Stirling Triathlon 2009


June 7th, 2009 by



I had a fun day today – firstly racing, and then mostly helping out – at the Stirling Triathlon which included the Scottish Schools Championships.

Fraser Cartmell

I like racing at home when I can, and the Stirling Triathlon Club have been very supportive of me so far, making it all the more worthwhile being able to give a little something back when I can.

I raced early(ish) in the morning – the first wave off, and it was a few degrees the wrong side of comfortable if I’m honest. Thankfully the forcast rain held off (for the entire day in the end as it were) and everybody was able to enjoy dry surfaces. I myself was happy enough with the way I got round the course. Since I got home from Florida nearly 3 weeks ago, it has simply been a case of getting myself into race shape in time for the UK Ironman 70.3. The process has involved a significant amount of physiotherapy and yet still I had pencilled in both the Athy race in Ireland last week and the sprint at home here in Stirling this morning. It’s been a fair old balancing act, but I feel like I have judged it reasonably well.

Afterwards I was back onto the pooldeck to help out with the kids race. I wish there had been similar racing formats available when I was younger – it without question develops the useful skills required for racing later on down the years. And that asides, it’s plain old good fun racing if you ask me.

kids pool

8-10yr old kids race; some great start positions there 🙂

Some great racing all over the shop this w/e from our squadron including a fatastic win from Dan in the xterra series, where he brought Conrads winning streak to an end aswell as a top 5 from Gav down in wettest Blenheim and also a solid result from Aleksandar at the Swiss 70.3.