With his legs recovered from all his Stormin’ Gra decided to venture back into triathlon.
We had a nice (!) early start for this one, i.e. 3:45 even though this is a local race for us. This was because Coach 2 had to be there for 5am for marshalling duties. The only positive for this race is that I had my bike racked & ready to go by 5:15 & the race didn’t start until 7am.
This race is different in that there are five disciplines for this triathlon as it is a mile walk to the swim start, run/walk back to T1 after the swim & then the usually bike & run bit. So I headed off to the lake with plenty of time to spare & set up my wetsuit bag & run shoes by the lake in what was called the “Shoe Zone transition”. The lake temperature was a little bit bracing on the head, once I’d got in, but had a good 2-3mins to warm up. The swim was a one lap, 400mtr(ish) swim & had no untoward problems as the sprint race was not the biggest of fields.
Out of the swim, wetsuit off & into the bag. My arm warmers were already on under my wetsuit & decided to put some gloves on as the temperature was still on the chilly side for this time of the morning. On leaving transition my dad told me I was in 3rd place so ran off to Moyles Court to pick up my trusted steed for the one lap bike ride. I managed to catch the youngster up who had led the swim out on the airfield & flew past him. By this stage I had been caught & overtaken by a speed-demon who was never to be seen again but I did have a good battle with another chap all the way back to the School.
Into T2 & out onto the 5K one lap out & back run which was mostly off-road. This can only be described as constantly rolling. The gentleman who I had been battling with on the bike ran past me on the first climb but annoying he stayed about 100mtrs in front of me which annoying I couldn’t pull him back to me. The only good thing with out & back course while racing is that you can see how far your opposition is behind you, in this case they were all pretty close & looked like they were closing so I had to work oh so hard on the way home, but managed to stay in front of them.
My splits for this race are:
Swim – 8:47
T1 Run – 7:58
Bike – 57:22
Run – 22:08
Total Time – 1:36:17
Overall position – 3rd out of 53 & 1st in my age group (50-54)