Jordan Skelly Geneva European Triathlon Championships

The journey towards Geneva began at Dambuster Triathlon in 2014 where I qualified after a second place in the National Championships. Geneva soon became my ‘A’ race for 2015, where regardless of where I would finish I simply wanted to arrive in my best race shape. 

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Everything leading into the race was going to plan, I had by far surpassed all expectations in earlier races in the year. With in particular my last race at Deva Triathlon going remarkably well as preparation for the big day. A national title at the same distance race as Geneva gave me great confidence. Unfortunately after Deva I had picked up a illness (most likely from the questionable river water quality) which set me back a week. Still there were 3 weeks till the race and worrying I wouldn’t be able to recover to top form wasn’t going to get me anywhere. So I focused on making sensible choices and believe my body would recover again. Race week came and form had been returning, and I was hitting figures not far off my best once again. I headed out to Geneva on the Thursday prior to the Sprint race on the Friday where many Lincsquad team mates would be racing. Barely had I been there a few hours and I was fully into the atmosphere of the occasion with the GB team swarming the race (most likely 50% of the Championship field were GB athletes). Temperatures were scheduled to be hot for all races and Friday didn’t disappoint for the Sprint racers. I watched the waves of athletes heading out into the lake trying to pick up as much course knowledge as possible. As my team mates from home hit out solid races, I couldn’t wait until it was my turn! A few practices on the course in the next few days later as well as watching the Elite races on the Saturday. And I was at total ease with the event, there was no pressure as my target was simply to enjoy racing in such a stunning location. After racking my bike the night before I dropped a little pressure from my tyres in a bid to avoid a blow out, after +30°temperatures had played havoc with exploding inner tubes in the other races. A smart move I thought.

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Swim 1.5k – 22.18 T1- 2.19 Bike 40k – 59.51 T2- 1.14 Run 10k – 33.55

Overall- 9th position and another Sub 2hr race, 1hr 59mins 28seconds


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Just 3 days after Geneva we chatted about the prize money up for grabs at Scunthorpe 10km and that Jordan had a real chance to go grab some of it. So a late entry went in and Jordan was back racing just days after the performance of his life (so far). The plan was to run controlled and if at halfway point he was in contention for the prize pot to push. He only went and won by over 1 minute and set a new course record!!!! Class Act


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