The British trials for the Olympic games were held in Madrid at the weekend and unfortunately were not successful for me. Having been the British ranked number one for the last 4 years and ranked in the top 10 in the World it came as a bit of a blow. As I have mentioned in a previous Wiggle blog GB women have only secured 2 of a possible 3 Olympic slots (achieved by mine and Michelle’s [Dillon] World ranking). However, I haven’t even been given the possible third or even the reserve slot. They have opted to pick 2 women who could act as domestiques if they get the chance to race! I am insulted to say the least. So much for thanks for all my work to secure GB a chance to even put a woman in the games.
Beijing is going to be extremely hot (35 degrees +), extremely humid and a non wetsuit swim. Coping with these stifling conditions is not going to be easy. You would think that the ideal way to pick your team would be from a race held in similar conditions. WRONG! Instead the ‘powers that be’ decided to use the Madrid World Cup in May in cold wet conditions (16 degrees) and wetsuit swim. To me it seemed like picking a 100m sprinter from a cross-country race! In fact the men’s race became a complete lottery with over 30 athletes DNFing when the weather degenerated into a torrential downpour with thunder and lightening. So Britain has picked it’s team from a freezing wet race 2 months before the Olympics while most other countries have selected it’s athletes from hot humid races 6-12 months prior, we’ll see in August who got it right.
In my opinion it would have been far better to use a different race earlier in the year like the Mooloolaba or Ishigaki World Cup which would have been more like the Beijing conditions and would have given more time to prepare afterwards. I don’t however want to take away credit to the athletes that raced well in Madrid and did qualify for the Olympics. I wish them luck.
After the selection mess of the Athens Olympics I can’t help feeling bitter that I have contributed 8 years to British Triathlon and that once again I have been repaid with betrayal. So just remember one person’s Olympic dream is someone else’s nightmare. I guess I could always pretend I boycotted it.
I now have to get this injury I’ve had since the Mooloolaba World Cup cleared up and get racing. I will get booted off Lottery funding at the end of June so racing well is more important than ever. I hope to race more in the UK this year so it’s not all negative. Come and have a chat!