, racing for Great Britain in both the 25-29 and 30-34 age groups. More recently he competed in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Clearwater, Florida in a time of 4 hours 25 mins and Challenge Roth Iron distance race in a time of 9 hours 44 mins.
Jacqui Slack at ITU World Cup
Jacqui Slack, one of our professional triathletes representing Torq, has been enjoying some southern hemisphere training and racing - here's what she has to say...
Mooloolaba ITU World Cup – 28th March
It was a beach start which I have been working on since I came to Australia I was ready for the gun to go, I bolted into the water it was a good start but I panicked and dolphin dived too early even after all that practice, I was separated from the front group by the first buoy but continued to swim strong and did my best to look out for a wave on the way in but no such luck. The run out of the water was solid it was a 150 meters on soft sand which zaps your energy I ran well and I didn’t lose any time to the other girls I think everyone found it difficult. I had a great transition and managed to get one foot in my shoe as I leaped on my bike then it was straight round the roundabout and a time trial for at least half a lap until a group formed.
I knew I was in the second pack as we could see the leaders on the turn around. I was in a good pack as we had some potential winners in the group, so everyone wanted to work to catch the leaders and that’s what we did. I rode really strong (probably my best ride ever). I put myself in great positions every time we hit the hill or a corner and I was always ready for a break if someone tried to go. Every lap we gained time on the lead group until finally on the last lap they only had a 25 second lead great we were all in the race. The run was very hard not only due to the hill we had to run up 8 times, but because of the heat I’ve never ran in such hot conditions it was tough.
I ran solid but slowed on the 2/3rd lap due to cramp. I ran through this and was able to push on and catch a couple of girls before coming on to the last lap. I finished in 25th, which was good considering I was ranked 40th going into the race. The most important thing about today was that I really enjoyed the race and had the fastest bike split of the day, however I'm still not quite there on the swim, but this will come with another 6 weeks of Max’s (coaches) swim sessions. Can’t wait to get back into some solid training and look forward to the season ahead - happy times. I had so much support out on the course thanks to everyone for their cheers it really spurs you on.
Love Jaq xx