Kerry MacPhee is the latest elite athlete to join the ColourMyKit Race Team. Kerry specialises in off road triathlon such as X-Terra and in 2012 recorded some fantastic results; 2012 Scottish Duathlon Champion, 2012 Scottish Cross Triathlon Champion, 2nd at the Scottish Sprint Triathlon Championships and many more besides.
This year Kerry is focusing on X-Terra triathlon as well as World Island Games where she is persuing no fewer than 4 gold medals! Kerry’s season got off to any amazing start over the last 2 weeks with some fantastic results. Here is Kerry’s blog from those events;
Scottish Duathlon Championships – Scottish Champion
This was the first Duathlon of the year for me and I was quite nervous going into it having been out with an injury for a while and being faced with my longest run day of the year- eek! After seeing the start list, my plan going in was to keep ex commie games runner Gillian Palmer in my sights on the run and try and ride away from her on the bike but as it turns out, I managed to pull away from her after 5km of running and the gap just got bigger with me finishing with a 6 minute gap on the rest of the female field.
I felt surprisingly good on the run legs despite my lack of running this year and I think this is mainly from lots of glute work over the winter. My bike leg was fine, nothing spectacular except the steed I was riding courtesy of Rock and Road Cycles!! Legends! It was a really cold morning and as an asthmatic I really suffer in the cold so I have to keep my efforts measured but I managed to do that. Overall a sensible race and a fab confidence booster. Oh and a sneaky outing in the sample tri suit ColourMyKit had sent me- I love it and I love the fact it has some nice ‘Scottish’ blue paneling, handy coincidence!
British Elite Duathlon Champhionships – Bronze Medal
I had been nervous about the Scottish Duathlon Champs but the elites even more so! I left Stirling at 10pm on Sat night after attending a wedding and drove down to my booked travelodge room only to be turned away as they had given my room away as part of their overbooking policy, queue absolute rage!
I got sent to another lodge and couldn’t find it for the life of me so when I eventually did, I got 2 hours sleep. Come race morning I wasn’t exactly feeling perky! Anyhow I was excited to race some fast girls and relishing the challenge. My plan going into this race was to try and stick with the lead run pack and aim to stay in the front pack on the bike. I managed to stick to the first part of my plan and stay among the lead girls on the run though it definitely hurt. I wouldn’t say 17.44 is particularly fast for an elite level race but given my lack of running this year and perhaps some residual fatigue from last week I was finding the pace quick!
Into transition I messed up with getting my helmet on and my inhaler tucked into my suit so ran out with my bike with Vanessa Raw and Lucy Hall just ahead of me. I did think for a split second that I could maybe catch them but it wasn’t to be. I rode 4 laps of 8 on my own before I was picked up by the chase pack. The last 4 laps were fine and I felt strong compared to the chasers and confident enough to try and get 3 of us working together but they weren’t as keen as me to break away! I got to the front of the chase pack for T2 and ran out with a massive hobble as my calfs were cramping.
It took me a minute or 2 of steady running before my poor calfs stopped playing out and after this I just dug in- it hurt! I finished 4th in the end but was awarded the bronze medal as the 3rd placed girl was American. Happy days! Still catching up on my sleep 3 days on and still massaging my right shin from having my foot on in a driving position for 11+ hours!! Thanks to 02 Creation or my snazzy new suit and to Rock and Road Cycles for a sweet race bike!
We think Kerry is definitely going to be one to watch for the season, especially with X-Terra races just around the corner. Follow Kerry on Twitter for all the latest news.