Clinic Ambassadors Ben and Rhian Storm Breca Gower!!
They had a fantastic win in at Breca Gower the mixed category and 8th overall but how did they feel it went?! Check it out below!
Race stats: 37.8km running and 5.2km sea swimming.
Position: 1st mixed team (42 minutes clear of 2nd mixed team), 8th overall. 5 hours 54 minutes.
Race report: This was an excellent race for us, as we:
- Nailed our kit selection
- Had the perfect nutrition plan
- Were well hydrated pre and during the race
- Had the fitness to push when need
- Were injury free.
Our aim was to win the mixed team and place ourselves high up amongst the overall finishers.
It was going to be a super-hot day (28 – 30 degrees) and the race route was very technical. As the Breca organisers promised, it had a bit off everything. Hard, sharp hilly runs, tricky and technical descents; rocks and slate, a very dangerous causeway to run and navigate, as well as beach and sand dune running. Yet the swimming was easier this year – with pond like, 18 degree conditions.
The race started at 7am, so it didn’t feel too hot – but about an hour in, the sun was blazing down.
We pushed relatively hard early on, opening up a sizeable gap on the 2nd placed mixed team and then went very fast on the swims (“Are you guys Olympic swimmers? As you went past us like we were standing still” asked a male team we overtook!)
We have been working on the technical aspects of our trail running – assessing how we can travel faster over boulders and rocks – but ensuring we minimise the risk of turning an ankle (or a worse injury.) This paid off for us and as preparation for the OtillO World Championships it was great to put this into practice.
In the second half of the race, our hydration and nutrition plan paid off, as despite the intense heat, we felt in good condition – and were catching and passing male teams. We finished the race strongly and were very happy with our first swimrun win. The Breca Gower is an amazing race, well organised, in a truly beautiful location, presenting very hard swimrun conditions.
As always, we couldn’t have got to the start line without your support. We’d like a special “shout out” to Dan for standing in whilst Alex was away. With Ben’s sore ankle, Dan’s reassurance was exactly what we needed to race hard. Let’s bring on Sweden!
Our recovery from the race will be pretty quick, and its only 9 weeks before our A race – the World Championships in Sweden (3rd September.)
Ben & Rhian
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