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windsor race report
Fri Jun 20, 2008 5:47 am iainm
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i am so slow at updating my blog. i'm only working 3 days a week now, which doesn't leave me any spare time at work, and when i'm not at work those pesky kids tend to get in the way. but an early start - woken up by the boy, he went back to sleep, i didn't - so here we go...

was feeling pretty optimistic of a PB at windsor after my solid training week in chamonix plus a test session in the pool in my new 2xu v1 wetsuit. this suit is fast, i was doing 66m repeats in the pool in 60secs instead of 68-70 normally. so therefore i must set a new swim pb right? errr, wrong. my prep for the race was fine. don't like tapering, but managed to keep my volume down, with just a few race pace/faster than race pace 30-90 sec bursts during the week. avoided caffeine for the final 60 hours. in fact the only thing wrong with my prep was 1) i managed to rack my bike in the wrong position something which i only found out when 2) i realised i couldn't find my car keys and had to retrace my steps. Embarassed this was my 53rd triathlon and i've never mis-racked before. the irony is that when i got to 1790, competitor 1730 had already racked there, so i moved his bike and put mine in position. later on the real 1790 turned up and kindly moved me to 1690.

anyway, despite numptiness on saturday, on race day all went smoothly and got in the water early before my wave to warm up a bit. first thing i noticed was the current. it definitely was not normally this strong. if i'd just been treading water i would be drifting backwards...quickly. it didn't really change my tactics though, which were to get over to the bank and draft. easy. ha! yes, got to the bank, but drafting? not at all. but i felt reasonably smooth and with the knowledge that i was in a super fast suit felt i must be progressing well. had a bit of struggle getting past the turn buoy as the current was so strong there, but they stuck to the middle of the river on the way back, again no drafting, but it felt smooth. gutted then when glanced at my watch, hoping it would say 28.xx min and it was already 30something. bollox - 'it's not about the suit' lance would say. so not even into T1 and i could pretty much tell that my sub2.20 goal was pretty much over, so two remaining goals now -top 15 age group and a new PB on the course. T1 went pretty smoothly, had not put my shoes on the bike as i've never managed to master this one, so bit of click-clack to get to the mount point, but then quickly up to speed. my formal split (including T1) was 32.40, 439th best of 1682.

i love the windsor bike course, as it really suits me. no real hills, but no pancake flat, so on the uphill section it's just out of the saddle and push. only one bike passed me, and for much of the race ended up playing cat and mouse with two other pointy hatted chaps, who turned out to be daz and funkster from this forum. i felt good and although i'd cocked up my lap splits on my watch (sent it away to get a new battery and pretty much forgot how it worked in the meantime), i could tell from the bike computer that i was on for a good time. T2 went smoothly, feet felt a bit numb, but passed the timing mat onto the run in 1.06.44. this turned out to the 39th best bike split. fantastic! i put it all down to extra cycle strength from the chamonix trip.

out onto the run and i remember my first race at windsor when that hill seemed like a mountain. after running on the petit balcon nord in chamonix, it's hardly noticable, and i told myself as such on each lap. lap 1 was a bit sluggish, but as i felt more confident i picked up the pace as i could see a sub 42 might be possible and i was def in with a shout of a new PB overall. if it wasn't for that pesky finish shoot i could have done a 41.something, but finished strong on 42.24 (154th) to give 2.21.48 overall. that was a new pb by 25 secs (on last year) and...15th in my age group. Smile

so, all targets apart from the swim hit. maybe i should accept that i'm good at cycling, okay at running and just be happy with that and not worry about the swim, but i'm giving away a lot of places/time on the swim. i find swim training boring, but you pay your money and you take your choice. i should at least make an effort! watch this space...

mmm, those compression socks don't look very sexy do they!
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Fri Jun 20, 2008 6:34 am savaloy
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Great report Iain - worth the wait Wink and well done - I reckon the swim was between 15 and 20% slower than a lake swim for me and, although this was my first time doing Windsor, I understand that most people's swim times were down. Entries are now open for next year.....
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Fri Jun 20, 2008 6:42 pm Daz
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Nice report.
I DID think the 2XUs funster was wearign looking pretty cool (for stockings) and hopefully will have a pair this weekend. If yours were grey/silver to match your top theyd be great. MAybe you could dye them! Very Happy
Good fun on the bike. Every time I thought Id broken you both, Id find you both passing several mins later. I guess you and Funster had the same experience.
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Tue Jul 15, 2008 3:47 pm iainm
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sadly it's a valid point about the stocking, and i ahve now bought a pair of the 2XU ones. so, so vain... Sad
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About Iain
I'm a 50 year old triathlete and runner, competing since 1992. I have competed in 119 triathlons and 20 marathons (including 6 ultras). I am supported by Profeet - sports footwear and orthotics specialists.
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