Natalie successfully defends her Scottish Aquathlon Title
by Natalie Milne
Natalie Milne has successfully defended her Scottish Aquathlon Title at Knockburn Loch, Aberdeenshire. That makes it three titles in a row for the Champion. Our thanks to Iain Mackintosh of imacimages (http://imacimages.com) for his kind permission to reproduce these fabulous photos.
Pre Race Preparation
After my first French Grand Prix race and my fall on the run, I had to make sure that I looked after my beaten and bashed knees! I arrived home from France late on Tuesday afternoon where I continued to train as normal until race day.
I travelled up with fellow competitor (and Fife Mafia team mate) Gregor Malcolm and his family. It was a beautiful day for racing and in a stunning location too. I did my usual pre race warm up and got myself ready to race.
With the water being a tropical 15 degrees it made for a pleasant swim. I went out hard and kept the pressure on myself. I made
good progress through the swim and exited the water first. Into transition and with my wetsuit quickly off and tun shoes on, I was ready to go out on the run.
The run course at Knockburn is great. It keeps you on your toes as you are always running on something different. You’re either going up or down, on grass, then gravel, then tarmac. Then there’s more grass before running through woods and dodging tree roots! The course comprised a two lap race which meant that when you had run it once, you got to enjoy it a second time. I went out hard, putting what I have been working on in training to good use. A couple of the younger lads caught me on the first lap. However, I worked hard not to let the gap between me and them grow too much. I crossed the line in 1st place and retained my aquathlon title for the third year running.
Mixed Relay Championships
We entered a team at the last minute for a bit of fun alongside the aquathlon. Our team consisted of myself (I went out 1st), Gregor Malcom (2nd), Jodie Currie (3rd) and men’s Scottish Aquathlon Champion for 2016, Cameron Harris, who took the anchor leg.
I didn’t have the best of swims due to my lack of warm up but once out of the water and into transition I was able to make up the ground I had lost in transition.
The bike was a 5km ‘out and back’ course. On the way out it was mainly downhill which of course meant uphill on the return. I was a tough little bike course and I came into the second transition in second place. Once my bike was racked, I was then held in transition to sort out my race number as it was all folded over which rather frustratingly meant a number of athletes managed to overtake me.
The run was a shortened version of the aquathlon run, basically the same but minus the muddy playing fields and woods. I went out hard for transition and started to chase down the athletes who had passed me whilst in transition. I continued to posh myself all the way to the changeover box making sure that I increased the gap to the other teams behind us.
We changed over in second place and Gregor had a fantastic leg coming back into the changeover box in first. Then it was Jodie’s turn and despite the fact that she had been so busy studying for her Highers, she still managed a brilliant leg and cam into the changeover box in 2nd place. Jodie handed over to Cameron who also had a brilliant leg and brought the team back home in 1st place.
This was a fantastic event and I really enjoyed being part of it and the fun and competitiveness it brought. Well done to all fellow competitors in the both the aquathlon and the mixed relay championships and thank you to Fleet Feet Triathlon Club for putting on two fantastic events.