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30/09/2012 at 18:44

My first Tri - Race Report.

Dorney Lake Standard Distance.

So, seven weeks after jumping on my MTB after watching Wiggo (changed to road bike 4 weeks ago) and five weeks after jumping in a pool, today I did my first Tri.  Firstly, a big thank you to all have given advice and answered my many questions (a few more to follow ).

Swim - The one I was concerned about as I had only done 11 swim sessions and my max distance was 375m in one go.  Water - COLD!  Mass start - not to bad.  Just tried to swim smoothly and make the end - time 38:25mins.

T1 - Ha ha. Trying to stand up out of the water when you can only fall to your left made T1 a bit tricky. Took 3-4 goes to stand. Fell off the concrete ramp (whilst in water) on second go. Out of water, hold onto railings to stop falling over (i`m not joking) felt drunk, no balance, legs would not obae me. Had to walk to my bike. Got everything done ok, but whilst holding onto racking. Again, had to walk with bike to mount line as still on not responsive legs. Time - 5:06mins 

Bike - I loved this bit. Felt like I was chasing down the field. A bit windy but ok. Consistantly zooming past people and felt good. 8 x 5km (ish) laps. Got faster and faster for first 5 laps, then a slight (10secs per mile) tail off due to taking on 2 gels and drinking more. My Garmin made it 43km, organisers quoting 42.4km on website. Time - 1hr 24:16mins (19mph).

T2 - Feet out of shoes as I got to the dismount line, jogged with bike (had socks on), feet completely numb. No drama`s other than number ripped off one safety pin, re-pinned and off. Time - 1:27mins

Run - Legs felt stiff, heavy and slow. After 3 mins looked at garmin and was surprised to see i was going along at 7:20 per mile (felt like 8:30). I was consistant at 7:30 per mile and was going past dozens of people. Took 3 miles to get feeling back in feet, 4th mile with pins and needles, last 2miles feet back to normal. Left hamstring was twitching (wanted to cramp) after 3.5 miles but kept it at bay. A strong steady run but no fireworks. My Garmin made it 6.00 miles, organisers website quoted 10km, so I reckon it was a little short. Time - 45:16mins

Total time - 2hr 54:32mins / Position 244th of 390.

Totally chuffed to have swam 1500m front crawl with no stops. When I entered I was prepared to breastroke it. I gained a lot of knowledge from today which puts me in in good stead for next season.

Any ideas as to the cause of the drunkeness out of the water?  I`m thinking, not using legs enough and blood pooling in upper body. Water in ears (mainly left as I breath to the left) may be a slight reason. 

Magic.

30/09/2012 at 18:52

Also, have to say. It was a VOTWO event and the organisation was spot on (no point of reference though). I would do one of their events again. Nice goody bag too, t-shirt, bottle and a few USN suppliments to try.

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
30/09/2012 at 18:52

It's a fairly common phenomenon, it has to do with being horizontal while swimming and then vertical when you stand up, causing the blood to drain from your brain.

IronCat5    pirate
30/09/2012 at 19:03

Sound like a good race DOM.

Drunkeness caused by being horizontal and then moving to vertical with all the blood falling south. Kick hard before the end next time.

You were lucky. I raced the day before, and when we arrived the bike road was covered in mud, and the sweeper had not been. The sweeper did arrived, but the bike leg was cancelled.

30/09/2012 at 19:03

DOM - well done on your first tri and some excellent times there

the drunkenness out of the water is pretty common, not sure how to overcome it.....

Running Postie    pirate
30/09/2012 at 19:08

DOM well done

 

30/09/2012 at 19:15
Welcome CC
Well done Dom

Nurse, i put a You Tube link in my latest blog which shows how to use the roller.

