A 24 hour flight to Australia has given me all the head space I need to reflect and write about my 2018 season. 

It would be super easy to start by saying I’ve had an awful lot of bad luck this year as I lost 12 weeks due to injuries but 2018 is the year that I learnt the most about myself and what I’m capable of if I back myself 100%.

With an end of year focus on cyclocross you could be forgiven for forgetting that Duathlon is my main sport! I kicked off my Duathlon season way back in Feb and had really solid start to the year with a win, 2nd place and qualification for the 2019 World Duathlon Championships. After a silly fall and broken foot stopped me running I carried on my season as soon as I could and turned to time trailing, recording course PBs in EVERY time trial I rode. Oh and I may have already mentioned knocking 18mins off my 50 mile PB time (even after taking the wrong course). I was feeling super strong on the bike so incredibly frustrating that a crash cut that short too but I’m confident I’d have PB’d over 10 and 25 miles too. Those will have to wait until 2019. 😉

2018 in numbers 

  • 2 house moves
  • 11 races – 3 Duathlons, 4 time trials and 4 cyclocross races
  • Duathlon
    • 1 win, 1 x 2nd Lady, 1 x 2nd in AG
    • Runner up National Duathlon championships 45-49
    • Qualified for World Duathlon championships 2019
  • Time Trail
    • Course and power PBs
    • 50 Mile TT PB
  • Cyclocross – 4 races and 2 top 10 finishes off 10 rides on a cross bike!
  • Planned and rode Stand up to Cancer Cycle Challenge #SU2Ccycle and raised over £10, 300 for CRUK (met some friends for life along the way)
  • Team Bottrill ‘Selfie of the year’ award – its only taken me 3 years! haha

This year I pushed myself in lots of different directions, tried lots of new things and achieved so much more than what I’d listed as season goals. 

Working with coach Dan has been amazing. Starting with a new position set up on my Liv Avow, I’ve never felt stronger on a bike and although injuries didn’t allow us the consistency or races we wanted this year I’m confident we will reap the benefits next year. Thanks for always knowing what to say and for putting up with me Dan 🙂

Thanks to Billy, Mark, Jonny and the team at Giant Leamington for not only keeping my bikes in tip top condition but for being great friends. I’ve never loved going into a bike shop quite as much I do hanging out with you guys. Meg, you have been awesome too! Because of your help, I’m enjoying running again, thank you 😊 

Massive thanks of course to Liv for the most amazing bikes and gear. My Avow, Langma and Brava have all performed beautifully and I’m proud to be an ambassador for such an inspirational brand. 

Huge thanks to CEP for their incredible support as well and for allowing me to work with them in different ways this year. Their compression recovery and performance gear are what keeps me racing! The ortho range made a massive difference to my recovery after breaking my foot.

So there you have it.. 2018 all on one page. I’m proud of the way I’ve bounced back from the setbacks and kept moving forwards even when I just wanted to curl up in a ball or run away (2 house moves anyone) but mostly I’m bloomin proud to say I was part of something incredible, the Stand Up to Cancer Ride. Thank you to everyone who was involved Kelly, Simon, Jules, Gareth, Russell, Martin, Emily and all the other riders (too many to name). 

Finally, thanks to all of you for your support, your likes, comments and messages. They’ve got me through the tough days. 

Wishing you all a fun filled, injury free 2019!! 

Much love

Duathlon Girl X