Carlos Sosa 1st in the junior category – Aquathlon Gran Canaria 2016
by Carlos Sosa
On the 28th of June took place (Gran Canaria) the second edition of the Acuatlón de Arguineguín, in the beach of Las Marañuelas. The trial started at 9:30 am in order to avoid the high temperature and the Calima a hot, oppressing dust and sand-laden, southerly to southeasterly, sometimes easterly wind in the Canary Islands region, that lashed in the South of the Island.
The trial started on the road side next to the beach, featured a 2500 m run, followed by 1000 m swim in a two-laps circuit on the beach and finally a 2500 m run again on the same circuit as the first segment, with a two-laps fast tour, crossing Arguineguin’s peer.
We prepared the trail as to get in a touchdown on the race, after a while without competing in these kind of trials, and, considering the upcoming Canarian Championship in Santa Cruz de La Palma, trial to decide the champions of each category of the Campeonato de Canarias (different from the Series Canarias). However, considering some discomfort I have been suffering for some days, I was obliged to limit my speed on the run course as a precaution; neverthless the swim was prepared in a different way, giving all I had to give.
We started the feet course at controlled rythme, staying in the rear part of the group, with a clear idea of what the objective of the trail was. Starting from the second lap of the first segment “I got warm” in some way and I was able to gain a lot of positions and I was preparing to achieve a better position around the swim course.
Altough the beach was very quiet and clean, that day we had to fight against the current and small but consistent waves that held back constantly due to the appearing gusts of wind. Thanks to the adverse water conditions – in which I use to swim and give it all – I achieved to make up 15 positions, coming out of the water fourth, well in advance of the group behind me and close enough to the first runners.
Finally, at the last segment I could only lose one position due to my careful aptitude in this trial, even if I felt better sensations than in the first race, I ended fifth in the general and first in the junior category, scoring the best partial of the swim and very happy to achieve my objective.
Saving energy for next week competition, the “Triathlon Sprint” of Santa Cruz de La Palma, where we are going to compete and give it all!
Many thanks to my sponsors and trainer for trusting me.