Hoping for high ranking

Shetland triathlete Lynsey Hender­son travelled to the mainland at the weekend to compete in the Huntly sprint triathlon along with 70 other competitors. This race was a Scot­tish and North Series ranking event.

In the 750-metre swim Lynsey was in the last heat with the faster swimmers. Untypically for her, she struggled to find her form and did a slower time than normal, putting her a few places back.

She made a quick transition to get out on the bike and chase down the other women in her category.

The cycle ride for Lynsey has been her weakest discipline in prev­ious races. However, she managed to find excellent form on the 16 miles, passing her competitors and leav­ing them a few minutes behind. This showed a huge improvement in her triathlon races as the cycle part can have the biggest gains in a race.

Then it was out on to the three-mile flat run. Lynsey has recently been undertaking sprint run training which resulted in her being able to finish strongly, powering her way round and finishing nearly four minutes ahead of second place. It was a huge margin at this level and distance.

The event completes Lynsey’s triathlon series for 2009. With three sprint victories and a second place standard result, it will hope­fully be enough to get a very high Scottish ranking. The results will be calculated by Triathlon Scotland soon.


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