Juliet Vickery is lining up a shot at this year’s Newmarket Triathlon as she nears a full return to competitive action following a lengthy lay-off, writes Graham Clark.
The 49 year old from Reach has earmarked a shot at the sprint distance event in May in a bid to get back into the sport after spending the past 12 months recovering from an operation on her right Achilles.
“After having the operation I was initially told that I would be jogging in three months, and racing in six months, but that has not been the case,” said Vickery.
“I can just about do 20 minutes of running on it now and have been doing plenty of strength building exercises.
“I feel I could run five kilometres but not the 10 of an Olympic distance triathlon.”
Should all go well in the Newmarket event, which is made up of a 300m pool swim, 22k cycle ride and 4k run, then the former 2008 ITU World Triathlon age category winner, could take on the qualifiers for this year’s ITU Sprint Distance World Triathlon Championships.
“I will see how my foot holds out at Newmarket but if it does then I would head to Northampton in June for the World Sprint Triathlon qualifiers,” said Vickery.
“Although it is not as competitive as an Olympic distance triathlon it would be good to try and reach the final as it is being held in London this year.”
While running may have been out of the equation for Vickery over the past 12 months it has not stopped the Newmarket Cycling and Triathlon Club member from getting on her bike and taking to the water.
With her increased cycling efforts it has seen Vickery sign up for the 400 mile London to Edinburgh cycle contest, along with setting out numerous milestones she hope to hit during time trial events throughout 2013.
“I have definitely improved on my cycling and this is because I have been able to give it more focus as I haven’t been doing the running,” said Vickery.
“This year I would like to get my 25 mile time-trial personal best down by two minutes.
“I would like also to lower my 50 mile time-trial from two hours ten minutes which I set last year.
“As for the 100 if I could get under five and a half hours that would be fantastic.”