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London Triathlon 02/08/2009
Mon Aug 03, 2009 12:50 pm hammerer
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I woke at 5am after a pretty sleepless night. I then started to get ready but got distracted by a crying baby that was desperate for more milk. This set me back quite a bit and I was beginning to think it wasnít going to be my day. I even contemplated whether I wanted to go as I was now running very late. I rushed down some cereal and a cup of tea, grabbed my stuff and was off. I ate a banana and a Cola Powerbar on the way as my breakfast wasnít enough, and sipped on 500ml of weak Go as is usual. My stomach wasnít feeling great and I knew time was going to be tight but got to the event, registered and started to rack. It was all a bit of a rush and the pre race toilet visit was a nightmare. I was beginning to think that it could be a long day at the races.

After putting my wetsuit on I had a long walk to the swim start and was very nervous. I havenít ever felt like this for an event before. My stomach felt bad and was doing somersaults and I just didnít feel up for it. I was concerned that Id even finish. After getting to the start, the briefing relaxed me a little, apart from the comment that it was the dayís biggest wave of 550 people. I just thought, go out there enjoy a nice swim and see how you feel.

I got into the water and immediately started to get my head right. I was getting into race mode and was ready to go. As I swam to the start line I noticed everyone bunched to the right. All the novices seemed to be taking the same advice so I found a nice clear piece of water in the middle about a row back. The claxon went off and immediately found clear water. I was swimming very well and the first 750m went really quickly. As I got to the turn it bunched a bit and then it was the drag back to the Excel. This is where biff fest started! It didnít help that some people unannounced would start to breast stroke, but I survived and got to the swim exit feeling strong. The suit came off easily where I noticed a 28 on my watch, not bad and a good start. Actual swim time was 28:36 which I am a little disappointed with.

I put my stuff into the bag dockside and then hit the long run up the stairs into transition. I found my bike and was off quite quickly but the new layout meant a long run inside with the bike until the mount line.T1 took me 3:31 in total.

I got out onto the bike course and got my feet into the shoes well, and put the power down. It felt like a tail wind for the start and I was quickly up to race speed. I got to Limehouse and took my first gel, and then headed back to complete the first lap with no incident in 19:06 and then went out for the best part of the race, the ride to Westminster. I was having a good ding dong here with another rider, and I think this helped my pacing as heíd go past me and it would mean I would then catch him and go past again. We went like this all the way out to Westminster. Here I took the turn a lot better as I gained a good 50m and I didnít see him again. Maybe he had gone too hard trying to pace with me. I then just picked people off one by one and just after Limehouse took another gel ready for the run. As I got back to the Excel, I knew from last year that there was a good ride after the ramp to get the feet out of the shoes but after taking the ramp, unannounced was the dismount line. This confused me and I managed to get one foot out and had to come to a dead stop. I didnít waste too much time but I feel there should have been advance warning or the line been further from the ramp. The second bike lap was recorded as 48:48 and the bike leg had taken 1:07:54 in total.

I got through T2 easy enough in 2:08 and as I entered the run I noticed 1h43 on my watch and thought that I needed to run well for a sub 2:30 but it was doable. I had resigned myself to the fact that a lack of running meant this may not be possible, but I thought I would run the first lap at just above threshold and see how I went. The first 2.5k went Ok but I was starting to feel a pain at the back of my left leg near the top. I was tiring a little also but carried on to complete the first lap in 22:52. I looked at my watch and it said 2:05 something and realised that all I needed was 5min kís to get my sub 2:30 and I started to think about actually doing it! I had to shut this out though and concentrate on the next k marker. As I got to the 6km marker I realised I had been slowly catching a Farnham Tri guy who also had an orange timing chip, so I knew he was in my wave. I had seen him in T2 also so knew we were racing for position so this spurred me on. I checked my watch and I knew I had taken about 5 mins to get to 6k. We exchanged position a couple of times and then I got to 7km and I had 2 mins in hand on the 2:30 time. I then started to worry as that last k seemed short which I thought meant I had a long one to come and that I wasnt on schedule at all. I tried to speed up into the 7.5km turn point, but I had nothing there. Not only was my leg painful but I was starting to hurt generally, and didnít have a turn of speed. The 8k marker seemed to take forever to come and as I checked my watch it said 2:18. I felt I was slowing but only had 2k to dig in. The guy had opened a bit of a lead into me so I focussed and tried to push on. I started to catch him again but I still couldnít find that turn of pace I usually find for the last 2km. The lack of quality training over the past few weeks was starting to show. I was going as hard as I could and then I got to the 9k marker and had a look. About 7 minutes to go. I was going to do it. I then realised I was opening a gap on Farnham Tri guy and thought, ďheís not gonna catch me nowĒ. Iíll beat him and get sub 2:30. As I approached the ramp I tried to power up it but didnít really make much of a difference. I looked over my shoulder to see Farnham tri guy gaining and then as I entered Excel I just put the head down and went for it. I crossed the line in with a 2nd lap of 22:49 for a 45:41 run. Total time was 2:27:47 for a massive p.b. and my sub 2:30, closely followed by my rival. As is usual I immediately started to think how much faster I could have gone! With better run build up, and swimming how I can, sub 2:25 is possible, if not 2:20! Maybe thatís my next goal. For now I want to back this up at either Hyde Park or Dorney so that in theory I can enter the sub 2:30 wave next year. Whatever anyone says about distances being short, the size of transition definitely makes up for it!

Swim 28:36
T1 3:31
Bike lap 1 Ė 19:06
Bike lap 2 Ė 48:48
Bike 1:07:54
T2 2:08
Run lap 1 22:52
Run lap 2 22:49
Run 45:41
Total 2:27:47

AG 109/481

~   Last edited by hammerer on Wed Aug 05, 2009 8:51 pm; edited 1 time in total
Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:08 pm Dirty Davey
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great race and brilliant PB, well done! Keep working and I'm sure you'll nail that 2:25 soon.
Mon Aug 03, 2009 2:26 pm Carlito
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well done hammerer, great race, great report, great pb Very Happy
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