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Kim Morrison's Mallorca Olympic
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Posted on: Wednesday 7th May 2014


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Saturday's Mallorca Olympic Triathlon (www.mallorcatriathlon.com) in Sant Jordi proved to be a popular and successful one for British athletes. While Will Clarke was enjoying a win in his 'old' format of draft-legal Olympic distance racing, fellow Brit Kim Morrison (kimmorrison.tumblr.com), was also battling hard at the front of the ladies race, proving that her dedicated winter training programme has worked well.

She checked in with Tri247 with her report from a race "that I would recommend to anyone at any level wanting a hit out early in the season and seeking drafting experience. The atmosphere was fabulous."

Pos Men Women
1st Will Clarke (GBR) 1:40:56 Sione Jongstra (NED) 1:55:45
2nd Sean Donnelly (GER) 1:43:16 Kim Morrison (GBR) 1:56:57
3rd Graham Leitch (GBR) 1:45:06 Eloise Du Luart (GBR) 1:59:06

Mallorca Olympic Triathlon - 3rd May 2014

Saturday morning started at about 4am where I found myself playing numerous games of solitaire on my phone. I got a PB!

The combination of should we have left the gatorskin tyres on rather than going for the super slick race tyres? How is this beach start going to go? It all adds to the bubbles popping in your stomach pre-race!! I had a fantastic week rest-wise leading up to the race so I wasn't worried about minimal sleep the night before. Right outside the room early on race day morning, music started to blurt out from transition ‘keep partying like it's your job!' Breakfast, racking etc. was super simple and 20mins before the race I got warmed up.

It was a beach start and I took the far left spot at the front. When the horn sounded I dodged a BMC photographer and ran until I could no more then dove in. Goggles dislodged I decided to pop them back so I could sight properly, very important in the sea! I then got my rhythm working hard for me and pushed and pushed. To my amazement I had no one for company… Ok, I think I'm going the right way? Yep, there was a canoe ahead of me leading the way! Fantastic, I swam hard and battled with a few choppy waves round buoy number two. Coming into the beach I was in and amongst the men who set off five minutes earlier so lost sight of any other women.

I exited the sea and sprinted along the beach into transition. I heard my name announced as first female and then a list of my previous race results... Who was reading up on me?! Felt really awesome, honoured! Onto the bike and Perry had been very specific "Kim you won't be able to time trial this one!" So, I had a simplistic plan of how I would race this one given it was draf-legal. Obviously, sit on the fastest female back wheel I could find then work together to push on. But there was no female wheels up ahead!? I had men sit on my wheel but that was not in the rulebook and I wasn't going to follow suit!

Ten minutess in and I had company, an international Dutch Champion! Excellent, we worked super hard together and although absorbing my competitors misplaced fluids I got my head down and loved the drafting experience. It really adds an extra exciting dimension to racing! We came into T2 approx. 90secs up and it was a 10km race to the line in the super bright sun.

It was a three lap loop and Ben was there cheering ‘stick with her' as we exited T2 together. On the first lap I stuck closely behind and was determined to show my face on the second lap. Lap two saw us shoulder-to-shoulder where my competitor gave a big kick. I was unable to go with but kept her in my sights. Ben reassured me that I could get back up there, so I stayed relaxed and absorbed the pain, pushing on. Lap three and I was struggling to see the leading lady but I wasn't giving up, I pushed the pace and kept my head down. Ben's support was king, he kept the belief there and I wasn't going to let him down. The finish line appeared and I reached it with a smile and punched up to the sky and smiled at Ben. I genuinely gave it my all and came in with a sub37min 10km run, a massive PB recording my previous best in March this year at sub39min. (Without official confirmation of distance I don't wish to disclose by the second!)

I was overwhelmed to come home in second position for my first race of the season and stand on the podium with a massive PB across the board.

The hard work over the winter has definitely given me a fantastic base to build from this season thanks to the precise and positive coaching from Perry Agass and a solid four weeks training in Spain.

Mallorca is really very pretty and the Triathlon at Colonia Sant Jordi is a fantastically run event that I would recommend to anyone at any level wanting a hit out early in the season and seeking drafting experience. The atmosphere was fabulous.

Well done Eloise Du Luart for rounding off the podium!

I would like to add that the sea swim may have been slightly assisted thanks to the current coming into the beach. The bike leg was also 2km short at 38km. Otherwise. preliminary results below:

Pos Men Women
1st Will Clarke (GBR) 1:40:56 Sione Jongstra (NED) 1:55:45
2nd Sean Donnelly (GER) 1:43:16 Kim Morrison (GBR) 1:56:57
3rd Graham Leitch (GBR) 1:45:06 Eloise Du Luart (GBR) 1:59:06

Next stop for me is the Blenheim Palace Elite Triathlon in June - see you at the start line!

Kim Morrison on the Mallorca Olympic podium


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