Ailbhe Carroll: Lessons from Tartu

Ailbhe Carroll's performance at last weekend's European Cup race in Estonia left her disappointed but determined to make amends next time round as she tells in this guest post:

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“You win some you lose some the saying goes...

Not every win means top of the podium however. There is only one space for one human up there but there are a lot of other people who walk away from the race happy...a win you see.

Top 10 Hopes

I went into Tartu with great hopes of placing in the top 10. My swim was there and I had proved that in my last few races. My bike legs were attached and I'm running better than I have before. No reason why it shouldn't have come together on the day.

I was very relaxed before the race and had gone through the course in detail. I was very excited to get going and just enjoy what I had hoped would be my best ETU cup result yet.This was not to be the case as it just didn't happen for me. No outstanding reason as to why I couldn't nail it. Couple of little things that have been noted to improve upon for next time.

My swim was poor. My T1 I felt was good but upon analysing the results it turns out that 4 of the top 12 girls swam with the race was there...I just failed to capitalise on that somehow.

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Losing it on the Straight

Biking has always been a strength for me and with Tartu being a very technical and challenging Hilly course it looked like a day for Swim bikers. I went ahead and lost focus for a split second on a STRAIGHT bit of road and lost the group. Who does that?! ME!

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The group were riding away on the technical bits and the gap was growing...I was a 'little' annoyed at this so put the head down and closed the gap to the group...twice. (the first time I made contact was on the hill where a Russian gal put in a burst...enough to hit me after chasing.) I got on the group again and didn't make that mistake twice.

The run...who knows. My legs were a bit shocked and although I knew a good run would possibly get me inside the top 20 just wasn't there.


I was bitterly disappointed coming over the line. But disappointed doesn't knock you, it drives you forward and only adds fire to the belly for the next.

I had a cracking weekend of laughter and endless giggles with the Irish and the British contingents...let's do this again sometime!

A big whoop Whoop for the 3 stand out races Con Doherty, Calum Johnson, Chloe Cook you guys are just legends and it was awesome to see you do your thang! “

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