So it’s been a few weeks since I was racing in the men’s triathlon on the first day of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. what an unbelievable, unforgettable experience.
The messages of support before and after the race, the support of the massive crowds on the course, the fact my family could be there to watch it live and direct, Barbados flags draped over the barricades and all, and even a bit of celebrity spotting while in the village has left me in awe at it all.
Not to mention the Caribbean like weather Glasgow produced! Jason Wilson and I made history by being the first ever Barbadian triathletes to compete at a Commonwealth Games. It’s mad that not only one, but two of us could be there, from that tiny 166 square mile island.
The fact myself and Jason have been great friends from almost our single digit years makes it just that extra bit special.
I finished 20th with a time of 1:56:51 in what was a fantastic race and afterwards all the triathletes had a big celebration on the Saturday night in Glasgow city centre which was great fun. I headed back to Loughborough on the Sunday afternoon with Loughborough based Aaron Harris, as it’s back on the grind.
I had a few days post-race to enjoy the village but there is no rest for the wicked. Another key race for my season, the World U23 Championships in Edmonton, Canada, is at the end of August, so I’m back into the training groove now.
I was supposed to be racing at the British Elite Sprint Championships in Liverpool last weekend, but unfortunately due to adverse weather affects they had to cancel the men’s race. Although I won’t be able to measure my triathlon form going into the World Champs, I just have to get back focussed and put in another week and a half of solid work before heading off to Canada.
I’d like to take the time to thank everyone who has helped me to get to this stage. My family, my coach Gav Smith, my physio Matt Taylor, Dean Jackson from HUUB, the Barbados Olympic Association, Loughborough University and of course the guys at BEET IT.