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7Oaks Tri 18/04/2010
Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:38 am hammerer
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I awoke at 6am to get ready for my 3rd race at the 7oaks tri course. I ate porridge with honey and drank 500ml of weak Go electrolyte on the way to the event. I was running a little late so ended up in racking at the far side of the transition which was a good position near to the swim exit, although the cark park hadnít been swept so there was a lot of gravel to get stuck in the feet. I had taken the Stealth with carbon rims mainly to get time on my TT bike in race guise as I need to put more miles into it. This course is not suitable for a TT bike in the main though due to the technical nature and the fact that the road surfaces are appalling in places. Hitting 30-40mph on a descent on the bars is not a nice place to be when potholes appear from nowhere, although 7Oaks tri had marked a lot of them with paint and had done everything in their power to help.

I was down for a 9:05 start and I climbed into the water with a clear race plan of 1/2IM pace, and treating it as a ďtempoĒ brick session. I started the swim very conservatively and concentrated on long, smooth strokes and rotation, and before I knew it I was climbing back out, very fresh. I walked to the exit of the leisure centre as it quite slippery poolside and as I crossed the matt my watch read 7:14. I couldnít believe it. My P.B. over 400 is 6:59 and I must have gone quicker than that, or at least very close. That set me up nicely for the bike. I exited T1 in 1:24, not the quickest, but feeling like I was fresh.

I set off steady and the first couple of miles are ok for a TT bike and I was just concentrating on keeping the heart rate at a decent level and not getting carried away on the subtle inclines at this stage. I approached River Hill with caution knowing that I could get over 50mph with ease down here, but wanted to try and descend on the bars rather than the hoods. I didnít last long as the road was awful and I got on the hoods and was feathering the brakes. Cross winds were quite strong, but the bike wasnít affected by these thankfully. As I got to the bottom there is a lovely stretch of a couple of miles that is perfect for TTíing. I was averaging around 28mph down here, but had to be very conscious of my surroundings as the road again wasnít great and the traffic, although not heavy, was enough to mean I couldnít just swerve to avoid on coming potholes.

At the end of this section is where the course becomes interesting. We turn off into the country lanes for a few miles of undulating countryside, but again the roads meant that it was very difficult to get into a rhythm. With smooth roads, this would again be TTíers heaven but alas the winter has made already bad roads very poor indeed. I managed to stay on the bars for most of this until we then started getting to the climbs. I was surprising climbing quite well, considering Iím not at race weight and that Iím quite undertrained compared to last year. The biggest climb of the race comes at about 10miles and is very deceiving. I powered up this and it was about this point that I see the first rider of the day. I had been wondering where everyone was but as I was in one of the last waves this is not surprising. My race plans went out of the window here as I got embroiled in a race with a man on a road bike. It soon became apparent that I was losing time on the descents but climbing and riding better than him. We swapped positions quite a bit and he always seemed to slow when he got in front of me, which meant that I would either lose time riding too slowly behind him, or that when I overtook I had to put more in than I wanted. Up until this point I was riding well within myself and feeling very fresh. The TT position would certainly help with the run after had I not got carried away.

Before I knew it, the final climb appeared which is quite short and very steep. It means getting out of the saddle. This is where I caught another rider, so 16miles and I only see 2 bikes. Thatís very surreal in a race.
I entered T2 with a bike time of 53:18 which is good considering that it wasnít at my usual pace. This is only a minute slower than September, which was on my road bike and was flat out! I had drank about 500ml of Go on the bike.

I had a quick transition and was out onto the run in 40seconds. The legs were gone as youíd expect and were definitely affected by the last 5miles racing with Mr. Road Bike. I took Webbs Alley quite easily as it is a steep downhill and Iím not the greatest runner. After a nice flat section across a field itís a sharp right turn into a mammoth climb. This was tough and really sapped the energy and had me breathless by the top. This couldnít be helped as any slower and Iíd have been going backwards. I caught a couple of runners up here though and a short sharp downhill is quickly followed by another long uphill. The legs just donít get a chance to get into a rhythm and the ďjelly legsĒ stay for a lot longer than a flat run. Eventually the hills peter out a bit and the course is more undulating than steep. This is still very tough but a lot nicer than steep hills.

Eventually the 2mile mark came up and Iíd taken just short of 20mins on the run. Not a great pace, but considering the course not too bad. From here on in the course has another long steady climb up to the 3mile marker and a water station which is like seeing an Oasis in a desert as the temperature was rising and it was getting quite warm. As I turned past here the majority of the run is downhill, apart from some short sharp climbs, and I passed the 4 mile point with about 8mins until my P.B. time. I didnít think I was going to make a P.B. but was happy anyway as that wasnít the plan. As I got to the bottom of the last hill I turned to race across the field and this felt tough. I got to the bottom of Webbs Alley and power walked up which is definitely quicker than running. It wasnít until I got to the top I gave a quick glance at my watch and see 1:49. I sprinted around the car park to cross the line with a run of 47:34 and a total time of 1:50:12...A P.B. of over a minute, although my legs felt battered. Webbs alley is what had caused that though and the sprint finish and I knew I could have kept both the bike and run paces up for a lot longer than the distances involved here, and with a sub 7 swim at easy pace, maybe Iím not as unfit as I feared. Next stop Austria.

Swim 7:14
T1 1:24
Bike 53:18
T2 0:40
Run 47:34
Total 1:50:12

Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:04 am MTriton
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Well done on the PB. Not long to go now till Austria. How time flies . . . !
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Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:20 am Carlito
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Well done. Great confidence boost for Austria.
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