British champion Milk has now got taste for success
Wymondham triathlete Oliver Milk shrugged off injury worries to become British champion at the weekend.
Despite spraining both ankles the previous week at the Fritton triathlon, the 32-year-old put in a storming performance to land the 30-34 age group title. Dambuster Tri is based at Rutland Water and this year played host to the British Standard Distance Triathlon Championships, featuring a 1500m swim, 42km bike ride and 10km run.
Milk said: 'I'm very happy with the result – British champion.
'This year should have been a low-key one and I haven't been able to put the hours in that I would have liked due to time and work constraints.
'So to come out with this good result renews my enthusiasm for what I'm capable of.'
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The first event was the swim, as Milk recalled: 'It had been raining for most of Friday but come 5.30am on the Saturday it stopped, just in time for the evil 7am start.
'I had a good swim, managed to stay out of trouble and record my first sub 20-minute 1500m, bringing me out of the water in 10th place.'
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Then it was on to the bike and a real test on hilly terrain with fierce cross-winds.
'It's a very tough and undulating course, and any wind that's about tends to be delivered handsomely on the way round. I made up a few places and came into T2 in sixth place, despite a couple of scares with some unpleasant cross-winds.'
Finally, it was the run, the part that concerned Milk the most. 'I was a little bit worried as I'd sprained both my ankles last week at the Fritton Tri and hadn't run all week. But I moved up to fifth early on and held the position for the rest of the 10k, feeling comfortable all the way round.
'I was very pleased with a 34:00 9.5km run – and a finishing time of 2-00:58. fifth overall and first in 30 to 34,'
Milk now sets his sights on a few Half Ironman and Olympic distance events later in the season.
'After my first 'half' in Portugal in April, I've found that these seem to suit me and they offer a new challenge,' he said.