Triathlete Bloom ready for Mexico mission
PUBLISHED: 11:00 01 September 2016
Buckhurst Hill ace takes precautions in final warm-up event
Buckhurst Hill’s Claire Bloom completed her preparations for the World Triathlon Championships at Hertfordshire’s Stanborough Lakes.
But due to a tight Achilles, Bloom decided to only compete in the swim and bike elements of the race as a precaution.
A 750 metre mixed swim time of 12.52 saw Bloom in third place among the women and after a good transition, she completed the undulating 20k bike ride in 41.51, still in third.
That was the end of her race, though, and she said: “I took my run shoes with me to go through T2, but once I exited the transition area I turned right when everybody else turned left!
“It was probably one of the hardest things I had to execute, being in such a great position I desperately wanted to finish the race and improve on my position but with the World Championships only two weeks away and nothing depending on the race it would not have been worth risking further injury.
“All in all I got what I wanted out of the race and I’m now all set for the grand finals in Mexico on September 15.”
Bloom’s RG Active clubmate Peter Exton completed his preparations for the European 70.3 Triathlon in Austria at Ely.
After a good start to the swim in the River Ouse, Exton was kicked and lost his rhythm, but still managed a personal best for the 1,500m distance.
A strong bike leg saw Exton move up to third among club members – as the event doubled up as the RG Active Club Championships – and he dug deep in the final stages of the 12k race to finish second, while also collecting bronze for his age group.
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