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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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The Bridge Tri - Dartford 30th June 2010
Mon Jun 28, 2010 1:23 pm hammerer
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I woke at 4am and changed my pre race breakie to toast and jam, banana and tea. It worked in Austria and I wasnt feeling the porridge love Very Happy I set off at 4:45 and arrived at about 5ish to the race venue. A novelty being just 15minutes up the road Cool
I met up with Tough Cookie and BackMarker as I got out of the car, and we went to join the queue to register.

As I entered transition I met TT's resident spurs fan Richard and racked next to him. We agreed in the week it was a WestHam Tottenham smackdown so we shared some banter and chatted and set off for the start. We were racing together and were hoping for a good old ding dong Laughing. I needed to get some revenge for the poor results this season Wink

We entered the water which considering it was borderline non wetsuit the day before felt quite chilly. It wasnt cold but a lot cooler than some races I've done. After an eternity the hooter went off and we were off. There was a lot of confusion over the "complicated" swim, so I just followed. There was no biff as the wave was small and I was swimming well. I was nice and comfortable throughout, but the sun was making sighting difficult. There were a couple points where I didnt have the foggiest which way to go and just followed the crowd, who I assumed did. Still I finally turned a corner and was exiting the water in what felt like record time. It was, I clocked 23:43, so at least 2 mins short but maybe just maybe I swam well, but a lot of times were unfeasibly quick and general conclusion at the club was anything between 100 and 300m short...Me I recon about 100-150m short but as it was apparently Garmin measured then I'll take that as a p.b. Cool . I entered transition to see Richard there, so smackdowntastic we were neck and neck after round one!

Transition was a quick affair and I was out in 1:35, but as I went to mount my bike my left foot caught the shoe and broke the band causing it to flip round, catch the floor and unclip...ARRRRGGGGGGHHHHH, hillarious for the watching crowd but I stopped put my shoe on and got going again. The bike course was fast. I was feeling strong and fresh and loving every minute of it. I soon caught back up with Richard who made it a great ride. We were proper racing and this is the first time Ive ever really had this. It was a great feeling and the 6 lap drag strip of a course was on super smooth roads and without a hill or breeze in sight we were flying. After the end of the first lap though I went straight on at the rounadbout turn and headed back to T1. I followed two people from the sprint not realising. I soon did though and headed straight back out!

After the 3rd lap where I was still neck and neck with Richard I had a GO gel to pick me up and put the pedal down, still unable to shake him. The laps were mouting but by lap 4 the course was getting busy, and drafting was inevitable. This was more that the road was 4 adrift at points with nowhere to overtake. This meant that I still couldnt shake Richard. Hopefully he couldnt run Twisted Evil The pride of East London rested on it Wink Still it didnt dampen my mood and a lot of competitors from my wave seemed to be pretty even at this point, with lots of banter due to the close nature of racing laps.
After 6 laps I took another gel and we then had a mini lap to do which was to add 1500m or so to get the distance to exactly 40k and as I approached T2 I dismounted next to Richard and we headed for the run. I had drunk 750ml of GO during the ride which had taken 1:06:47...87th best split for an average speed of 22.5mph Cool

I exited T2 behind Richard in 49 seconds and he immediately opened a 100m gap on me. I thought Id real him in. The first problem was I needed water and there just didnt appear to be a water station. It took me a good 2k before my legs got going, which coincided with the first water station. I could have done with this earlier, but it perked me up and I upped the speed. Richard was gone into the distance now, but I hoped Id reel him in. Lap 2 went a lot better and towards the end I got my rubber band, more water and then got a stitch. Nightmare. I was running well, so slowed a little and pressed on. My time was awesome and sub 2:30 was well on the cards and I knew that it'd all be over in 15 or so minutes. After about 1500m the stitch subsided and I kicked with about 2 k to go. I could no longer see Richard but a pb was all but certain. I carried on and crossed the line with a massive pb of 2:24:35 but a relatively poor run of 51:39, which I think is due to not enough water early on and the stitch. The smackdown ended West ham 0 Tottenham 1 as I lost by a mere 90seconds in the end! Round two will be in the docklands in august Twisted Evil

Even with the short swim thats still a massive pb over my previous best of 2:27 at London so very pleased. Here the course was apparently spot on apart from the swim but to me the run seemed a little long but not by much. Maybe Im jsut used to tri 10k's and not real ones Rolling Eyes It was a great event for a first showing and I will be back next year to give it another go Very Happy

swim 23:43
T1 1:35
bike 1:06:47
T2 0:49
run 51:39
total 2:24:35

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Mon Jun 28, 2010 1:35 pm savaloy
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Hey, sounds a great race to be involved with. PB too Cool welcome back Hammy Razz
Swim smart, Bike strong, Run tough

Mon Jun 28, 2010 1:41 pm The Iain
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Nice work! I look forward to hearing how about round two at The Excel!

Annoying about the laps getting busy. What sort of gels were there?

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