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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!
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Sevenoaks Triathlon 10/04/2011
Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:33 am hammerer
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It was a 5:30am start this weekend, and I started the day with a bowl of ďdorsetĒ museli as Id mistakenly thought I had porridge left. Sad After getting everything ready I left the house at 6:40 for the journey to 7oaks. A bottle of weak Go electrolyte, watermelon flavour, and a mule bar kept me company. I got to 7oaks and the queue for registration was massive, so waited a while to be seen and then set up the bike, and got ready to be poolside for a 7:55 start. I was there bang on time, but the queue stretched all around the pool. It was going to be a long wait. I watched some of the swimmers, and the people queuing and thought immediately that Iíd been badly seeded. With an estimated 7min 400m swim (as I only swim WU pace in these events) I noticed that people were easily taking over 12mins. I eventually got in the pool at around 8:30 and jumped into the water just as a breaststroker turned. She was very, very slow and the starter gave her two strokes before saying you can go. I said to him that I couldnít go yet as I would catch her on my push so he allowed her a length to get ahead. Problem was there were 2 equally slow swimmers also in the lane. Oh well, luckily its only 400m. I pushed off and overtook all 3 people in my first 50 and it was a nightmare. I got past but within 100m Id caught them all again. They were starting to separate so rather than catching in one go, I was being regularly held up and stop starting At one point one slow BSír was overtaking the other (not allowed in this tri!) and swam headfirst straight into me. It was a nightmare. Every length involved me catching someone and having to stop. I eventually got out the pool and ran to the timing mat in 7:38. The matt is 20-30seconds outside the pool so considering the problems Id swam OK and looking back that was a sub 6:30 pace if I had clear water. So mixed emotions on the first discipline!

I got through transition in 1:02 and straight out onto the bike. I felt quite good, apart from a bit of bloating where Iíd been drinking too much water due to the stop / start chaos of the swim. A few burps and I was away.
The bike went well and I was soon relaxed and seemed to be holding a good average speed through the first 5miles which is mainly downhill, but there was quite a strong wind still at this time. I had seen not one sole ion the bike yet but as I turned into the lanes they started coming. One by one I went past the slower races, and I realised that I had definitely been seeded wrong as I was catching all the ďfunĒ racers. I got so many ďsorryĒ shouts by cyclists I lost count, but didnít get held up so not sure why they were sorry. They were obviously nervous of this guy on TT rig decked out in club colours flying past them like they were stood still, riding there nobbly tyres and MTBís . I had a few laughs with some though and itís nice to actually not feel the pressure of uber cyclists breathing down my neck. It makes a nice change to be out there with people whose sole aim is enjoyment and to just try and get round one of the toughest sprints darn sarf! You have to respect them, or pity them really as I recon not many would have known what they had let themselves in for Twisted Evil Should have gone to Dorney Lake Wink
The hills came and went and I was catching people up them...for a change, although it wasnít really due to me being so quick. I was holding a good pace and wasnít really struggling at all. I rounded the last corner slipped my feet out of my shoes and flew into transition in 52:55, just 15 seconds off my course p.b. which considering the wind in the early part of the course I was pleased with. I drank around 350ml of Go electrolyte on the bike.

48 seconds and I was through transition. It would have been quicker but my newish K-Swiss Kona S didnít go on as well as the old Saucony Fastwitch used to. Maybe I need to practice with them the a bit more.

I hit the run and had forgotten about my legs which must have still been in transition desperately trying to catch up with my body. They werenít there. I knew I should have done a few bricks. The first few hundred meters are tough as you descend Webbs alley which is very steep and slippery, but you then exit out on to the grass fields and after about 600m you turn sharp tight to take the first climb. Itís a killer, but after my winter of X-County It didnít feel too bad. I was catching people still which gave me a nice glow...OK they werenít experienced triathletes but itís not often I overtake people on the run Very Happy I have to take everything I can. After the 2nd big climb you turn left at the house for a steady climb before turning right and descending. The trials then undulate as you approach the 2 mile mark, which had me there in 20mins...not bad considering the course. As you double back on yourself you then have another long steadyish climb and this was where for the first time of the day I got overtaken...3 times Sad . I approached the water station and one of the guys kept running straight on....He wasnít racing so only 2 people over took me Smile ...much better! After the water station the 3 mile mark approached and I noticed that the last mile had taken over 12 minutes...Why? I felt so good, and was running well I thought. I had a Go gel at this point, and as the race now is mainly downhill, I upped the pace and pushed on. I felt so good and strong and kept pushing. I rounded the house to a cheer from D-Unit and then back towards the start. The climb up Webbs alley towards the finish had my powerwaklkign part of it as I jsut dies, but I came out of it OK and rounded the car park to the finish and to check my time....My watch hadnít worked properly so I was unsure. My course pb was 1:50:12, my worst had been 1:51:58...Surely I had a pb. Iíd biked and run so well. Yes the swim was bad but cant have cost me too much could it?

Well can you imagine my horror at seeing a run of 49:19, a personal worst of 30 seconds over the course. How had it been so slow. Iíd felt strong and fit throughout...Maybe too strong. Did I subconsciously hold back due to the worrying about the calf, or was VLM next weekend in the back of my mind. I really donít know. I eventually looked at the positives. Id just run a 5mile hilly as hell run, after a quick bike and stop / start swim with no pain in the calf, I felt strong and, felt like I could do it all again immediately. I normally feel spent after a race but didnít so maybe I just didnít push hard enough? Well actually that sounds very probable now. After 8 weeks out injured and mile munching to desperately get some miles in my legs for VLM this all must have taken its toll. At least on Monday my legs felt OK and I had no DOMS.

Swim 7:38
T1 1:02
Bike 52:55
T2 0:48
Run 49:19
Total 1:51:45

~   Last edited by hammerer on Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:00 pm; edited 1 time in total
Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:46 pm savaloy
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Wrap yourself up in cotton wool this week and pat yourself on making the start line on Sunday fella Cool
Swim smart, Bike strong, Run tough

Tue Apr 12, 2011 5:55 pm arhy
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Swim sounds ridiculous - you should have asked for a kickboard Very Happy!

Good luck for the weekend.

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