By Mark Etheridge
Triathlete Gillian Sanders is enjoying a well-deserved break after criss-crossing the globe in search of success.
Celebrating her 30th birthday on Saturday, 15 October, London based Sanders ended her competitive season in Mexico last weekend with 19th spot in the ITU World Cup in Huatulco.
“I think that is it for 2011,” Sanders told Road to London 2012 this week. “I’ve raced a lot and my body is tired. I spent two days on the beach after the race as I’m having a total two-week break before I start my base training for 2012.
“The actual race was very tough,” she tells. I had a bad swim and was in the second pack on the bike. On a course like Huatulco it was very difficult for us to catch up to the front pack which meant my poor swim left me in a bad position for the rest of the race.
“I guess 19th is not to be scoffed at but I was expecting at least a top 10 from myself. I had the sixth fastest run (38min 25sec) so had I been in that front group I probably would have got my top 10!”
The exciting news for Sanders as attention turns to next year’s Olympic Games in her “home” town of London is that Sanders may well have an unexploited advantage over her main rivals.
“Like most pros around the world, I’ll begin my base training phase for next year after this two week break. I’m really excited for this as last year I only really started my base training in January so with two extra months I’m looking forward to seeing a huge improvement in my results for 2012.
The 2012 World Cup series opens in Mooloolaba, Australia, on 24-25 March, the eighth time consecutive year that the city will host a World Cup Huatulco is again on the circuit but moves from October to May, a crucial final World Cup event inside Olympic qualification period.
The last WC event before the Olympics is the popular event in Tiszauijvaros, Hungary on 15 July, and the 16th time the city will host a World Cup