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Jek Bradley races for the first time this year at the Virgin Active London Triathlon.

Jek exits the water at the Virgin Active London Triathlon and hands over to Triathlon Plus Editor Liz Hufton for the bike leg

Injury well and truly got the better of me this year and I haven’t raced once this season. Cycling and running is still off the agenda, but I’ve recently been given the all clear to swim again. With the individual event out of the question, I begged my colleagues Liz (Editor) and Rob (Art Editor) to do a relay with me three weeks before D-day. Thankfully, with only minimal persuasion they agreed.

I’m fairly used to mass start swims and expect the odd knock on my head or kick in the stomach, but the start of the Virgin Active London Triathlon was absolutely brutal; Unfortunately, as the hooter went off I was shoved on top of another competitor. He clearly thought I’d tried to drown him, so spent the next 100m trying to do the same to me. With 1400m still to go and lungs now full of Docklands water, I figured that I valued my life more than beating this lunatic and so sat up and waited a good 20 seconds before I carried on swimming. With clear water now in front of me, I managed to get into my stride and pushed as hard as I could with the little training I had done. I did tire towards the end but still managed to exit the water in 32:38, which I didn’t think was too shoddy considering my current level of fitness. I passed the baton onto Liz who had a blinding bike leg before disaster struck at 20km when her chain snapped. Credit to her though, she walked the final 5km and passed the baton onto Rob who cruised his way around the run course in just over 51 minutes.

This has been my worst season I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a really hard time coming to terms with not being able to go for a run or ride my bike. Competing in this relay though has helped me get my mojo back, and with a better mental attitude I’m hoping that it won’t be too long before I’m back racing again and feeling the luxurious burn of lactic acid pulsing round my body. Bring on next season! is the online home of Triathlon Plus – the best source of triathlon training advice, triathlon gear reviews and triathlon news.

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