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ITU World Triathlon AG Championships 2009 Gold Coast
Tue Sep 15, 2009 1:45 am savaloy
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My goal for the race was to put in a best performance. In terms of time, I was hoping for just under 2 hours – 20 minute swim, 60 minute bike, 37 minute run, 3 minutes transitions. In terms of position, I was not expecting to medal, but I believed a top 10 finish was a realistic. My strategy for the race was to exit the water near the front, try and keep my speed on the straight sections above 25 mph on the bike and put in a solid run.

After the aquathon on Wednesday I was buzzing. I had a restless night as a result. The next morning I swam the oly swim course as a loosener and after breakfast I strolled down to register for Saturday’s race and a team meeting . In the evening there was the parade of nations/opening ceremony which was great to be part of. Then there was the “G’Day” pasta party, followed by an early night. I’d spent most of Thursday in compression gear as my quads were a bit sore, but nothing that I believed wouldn’t subside by Saturday’s race. Again, I didn’t sleep particularly well as I found I was still pretty wired from the aquathon and all the congratulatory messages I received from friends and family on facebook, tri talk, in emails and texts. I therefore vowed that I would stay offline all day Friday in order to focus on the triathlon and get into a race mode again. In the morning I joined a couple of the guys (Adrian and Dan) from the Irish team for a pre race spin with a few sprints and a jog with a few strides. After stretching, we chatted whilst sitting in a nice cold pool, followed by the hot tub, repeating a few times, to help flush out my legs. I decided to watch the under 23 races online rather than out on the course as I wanted to stay off my legs and chill out at Holding Camp Slacko before setting off to rack my bike at about 4:30pm. I found it pretty easy to disassociate myself from the aquathon and as the day went on my legs felt pretty fresh. By the time I racked I was very relaxed and “in the zone”.

With an 8:47am start, I woke up at 5:30 for a 5:45 breakfast. Called the team manager at 6:30am to confirm whether it was a wettie swim or not – he confirmed it was. Left the house, met up with Adrian who was in my wave and strolled down to transition. Everything was going fine and dandy until I started to pour my sports drink/electrolyte into my aero bottle – cue, lid comes off and sports drink ends up all over my front wheel and the grass – fcuk Exclamation Decision taken to use my pre race drink in my aero bottle, which would mean I was down by 750ml sports drink before the off. Put that out of my mind and after setting up, I strolled up to the swim start. As it was a wetsuit swim, I decided to put the de soto arm coolers on underneath, which I picked up at the expo (in prep for next year’s 70.3 in Austria).

The swim was a beach start behind a rope – a first time for everything. There were 124 in the male 40-44 wave, which would make for an interesting start and race for the first buoy about 120 metres away. Horn goes off, a run down, dive in and then a biff-tastic few hundred metres before I finally managed to find some space. Being a stronger swimmer, I normally miss that type of action, but the strength in depth meant that there was a fair group of swimming all at my level. I was still pretty relaxed though and worked my way into (what I thought) was the lead group, although I subsequently found there was a guy out on his own in front who posted a sub 19 minute swim. I exited the water with a group of 5 or 6 and crossed the T1 mat at 20:22, which was in line with my expectations and had me in 7th position. I had a little problem finding my bike as my bag had been confiscated (whoops Embarassed ) which threw me a little. I was still getting my wettie off when I saw Colin Dixon fly past with his bike. A reasonably long transition made for a 1:58 T1 time, about 30 seconds down on my allowance.




Onto the bike and I was ready for work. Got into a good rhythm and there was a few guys in my AG in sight all travelling at a similar speed. Shortly after, a group of 25-29AG guys came past on their second lap, at which point a few guys joined on and proceeded to fly off in the distance, which freaked me out. Before I had time to think about it, I met some congestion at the road works, so backed off. The next thing I recall was a group of guys trying to get through the congestion, although they didn’t until the road opened up a bit, and then flew off - as we all had our calves marked with AG categories, I could see that the majority of the group were in my AG. Great – about 10 minutes down and I’ve now dropped about 30 places Sad At that point I pretty much knew I was out of the mix, so I just concentrated on working at my intended race pace and keeping legal. This was the best part of the race for me and I was able to hold about 26 mph and had some good uncongested parts of the road to soak up the good conditions and do my own thing. Before the turn point I saw the two packs coming back on their first return legs – it looked to me that the bike marshals were unable to split the groups up which was disappointing, but I just put it out of my mind. The rest of the race was pretty uneventful for me, apart from a third pack of guys passing me on the second lap. My bike split was 62:06, so two minutes down on my expectations which I attribute to the congestion more than anything else. T2 was a 1:46, so a bit down on my 1:30 allowance. I entered T2 in 52nd, oh dear Sad