Ive used it twice a day since Thursday, definitely making a difference. Still hurts like a bugger though
ET7
30/09/2012 at 19:23
Good times magic! I did my second sprint distance today and knocked 15 mins off my time..well chuffed!
Need to work on my swim time though..I'm just so slow..still plenty of time to speed up..took me 12 mins to swim 400 m!
ET7
30/09/2012 at 22:12
Welcome cheggers,
DOM, I've not tested it yet but when I posted about the same problem someone suggested ear plugs would help.
Nurse Ratched    pirate
30/09/2012 at 23:29
M...eldy wrote (see)


Nursey - they are a good bit of kit as long as you have the right one 

And which one would that be?

01/10/2012 at 04:30

Completed my first ever race - the robin hood half marathon yesterday! My goal was to complete the course without walking - which I did in 2:37. Feels good to have passed a milestone. Especially relieved that my cold and calf pull seemed fully recovered. Now back to my fink and swim smooth books to plan my next bit of training. Need to get quicker at everything - I'm also still a stone heavier than I'd like. BTW have enjoyed catching up on all the posts I missed over the last few days. Congratulations to everyone completing events aand commiserations to everyone struggling with injuries. Happy to be sharing your journeys with you!

01/10/2012 at 06:18

congrats splatfink

01/10/2012 at 06:26
Well done splatfink!
01/10/2012 at 07:22
Well done ET, well done Splat.

Thats my half marathon goal in November, just complete it without walking. I had to walk a lot of the run in the half IM i did.
01/10/2012 at 07:35

ET and splat - well done

IronCat5    pirate
01/10/2012 at 09:11

Nice one Splat.

After only 1 test run in the past 4 weeks I was worrying about the 5km at the end of the relay tri. With vast amounts of tape and hiding behind someone on the in to wind leg at Dorney I came in 35s behind my 5km PB. Not too shabby.

A nice windy bike yesterday to make up for the lack of bike Sat. I ache all over though. It feels like I ran a HM, not a 5km!

Nurse Ratched    pirate
01/10/2012 at 09:20

Welcome Cheggers

DOM - you're a dark horse , cracking times, very well done

Congrats ET and Splat.

Glad to hear the leg hasn't gone black and dropped off, Cat5. Good running.

01/10/2012 at 10:17
Nurse Ratched wrote (see)

I'm considering buying a foam roller. Those of you who have one - how often do you use it? And can you point me to a good YouTube vid to show me how to use it?

NR - I got a triggerpoint roller off Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Grid-Foam-Roller-Black/dp/B003HSDX92/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1349082939&sr=8-2

it's a 'lot' harder than the ones in the gym. been using it for about a month now on legs and back. seems to have loosened up the muscles but still hurts on lats and outside the thighs...

01/10/2012 at 12:22

Well done DOM, ET and Splat.

Welcome aboard Cheggers.

01/10/2012 at 12:22

Race report for Saturday

Event Gower oly tri

Spent Friday evening getting everything ready and putting my bike in the car for an early start on Sat morning, the plan was to get up at 5:10 so that I would have plenty of time to get ready and drive the 1:30 down to the race and would have plenty of time to relax when I got there and set up my stuff in transition. Well that was the plan. Set my alarm to go for5:10then bed. Couldn’t get to sleep that night, insomnia was being a right pain, looked at the clock and it said 3:00, should have got up then, but managed to fall asleep, next thing I know looked at the clock and it was 6:40……. @*$;, O @*$;, O @*$;. Jumped out of bed get tri kit on and out the house, jumped straight in the car and set off, all the way down thinking o damn I’m going to miss the start. Luckily I popped in to Tescos the night before and bought some croissants and apples, so had breakfast on the move. Luckily traffic was light, so managed to get there in about 50 mins, just before they shut transition and when the compulsory race briefing was going on, I could just about hear one or two words he was saying over the PA. Jumped out the car, got bike out, put the wheel on (an F1 team would have been impressed with how quick the wheel went on, even remembered to tighten the breaks J), and grabbed my transition box and ran over to set up transition, I had about 5 minutes to pump my tyre up and get sorted, still wearing jeans so and a hoodie, so it all went in the box, all in all my transition area was a mess but I had managed to get there for the start so was happy, I left transition in a mess as the swim was about to start got my wettie on and headed over to the start.

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