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Eton Super Sprints 17/05/2009
Mon May 18, 2009 11:28 am hammerer
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I got up at 6:45 for Eton sprints the return. Targets were to beat last yearís times in all 3 disciplines and overall, and best effort a sub 1:10 may be on the cards. When I looked outside the sun was shining, the wind still and I had a sneaky thought that the conditions look good for my goals. I ate a big bowl of porridge and honey, mug of tea and sorted two bottles of Go electrolyte. Set off at 7:55 and within ten minutes I felt the wind blowing the car and the clouds closing in. Within fifteen minutes i had trouble seeing due to the rain and it didnít stop. I Arrived at Dorney around 9am to see torrential downpours and gale force winds. Great just what i needed. I steadily sipped at one of the bottles on the way to the event.
The long walk to transition was an event in itself and I was cold and wet before I had even registered. I watched the scootathons from transition and the kiddies didnít look too put off with the conditions but then they wouldnít be hitting 25mph+ in torrential rain. I left my bike on the rack and took all my stuff inside and the plan was to leave setting up as late as possible to keep my shoes dry, a fruitless exercise it turned out.
With about 20mins to the planned off at 10:35 I went downstairs to Transition and I had possibly the worst position at the furthest point from bike in and out. I set up bike shoes on the bike and laid my trainers next to it. I covered the trainers with my transition towel to try and keep them dry, and left my glasses and number belt inside my helmet as usual on my tri bars.
It was then time to enter the water and after saying good luck to the athletes around me we entered what was quite a tepid lake. , cold but Iíve been in a lot worse. Water was rough for a lake and the rain was still coming down. I positioned myself near the front left as I thought that would be a nice quick exit, but I was wrong. The claxon went off and the washing machine begun. Within 5 strokes 3 people had swum straight across me. I had to swim over two of them but as I came up to breath to the left I was hit pushing my head back under the water. I took a lung full of lake water which made me cough. It knocked me for six, and I had to compose myself before trying to get back into a nice rhythm. As its only 400m it isnít very long before the first turn so the field is still very compact and turning was a mass of flailing limbs kicking and punching their way around. Got a foot in the face here but I then managed to get a little bit of a stroke going before the second buoy. This went without much of a hitch and it was the drag back to shore. I actually had a bit of space here but my swim had already been disturbed and I just couldnít get my stroke going. I exited the water in 7:53 and into T1.
My bike was racked next to the swim exit and I hadnít even had time to get the top half of the wetsuit down which threw me a bit. I got it off easily due to using baby oil gel on my lower legs and arms, a trick I learnt just a few weeks back from Mike at Team Outrageous. Better than Bodyglide! As I put my bike glasses on i realised that they were covered in water, pretty obvious considering the rain but this really distracted me. I tried to clean the lenses and the inserts on my trisuit but it didnít work so i just chucked them on and hoped they would clear themselves. Getting out of T1 was a mission due to the length of the run and the fact I couldnít see. I mounted OK and quickly got my feet into the shoes but each of the turns was dangerously wet. There was standing water all around the course. On one bend a marshal was slowing people down. The wind was howling across the lake and seemed to be permanently against me. The 50mm wheels were a bit of a handful on some parts of the course but I managed to keep the bike in a straight line. I was conscious of holding back on the bike due to the conditions but felt real strong throughout. I knew I could go much faster but lying on the ground next to a bike was not going to get me a p.b. The first lap went well in about 9mins and I kept at this steady pace throughout laps two and three with the only incident being when lapping another two riders, one of whom was overtaking the other. I called ďon your rightĒ but he swerved straight into my path. I ended up onto the curb, but luckily I avoided the grass which would have meant a rather nasty fall at over 20mph. The only person who overtook me for the whole 20km was "Yeoman", who was on his 4th lap while me on 3. As he slowed to remove shoes as he approached transition though I got my lap back Very Happy
Fourth lap was again reasonably uneventful with me spinning the last kilometre ready for T2. During the bike I was steadily drinking 500ml of Go from my new profile aero bottle which really did help with drinking. It meant I could regularly sip from the bottle without coming off the bars, and in them conditions was a lot safer I imagine.
I finished the bike in 40:08 (inc T1 and T2!) and was quickly out of T2. A lot better than T1 anyhow!
I headed out onto the run course and knew I was feeling fresh. Maybe the enforced slower bike had been a godsend. It took me about a km to get flowing but after the first turn at 1.25km I upped the pace and only one person overtook me on lap one. This is most unlike me. I got to the turnaround at the end of lap 1, and new a p.b. was guaranteed it was just by how much. I upped the pace again and at 3.75km I turned and headed for home feeling really good. I really pushed now as I knew I was running faster than any 5km I had previously. I passed a couple people but more important no one was catching me and I sprinted through the line with a 5km time of 23:32 and a total of 1:11:33. This was a p.b. on the course by 4m51s. I was well pleased but within 15mins I was thinking what went wrong and how even in the poor conditions I could have broke 1:10. With good conditions there were another 5mins to be found but with a better swim and T1 I could have found the two minutes needed. Obviously, I am being over critical and should be pleased of the improvement I have made, and even in the worst conditions I have ever raced in I was still so much quicker than last year. The signs are good for the rest of the season.

edit with times :-
Swim 7:53
bike (t1 and t2) 40:08 (T1 time was 2:03 as i see this on the big screen after my race just before the system crash)
run 23:32

therefore run was not sub 23 as thought...something to work on Very Happy
total 1:11:33

~   Last edited by hammerer on Tue May 19, 2009 9:54 am; edited 1 time in total
Mon May 18, 2009 11:43 am Wheezy
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Well done mate Smile Sprint swims seem particulary aggressive and rough and tumble. Mad All good news for the rest of the season. Smile
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Mon May 18, 2009 2:00 pm Carlito
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Well done hammerer. Always good to find things to improve as well.
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