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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!
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Bananaman - 20th July 2008
Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:15 am hammerer
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The day of my third tri started badly. I woke early at 6 o'clock this morning after a good nights sleep. I thought to myself "30mins left". I then woke at 7:30 when I am meant to be leaving at 7:45! Went to the cupboard but no porridge left. Typical, so ate 3 shredded wheat with honey. I must be tougher than Henry Cooper (If you're old enough you will remember Laughing ) 500ml of SIS GO electrolyte for the journey and a SIS GO bar. Got there about 9:30 and registered. Pink wave. Nice swim hat Very Happy Anyone who has raced at Dorney will know about the wind and it was strong. Up the tank it was blowing a gale so the first half of every bike lap was going to be a struggle. The water was very choppy and the wind made the air quite cold. Grey clouds hinted we might get rain too so was starting to doubt my wisdom of choosing a race in the middle of the British summer Wink Racked my bike and was ready for an 11am start. Got into the water and it was quite cold but a bit of a warm up and i was soon O.K. We were called to the start for the briefing and it was time for the off.

As you cans see it was the typical washing machine and as usual I am bang in the middle. I struggle to get a rhythm to the first buoy and sighting is almost impossible with the waves bashing the face every time you look up. The water was very rough. I turn well and am ok to the second buoy where I turn and have caught a group that proceed to hold me up for the next 150 meters to the shore. I get out of the water after the first 400m lap in 8min26s and then have to run along transition out onto a platform and perform the first dive Iíve done since a ten year old.

This was difficult whilst laughing at all the other comedy dives I was watching. I had a lovely swim in this section and couldnít believe the lack of people around me until I look up and realise how off course I am. Triathlon Classic mistake, not sighting properly, which was due to not being able to see over the waves when I tried anyway! I rectify this and again end up in a group at which point I see the man in front take a whack to the face, his goggles went flying and he had to stop. At least I gained a position Laughing So out of the water with a second lap (including run and comedy dive) in 10mins for a total swim of 18m26s. Very disappointing.
For the first time in a race I had my shoes ready clipped as I remembered the nightmare transition at Dorney with a short sharp hill to bike mount so got out in 1m32s which was an improvement.

Now for the 30.6km 6 lap ride and the first half a lap was hard. I was very cold and wet, and going into a very strong wind. I was keeping in a high gear ratio so I could spin and was only hitting around 15mph so I had to push harder. There was nothing you could do. Was getting around 18mph but when I hit the long bend at the end of the tank I suddenly had the wind with me and put the bike in top gear and flew. I hit 30mph quite easy. And made a decision then that I would try and spin on the way up the tank and push with the wind to get the time back. At least this way I would conserve some energy for my nemesis, the run Laughing

I settled into a nice rhythm on the bike but the traffic was a problem. We had the Team championships going on and they were allowed to draft so we had some very quick bikes flying past and overtaking the slower ones was a problem as you had 3 to get past. At times some of the less experienced teams were riding three abreast chatting and it was quite risky overtaking some of the weaving MTBís, but nothing too major. I noticed a bit of drafting which annoyed me because of how strong the wind was. It was a massive advantage. I noticed one bloke shouting at another on the bike something along the lines of stop sucking my f***** wheel, and I noticed along the drag up the tank someone on mine so I waved him past which he did for me to then rip past him when I had the wind with me Very Happy

After 4 laps I had swallowed an SIS Go Gel as I had planned to practice refueling in race conditions and see how my body reacted. In training Iíd tried these a lot and they work well. It seemed OK and I noticed that there was a group of us on the bikes that had been together for much of the ride, I was feeling good so thought Iíd put the hammer down into the wind for the last couple of laps to see if I could get a bit of a lead, and test digestion at above threshold pace. We were hitting 21-22 mph into the wind at one point and flying back at over 30. Trouble was they upped there pace as well.

As I come into transition, I left the shoes clipped in and performed a dismount at quite some speed I left the group running in there cleats and I was in and out of transition in 1m10s after a 30.6km biked of 56m12s which was very pleasing. During the bike I drank 250ML of SIS Go electrolyte and about the same of water. I went out onto the run quite easy and refused water at the start of the run as I didnít want to cause any stitch or cramping problems.

Was running well though keeping aerobic and felt quite good. I went upo and down the tank for the first 2.5km in what seemed like no time at all and I checked my watch and it said 1h31m so I was on for under 2hrs, which was a mini goal of mine. I decided to up the pace and felt very good I as overtaking people on the run, and was only being overtaking occasionally by the typical whippets Laughing

I had another gel after about 4 km but just again to make sure I could handle it in a race situation on the run. The plan for London is 20-25km on the bike and 5km into the run. As I came in at the end of the second lap I checked the watch again and it was 1h44m so thought 12mins for this lets get a 1h56. I pushed and my quads were starting to ache, but this was a nice pain. I have never had to go through muscular pain in a tri before and it was pleasant. Twisted Evil Better than the agonising of one foot at a time crippling stomach cramp / stitch runs of the previous two tris. As I round the turn with 1.25km to go I knew I was home and upped the pace a bit more including a sprint for the line.

Checked my watch and I came home in 1hr55m46s with a 38m23s run. The last 5km I completed in a 5km P.B. of < 25mins and I negative split each lap of the run with a 14m, 13m and <12m laps. I really enjoyed the run as I could perform how I knew I could and if I had a bit more confidence in the first lap and half could have gone 35min, which for me is a miracle.

800m swim (with comedy run and dive) 18:26 276 / 430
T1 1:32
30.6km bike 56:12 87 / 430
T2 1:10
7.5km run 38:23 282 / 430
Total 1:55:46 170 / 430 (43 / 81 AG)


Jon I want to know what the postmen thought delivering letters to "Bananaman" in Surbiton Laughing

Sue I will be careful with the gardening. I have the excuse of being a bit sore for a couple days now Wink

Sav, thanks and i did enjoy it this time Twisted Evil

Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:39 am MoJon
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i'm gonna stop making weather predictions - that wind looks savage!

glad you had a fun day - diving is never fun!
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Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:45 am Poet
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Sounds like you really enjoyed your race - and what do you mean about the weather? The pictures make it look lovely, great setting too. I enjoy 'circuit' racing as opposed to racing in some nondescript suburban area!
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