Last weekend I took part in the Inter-Regional Track Championships as part of the East Midlands team (3 girls, 4 boys). It was a brilliant experience and a lot of fun, as always :).
On the Friday I took part in the sprints where I qualified first, half a second faster than the rest of the field, which I managed to carry though and take the win at the end of the day :D
Then on Saturday I raced the keirin in the morning and the 500m TT in the afternoon (my favourite event). In the morning I got an easy ride through the first round, as I was favourite to win then took a pretty easy victory in the final to put me on the top spot. Then in the afternoon was my 500m TT, I was in the last heat and I had the national record in my head, however my legs were feeling pretty heavy from the morning and Friday’s racing. My ride felt pretty good, but I knew I died off towards the end. I ended up being 0.072 seconds of the national record, GUTTED!! I still won but it didn’t exactly feel like it :/
On the final day (Sunday) was the team events, in the morning I rode the team sprint with Grace where we won and managed to break our own national record we set at the UKSG in summer. Then in the afternoon was the team pursuit where all the girls rode together (me, Grace and Charlotte), this I was not exactly looking forward to as it is more of an endurance race and I didn’t want to let the team down as both Grace and Charlotte are endurance riders. But I managed to hang on to them and we broke another NATIONAL RECORD!!!!
Then to top the whole weekend off, the team won the overall Inter-Regional Track Championship, so in all I would say it was a pretty successful 3 days. :D