By ITU Admin on 12/08/09 at 12:00 am
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2009 London Women's Preview
With the London round of the Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Series just days away, Helen Jenkins, the reigning ITU World Champion, says she is reaching top form and is hoping to put in her best performances towards the end of the 2009 season.
Jenkins, 25, has already achieved a number of top ten positions in the Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Series so far, finishing 5th at the Washington DC and Kitzbuhel rounds. A 14th spot in Tongyeong, South Korea and 16th in Madrid means she sits in 10th in the overall rankings with three races remaining.
Viewers can see exactly how good her form is during the live TV feed, as heart-rate information sent by a Suunto Comfort Belt worn by Jenkins during the bike and run legs will be displayed on screen. GPS technology made possible by Suunto will show speed and distance information during these sections.
Talking about her most recent Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Series round in Kitzbuhel, Austria, Jenkins says, I didn’t feel good before the race and had some stomach pains, I tried to ignore it and focus on my race.
I had an average swim and the bike was easy, she continues. I had a good transition and a great first lap (of the run). I was running with two really fast runners and it felt easy. But I eventually tired and I was running on my own for most of the race in second place.
I got overtaken at the 9km mark and ended up fifth. It probably wasn’t the most sensible way to run as I completely blew up at the end but I was really pleased I had the speed to go out with the fast girls and maybe next time I can hold the speed for longer and improve my position.
As a precursor ahead of Londons Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Series race, Jenkins won the Mazda London Triathlon on August 2, breaking away from the pack with three others on the swim leg and blasting the run, winning by 37 seconds ahead of Liz Blatchford.
Other athletes wearing the Suunto Comfort Belts are Vendula Frintova (CZE) and Ai Ueda (JPN) in the womens race and Javier Gomez (ESP), Daniel Unger (GER), Reto Hug (SUI) and Matt Reed (USA) in the mens.