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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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7oaks Triathlon 19-04-2009
Mon Apr 20, 2009 3:51 pm hammerer
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I got up at 6am for a big bowl of porridge and honey and a mug of tea before getting myself ready for the off. Drunk about 500ml of Go electrolyte on the way to the event and arrived at about 7:45 ready to register and rack the bike. As we set off it was glorious sunshine but the minute I got out of the car at Sevenoaks I was shivering. It was freezing and I immediately became concerned for the bike. I decided to leave my long sleeve bike shirt in transition just in case as I didn’t fancy 25km freezing cold and wet!
At 9am I went poolside to collect my timing chip and to queue ready for the start. I was then asked to go to lane six and was in the pool almost immediately. The water was very warm, so I knew it wasn’t going to be fast. I had made a decision not to go too hard as for 400m the difference would be just a few seconds so I was just going to concentrate on an efficient smooth stroke. The bloke in front was given a 12.5m start and off I went. Before the end of the length I was already tapping his feet and getting slowed down but I passed quickly and carried on. Within 4 lengths I was to catch the other swimmer and this also held me up a little but again was allowed past at the end of the length. The swim went very quickly as you’d expect and when I got to 14 lengths the lane counter forgot to put my 2 length sign into the water, so I was concerned I would be doing 18 lengths or had miscounted myself. As I completed the 16 again no board was put in and as I turned I was tapped and apologised to and told I had finished. Oh well. My watch said 7:25 as I exited the water but I believe the timing mat was on the exit of the leisure centre as I was timed at 8mins dead.
As I exited into transition I was frozen. I took my time in T1 getting my jersey on and out I went with a time of 1:40 I quickly mounted but it was evident with the first climb that I was struggling for power as another athlete went past me with ease. I just didn’t feel strong and was having to spin the bike. I can only put this down to the cold. After about a mile the downhill’s start and River Hill was sheer joy. I hit 45mph down here and was flying. This helped to dry the trisuit so I was warming up nicely thankfully, although the feet were cold! After River Hill we had a flattish section before turning left into the country lanes for a beautifully scenic ride, although the road surface was terrible in a lot of places. The potholes had been brightly marked yellow but the actual road was very rutted in places, and on some of the hills it made it difficult to get any momentum going. During the ride there were two right hander’s and unfortunately on both I had to have a foot down moment due to cars. The excellent marshalling gave me plenty of warning that i would need to stop, and also they were there so that you could go through them quickly if you were a bit luckier with traffic than I was.
After 9miles we hit the killer climb of the race and it was a drag. It was at this point Schedboy went past me and seemed to be going well! As I approached what I thought was the brow of the hill it seemed to stay just as hard. It was a deceiving bit of road that looked like it was going downhill but wasn’t. Very strange and quite demoralising as it starts you asking questions of yourself. I answered those questions by pushing on and getting into T2 with a rather poor bike time of 55:07.
As I got into T2 I removed my bike top and set out for the run. I got through transition a lot quicker this time in 46secs. Out of T2 was a short hill and then it was a loop around the car park and into the park. There was a very steep slippery path down which I had to walk as I kept slipping, but once through I then set off on the run. The first few hundred meters were across the grass before it turned sharply and up a very steep incline up towards the house. This just seemed to go on and on before levelling out for a few feet and turning left up another long steady incline. At this point i was thinking, “how can I keep this up”. Tough is not the word, but looking out over the park and across the valleys of undulating Kent countryside, I thought to myself “how good is this”. This was just the sort of positive thinking I needed as eventually I got to the two mile marker and some undulating terrain where I found my run legs and started to up the pace. The first two miles had taken me 20mins so hardly quick! At about 3 miles there was a welcome water stop and the road turned right and started heading back down towards the finish. Basically after about a mile and half we had headed off and done a 2mile loop before return to the 1.5mile marker. This next part was nice as it was downhill and you knew you were heading home. Once I rounded the bottom of the steep hill I headed across the grass field before getting to the steep slippery hill. Getting up it was easier than getting down, but it hurt loads. It was then out into the car park for the sprint round to the finish and a time of 1:51:58 and a run split of 46:24. I was happy with the second part of the run, but the bike left me deflated. I should have been at least 5 mins quicker, but the cold seemed to affect a lot of people as my time wasn’t that slow with a ranking of 115, suggesting the bike was tough and I wasn’t so bad after all.
Discussing the run with a couple friends after we agreed that the times could easily relate to a flat 10km which I feel is accurate and pleasing considering the lack of running so far this year, and the swim was ok. I could have done that speed for 1500m. Not a bad outing at this stage of the year and I have weaknesses to address and a good base point to start the season. Sub 2:30 is still on!

Swim 8:00
T1 1:40
Bike 55:07
T2 0:46
Run 46:24
Total 1:51:58

Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:21 pm Slacko
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Nice one! The bike legs always take a a mile or 2 to warm up at this time of year. I always keep a relatively low gear and high cadence until I feel the blood has found it's way to my quads before I push on.

My first tri of the year is still over 2 months away, hopefully it'll be warmer then! Very Happy
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Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:12 pm Sue
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well youve discussed bike with folk n found not that bad as you thought
so yes, work on getting faster but dont be hard on yourself --onwards n upwards Wink

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