Mexico heat makes it hard for Mileham
11:00 23 September 2016
Coopers pupil battles to finish ITC World Championships
Coopers pupil Sam Mileham admitted he was ‘proud, but disappointed’ after finishing in 35th place in his age group at the ITC World Championships in Mexico.
The 750 metre swim took place in crystal clear waters in Cozumel, with a 20k bike leg along the sea front, before a 5k run.
But the start of the race was delayed by 30 minutes, with athletes having to wait around in high temperatures of 35 degrees and around 90 per cent humidity.
“Water temperature was a bathlike 29 degrees and the swim was brilliant, though a huge current made the start very tricky,” said Mileham.
“The clear sea was nothing like I’ve done before and exiting the water in 11 minutes 30 seconds I was about halfway down the field.”
A long transition did not help his cause, but Mileham worked in a secondary group of 15 on the bike leg to try and catch the leaders.
“Eventually a few groups emerged and I was in a group of about 30 for the last 15k. I sat in the middle for a very fast ride, making use of the draft, then towards the end I moved up the pack and finished in 28.41, the 11st fastest split.”
Mileham went into the second transition inside the top 20 in his category and sprinted away to try and make up more ground, adding: “I started to create a gap between me and the athletes behind me and found myself catching people ahead. My friends on the side of the course had told me I’d moved into the top 10 in ninth place at this point and I was feeling great.”
But the race took a turn for the worse in the last 1.5k and Mileham began to lose energy and fall down the field. He said: “I felt a cold chill and I don’t remember much. I slowed down a lot according to friends, but a few corners later I collapsed.
“I know I was on the floor for a while but wasn’t sure how long. I managed to get up and walk/jog the last kilometre until I collapsed across the line.
“I found out I was 35th and was disappointed and annoyed my body didn’t hold up, but took pride knowing I pushed myself to the max and couldn’t have given any more. I cannot thank my sponsors Pedal Potential, Sam Farmer, Zone 3, Swim Canary Wharf and The Body Therapy Company enough for getting me to Mexico.”