Michael Parsons has secured his place on the British Triathlon team traveling to Auckland for the ITU World Triathlon Series following his category victory at the Eton Sprint on the 20th of May.
Parsons attained an impressive time of 1:01:14 to secure 1st place in the 20-24 age category, reaching an overall position of third, just short of Alex West in 2nd place (1:00:55), and overall 1st Phil Holland (0:59:51).
Summarising the swim leg of his race Parsons said “During the first 400m of the swim the field stayed tightly packed, as we turned I felt really good and pushed on in an attempt to open up a gap, three of us broke away.
He added that: “As we turned again to head back to transition I started to tie up, I lost the lead of the swim and popped out into transition with a time of 8:43.
Commenting on the bike section of the course, Mike stated that “The bike section was traffic free and flat however it was kept interesting with some strategically placed gateposts which unfortunately ended the race for a few competitors.”
Discussing the final leg of the Sprint, Mike noted “The run was an out and back, I went out with purpose and felt good. I could see second place (Alex West) but had nothing to offer up to close the gap.”
A breakdown of Mike’s race time show a 750m Swim in 00:08:43, transition 1 in 00:01:09, a 21.2k Bike in 00:33:55, transition 2 in 00:33:55, and a 5k Run in 00:16:30.
With a disciplined training plan set in place Mike now eagerly awaits the start of the ITU World Triathlon final on 14th of October over in Auckland.
Mike said “Trainings going really well, managing to keep some old injuries at bay by being sensible and having a flexible training plan. Really happy with the result at Eton and it also highlighted areas that I need to work on in order to get a good result in Auckland.”