Into the run and my strategy was to take the first 5k steady and see what was left for the second 5k. I knew that I was out of the mix (although not by how much) but based on the time my bike computer, I reckoned that a 2:02/2:03 was still on the cards – a good rule of thumb for me is to add an hour to my bike time and that will give me an indication of my overall time. I felt reasonably comfortable, but after about 3k I started to cramp in my quads, calves and thighs – WTF Confused never had that before. I reckoned that if I stopped to stretch I would seize up all together and that if I tried to force the pace I’d spasm, so I just focussed at working at my pace. I managed to keep at(at least I thought) the same pace. Cramping aside, the atmosphere and shouts of support from the crowd were great and made for an enjoyable run. I had no idea of my final time, but the finish line was a relief – no hamming it up on the line this time though LOL Very Happy Very Happy


Although my legs weren’t in a good place, I didn’t feel too bad. However, as I thought I was on the verge of seizing up, I went straight into the medical tent and got me a saline drip and some ice cold water and had a check up Cool . Slightly raised temperature and elevated HR, but not too bad. After about 30 minutes, I went to the recovery area and back to transition and retrieved my bag from the confiscation zone. Switched my mobile phone on and sent a text to Helen to let her know I was safe, although my race hadn’t gone to plan. She’d beaten me to it though and I then discovered through her text that I was 54th with a time of 2:08:22 – ouch!!! Evil or Very Mad She said that I looked pretty knackered at the finish. So, a 42:10 run split – over 5 minutes down on my expectations and an all time worst.

Looking at the results afterwards was an eye opener and the rolling time after the bike split confirmed that there were three distinct groups of riders coming into T2 – the first with 20 riders and then a couple of smaller groups - linky here http://www.championchip.hu/eredmenyek/detailed.php?categories=M40&timingpoint=TimeTZB&iframe=&eventid=GCage09DAd&lang=en

Some of the times posted and bike splits were surprising. I saw that a sub 2hr time would have given me 15th – the winning time was 1:54:54 = splits were 18:55/1:31/58:44/1:13/34:31 by Greg Cox (AUS) and Colin Dixon came 3rd with a 1:55, 22 seconds down. I actually think that the winner and Colin got swallowed up by the first pack as I could see that guys that were with me at the first part of the ride came in with them in the first group of riders.

Although I underperformed on the day and, yes, I'm disappointed with my result/time, I did actually enjoy the race and I learnt a hell of a lot from the experience. When I was riding out on my own I was in a happy place. The drafting was a shock, but I’m not angry about it, just surprised.

In the afternoon I chilled out with some beers with Paul and Al at the house and followed the race on the TV. An awesome performance and race – the swimming was amazing and then the running smackdown was epic. Evening involved a party with the Irish team (except the sprint guys) and a Guinness fuelled sleep. On Sunday morning I went out for a recovery spin with Paul on his mountain bike before a bbq breakfast and packing my bike. Whilst on my ride I watched some more packs on the sprint Rolling Eyes Exclamation Again watched the women’s race on tv before the medal ceremony and closing party. Another great race and really impressed with how well organised the lead pack of girls was on the bike.

Monday was spent packing, doing some present shopping before Paul dropped me at the airport. It was cool that the Brownlees, Hollie Avil and Will Clarke were on the plane. Had a chat with Miss Avil at Dubai airport and congratulated her on her win. Lovely lass.

So, did I enjoy my 40th birthday present in Oz? Spending a relaxing week with Helen, training at convenience, enjoying fantastic conditions and facilities, meeting and being hosted by some truly special people in Paul and Al, Kerry, Dave and Sophie at Holding Camp Slack, making the podium and getting my 5 minutes of fame for the aquathon, being part of a fantastic event and seeing the racing of the highest quality at the short course distance – what do you think? I think that the only thing that would have been better was if Helen and the kids had been there when I crossed the line on Wednesday Smile


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Daz – yes, I’ll try and work on uploading the video onto YouTube and if I can’t, I’ll send you in on a memory stick.
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Tue Sep 15, 2009 7:55 am Slacko
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Sorry to hear your race didn't go to plan, I'm shocked that drafting wasn't punished at the WCs!

Glad you enjoyed your Oz experience though and that the staff at Camp Slacko looked after you well. Very Happy
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Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:12 am Poet
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Awesome stuff, Matt.
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I think you did an amazingly well and the most important of all you've learnt lots. Time to put feet up.
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