Well I have had a really good week of racing and training this week. With some solid training sessions, and on Wednesday I went to my local clubs 10mile time trial. I have never broke 23minutes on this course and during my warm up I didn’t think that night I would either. But my legs did the opposite, and took me to an overall win, course PB, seasons best and a time that is only 4 seconds of my lifetime best that was set on a fast dual carriageway course. I won the race in a time of 22:25!
Sunday 11th. Oswestry sprint triathlon
On Sunday, I competed in my triathlon clubs sprint triathlon. The race consisted of a 400m pool swim, 16.5mile hilly bike, and a tough 3mile run on grass. The conditions were ok, with a pretty strong wind, but cool temperature and the chance of rain. Athletes were set off in 5minute waves starting with the slowest swimmers up to the fastest. I was in the second to last wave, the fastest swimmers and the athletes out for the win were behind me, this meant I didn’t know if I was leading or was down on time so it was a case of going hard from the start and wait anxiously at the end for the results. There was a very strong field in this years event, with athletes who have beaten me in previous events this year competing, I knew that this was going to be a tough race and the times at the top were going to be close.
Before the race I was drinking my Herbalife prepare. Then I headed down to T1 to rack my bike, I saw a lot of familiar faces from all of the triathlons I had competed in this year. I was racked next to one of the race favourites, a Torq triathlete, he was in the wave after me! I then went to T2 to put my run shoes ready for the challenging run course, I couldn’t find a space anywhere, but after a bit some of the earlier finishers had removed their kit, and I put my shoes down. Still drinking my Herbalife prepare I did my usual warm up to raise my heart rate before heading down to the pool.
Swim and T1
There was five athletes in my swim wave, two of which were faster swimmers than me. I used this to my advantage and worked hard to keep next to them throughout the whole swim. I felt strong in the swim and before I knew it I had done my 20lengths. The 2 faster swimmers were already out of the pool and were heading out the door as I got out of the pool, I worked hard on the run to my bike and quickly got my shoes and helmet on, and I was out of T1 just seconds behind the two faster swimmers, by this time the last wave had already started and they were powering their way through the swim. I had finished the swim and got out of T1 in a time of 6 minutes and 18 seconds.
Bike and T2
After the swim I was feeling strong and was ready to push hard in my strongest discipline, the bike. It was a very hard bike course, with some very hard climbs and some technical descents with some very tight corners. I went off hard, as this was the only way I would have a chance of winning, and I caught the 2 faster swimmers of my wave within the first 100metres, I was now on my own. I worked hard on the up hills, staying in time trial position helped me to keep my speed up. I was then on to the technical descent and I knew I couldn’t hold anything back as this is where the more experienced athletes would make up time on me. I flew down the descent at around 40mph and was gaining time on the athletes from the wave before mine. After this descent we had a small bit of flat before heading back up again, I managed to catch the junior who started in the wave before me on the way back up hill, and I still felt strong. After this hill we had a 5mile flat section where I knew I needed to work hard and get some serious speed up. I flew down the valley at an average speed of 27mph and caught athletes that started 10minutes ahead of me, I was starting to feel confident and knew I hadn’t pushed to hard and had some left in the tank for the run. I climbed well up the final big climb, and then with only 3 mile to go on the bike I picked the pace back up and flew into T2, quickly whipped my run shoes on and took my helmet off and I was gone. I had the 3rd fastest bike and T2 split, only 20 seconds behind the fastest, I completed it in a time of 48:38!
I was now onto the final discipline, knowing that last year I suffered badly with stitch and had to walk on the run, I had to prove I was back to race! Psychologically running 3 laps is always hard but with great support from family and friends I managed to run hard for all 3 laps and didn’t suffer. I got onto my second lap and when I was about half way round the athletes from the wave after me came onto the run. I could see them and kept the pace high and caught the torq athlete on my last lap, I picked the pace up and finished fast. I was done. I finished the run in a time of 17:43, this gave me the 4th fastest run split, I was very happy with this!
After the race I had my Herbalife rebuild and waited anxiously for the results, to see where I had finished.
I had won! In a total time of 1:12:39, with over a minute to second place! I was over the moon with my result, knocking 9minutes off last years time and beating all of the athletes that had beaten me in previous races.
Check back next weekend for my race reports as I have my local 10 mile TT and then a 25mile TT on Saturday!
Will post pictures when I get some!
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