Carlos Sosa at Triathlon International Dakhla – Morocco – 16 December 2016
Here is Carlos’s reportage of his first International Triathlon Competition!
“They say best events are those unplanned and that was! The African Cup – Triathlon International of Dakhla, Morocco, has been competed on sprint distance on very speed and flat tours, with a lot of wind and swell. This was my first international triathlon in elite category, and considering that I am starting the season I can be satisfied even if I left with a bittersweet in my mouth.
A swimming without wetsuit (that was not so easy) with a big level neck and neck, as much as there was one only group, facing so many swells.
Stone stairs, boxes area and running to the bike, the head position started very strong and ahead of me and couldn’t reach their rythm. I found myself completely alone against the wind and fought and fought to reach them but I couldn’t, the group was so big and they pulled a lot. Then, after some kilometre, I had a look behind and I saw Antón Ruanova, I decided to let me catch up and share the war. After the first lap and the shortest one of the two, we turned off and went towards a way that was not the right one and avoiding some cars that were on the circle, we had to go back and lost a lot time. At half full of the second lap, we were reached by a Danish athlete and at that point we were 3 in our war, well understanding with the relief and could go a little bit better even if wasn’t enough to reach the heading position leadered by Uxio. Last tour toward destination and buum, a crush and then the lactic acid won on me…I didn’t hang on their squeeze and I remained alone, at any rate lightly with wind in my favour.
I arrived at T2 a little bit desoriented – we arrived at Dakhla the same day at 4 am and the competition started at 1 pm, so we couldn’t attend the technical meeting of the previous day and we didn’t almost see the circuit – and I still don’t know why, but I stumbled putting the foot on the ground and fell on the bike (first fall on it!), I hit the low back and the ankle and I did some cuts on the feet with the flat spokes of the wheels. I stood up as I could with the encouragment and astonishment of the audience and of my friend Pablo Cardona, that was there when I fell down, I went trotting as I could to leave the bike in the box, limping and sighing with pain, I left the bicycle in the box, my glasses fell down and I took my time in order to wear my shoes avoiding that the wounds, already blooding, would hurt me so much. At last I wore the glasses, I limped, got out of the boxes animated by the support that I felt profoundly, I reached to gain a little rythm, then I decided to clear my mind – head-on, body straight and I gritted my teeth-; I didn’t arrive from Gran Canaria to allow my pride to loosen.
I arrived to the goal, happy for standing up against adversities and satisfied for carrying the match through to the end. I think I did all I could, and that is what makes you grow up, step by step, and more and more, both as athlete and person. They say that not only we have to enjoy the destination but even the path, and that’s something that every time more and more I realize.”
Really, this competition has been strong and hard, with a lot of adversities, but our Carlos is strong and focused and we are really proud of him! Thank you Carlos for sharing with us your experience!