The Trihard Keswick Triathlon 2014 took place on Sunday 15th June. Olympic distance-esq with a swim of approx 750m/35km bike/10km run, which is actually a very tough 10km fell run. The race is held in and around beautiful Derwent Water, making it one of the most rewarding of races, especially if the weather plays ball – which fortunately this year it did.
Racepace athlete Neil Ainsworth has been hoping to race this event for the past few years, unfortunately injury has made this difficult, but 2014 he was fit and ready to give it a good shot.
Neil works relatively even across the 3 disciplines as there’s no obvious strength or weakness, this enables him to treat triathlon as one continuos, flowing sport – something many triathletes struggle to grasp. Neil’s pacing is constantly improving and often comes to fruition on the run. Pleasingly, In this particular race, not a single athlete passed him on the challenging 10km fell run. The off-road running skills that he has aquired through running in the LTR groups almost certainly made the difference there.
This race gives Neil a little insight into what the infamous Helvellyn Triathlon will be like to race in September. (Neil Ainsworth)