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In 2002 i ruptured my ACL and MCL playing football and was told i would not be having an op on the NHS and could never play again (along with many other things!)... After doing some freeride / downhill MTB'ing for a couple of years, I starting to swim again in August 07 and thought, i cycle, i swim...all i need to do is run a about earning a little money for charity and sign up for the London Oly! I went on to enjoy my first season in tri so much I have done a 2nd, gone sub 2:30 for an Olympic distance got round an ironman and am still going!
When not training I can be seen at the Boleyn Ground being a long suffering season ticket holder at the 1966 World cup winners West Ham Rolling Eyes
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Blenheim Tri
Mon Jun 09, 2008 4:01 pm hammerer
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What a wonderful weekend. For anyone that hasnt done this event i would highly recommend it. We travelled up Saturday morning and stayed in a hotel just outside of Woodstock. After a lovely Saturday looking around the picturesque village, eating afternoon tea with the best scones i have ever had and a dinner of fresh caught local trout i settled down to a night in a strange bed! I got up 7am and had to use the picnic for the day for my pre race breakfast. The hotel didnt serve breakfast till 8am and that was going to be too late for me. Bread, avocado and a GO bar. Again not the best preperation as usually i eat porrige honey and banana. We got to Blenheim about 8:30 to get set up. What a spectacular setting. Had a relaxing walk around for a bit and then it was time for the walk to the swim start for 10:40 race. We had to be there 20mins before for a comedy sketch of a race breifing. The guy really tried hard to make the nervous few relax. Yet another example of superb, friendly marshalling throughout the whole event. After slowly frying in the wetsuit we made our way to the 15 deg lake and it was cold but not too bad. Ive swam in worse this year!
It was a strange pack at the start. A lot of people over to the front right, and many hanging back so i was bang in the middle with lots of clear water around. if only it stayed that way Wink After the hooter went off i quickly got into a very good rhythm and was swimming well untill about 200m in when i caught some of the slower front runners. This held me up letting others catch me from behind. Result was mayhem for nearly 300m. I was kicked, hit on the back of the head, nearly lost goggles and hat, had me feet grabbed, i kicked and fought back but it really unsettled my rhythm and slowed me down a lot. Getting to the turn buoy i remembered something i read about going onto your side facing away from the buoy to turn backwards. It seemed to work as i got a lot of space and managed to swim well into T1. Time 16:02 which was dissapointing as a time for me considering how well i've been swimming of late, but the 300m of biff didnt help Rolling Eyes . Next up was the 400m uphill run into T1. 4m20s i took for this and it wasnt too bad, but then out onto the bike where my problems really started. Got away quite well but the next hill just past the Vanbrugh bridge i had to go up onto my hoods as i had terrible stomach cramps. This was bad as cycling is my strongest discipline Sad I tried to take on some nuun but my body just wouldnt take it, i had to spit it out and couldnt get any fluid in me. I was feeling sick and totally lacked energy. I proceeded to struggle up the hills and power down them to try and make up for the lost time, but it was like this for most of the 2nd lap also. Towards the end of the 2nd lap i started to feel a lot better and during lap 3 got about 100ml of fluid on and managed to get more aero. This saved my time a bit but 41:23 was slow by my standards. I dismounted ok and got into T2 and suddenly felt terrible again. I was very nearly sick whilst putting on my running shoes and thoughts just went onto preservation and finishing rather than meeting my target 1hr30mins. I took T2 slowly because of this and posted 2m07. So onto the run and no jelly legs as such, just debilitating stomach cramps and a stitch...again. The next 1/2 hour was hell! It all started with a crossing of the abtly named "bridge of hell" which was a bridge over the bike course. Not the best thing to start a 5.5km hilly run at the best of times. At least there was a water station right there and i got some much needed fluid down me (and on me) as the heat was intense at that point! the first lap was hard and i found the downhills as hard as the uphills. Strange but i found myself running with a strange action trying to put the brakes on. I should have let gravity take me, but i haven't run much downhill. The flooded lane was good at the bottom though followed by a well placed water station. Then the long uphill slog back to the palace. I could have stopped there but i had another lap to go. Yet more pain Twisted Evil As the second lap went on I started to feel a bit better and as I got to the bottom of the hill and the welcome "puddle break" I started to feel good. There were some people I was catching and I actually got into my normal 5km pace again. Same thing happened at Eton..1.5 k to go and I feel good again. I powered Rolling Eyes up the hill overtaking a number of struggling runners and round the bend by the palace. 400m to go and I could see the finish. I upped the pace again and the pain had gone to be replaced by joy. In front there were two people I was catching and I went for the sprint finish 200m out and caught them both. We all had a mad sprint to the finish...I may have lost out to them in the end but it did give me some satisfaction at the end of tough race. 31:05 for the run with a total time of 1h34m55s. Well below my target of 1h30m but i didnt plan on stomach problems for most of the race. I finished with a smile and some pain, but i wouldnt give this up for the world. What a sense of achievement to run through the kind of pain I had, even if it is a "sprint". If I feel this bad after a sprint though I dread to think how hard London olympic will be, especially if it is hot.

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Sav, great to see you again Sunday. Well done on a good race and see you again soon!

Paul, thanks...I didnt race well , but i had to be strong Very Happy

Slacko, swimmings been going well, now to nail the run Rolling Eyes

Mon Jun 09, 2008 5:09 pm Angelina
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Stomach problems can be awful - I had similar experience at the last half IM. Hope it doesn't happen again.
Mon Jun 09, 2008 5:51 pm savaloy
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I would say that Blenheim is a tougher course than London - the worse thing at London last year was the heat on the run. If it takes you 3-4k to find your run legs, you're going to be on fire come the 10k in August Cool My theory on your guts is a combination of adrenalin and unfamiliar food leading up to the race.
Swim smart, Bike strong, Run tough

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