Day 1 of Graham’s big weekend of racing.
This would be my first tri of the season which was a low key event with only about 200 competitors, but I was using it as a test just to see how everything felt in a race scenario before we start going to the big races.
I had done a sea swim the previous weekend just to get a sense of the coldness of the water, so when I got into Dorney Lake, it was still a little bit cold for a softie like me, but after a 2-3 minute warm-up, it wasn’t too bad.
This was only a very short swim of 400mtrs, being a super sprint event so it was over & done with fairly quickly. I came out of my wave (the first one out of three waves) & Coach 2 said I was in 4th position then out onto the four lap, 21K(ish) bike course (by this time with my T1 being so slick, I was in 3rd!!). Coach 2 described the person I had overtaken as having burger & chips!!! Anyway, the only problem with the bike ride was the howling wind. No specific tail-wind, but it was just blowing across the lake so it made for a difficult four laps. I came into T2 in 5th place in my wave & stayed there for the rest of the race.
The run was only a two lap (5K up & back) run along the lake but still with this annoying side wind playing havoc. After my initial tentative start due to little niggles, I felt that I was running OK. By the time I started my second lap there was more people on the run course due to the other two waves joining in so I started to overtake a few more people.
My splits are:
Swim – 6:43
T1 – 0:32
Bike – 36:06
T2 – 0:26
Run – 20:35
Time – 1:04:22
Overall 15th out of 189 (3rd in my age group out of 41)