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Making the grade

Horst 2015

The 2015 ETU European Powerman Championships in the Netherlands was the first time I would be officially racing with the Elite field. Having placed in the top 10 on my Powerman debut at the 2014 World Championships, but racing as an age grouper, I was delighted to be selected for the British Triathlon Elite team for the European Champs.

One of the great things about the Powerman world series is that every race is very different. Not just the terrain but also the distance. This can vary from 10k run – 60k bike – 10k run (the European Champs format), up to 10k run – 150k bike – 30k run (the legendary World Championship course format in Zofingen, Switzerland). For me, I knew that the European Champs would be challenging as it is a TT bike specialists course. In the entire 60k, there is only 11m of climbing. As more of a climber, than an speed merchant on the flat, this was always going to be a challenge. It was incredible to watch the world class TT’ing on show. Really loved my new Scott tri shoes- so comfortable and helped me to transition on to the run without the problem of numb feet!! This has been an age old problem for me and I’m delighted to get it sorted.

I’m delighted to say that I acquitted myself well finishing in 13th place overall. With only 5 mins separating the top 15 in the elite field, it was a very tight race. I’m delighted to have clocked a 30.11 for the first 10k and then a 31.48 for the second 10k. That puts me right up there with the best in the world at the moment. To finish only 1 second behind an ex-World Champion and to be in the mix with multiple world and European champions gives me extra encouragement as I work towards the World Championships in September.

Big thanks to the team at BetterYou. Vitamin D and Energy Boost sprays were excellent and I felt so much better on run 2. I’ve also been using the magnesium spray all week and I’ve been amazed at how quickly my legs have recovered. Back to full training after only four days.

Next up Powerman Germany at the end of May.

About Julian Lings

Powerman Duathlete, loves to train & race hard, competing on the World stage. Sheffield & Peak District are home, Team Accelerate Athlete. Accelerate
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