So in November I only managed about 4 hours sleep before the race because of travelling with work and stuff
well today I have moved back from Edinburgh, it's nearly 11pm... and I havent even started thinking about tomorrow yet To make it worse I only slept 3 hours last night and just 1 hour (!!!) the night before. Can't even remember what time I need to be up to get to the train station but I think possibly 4am or something stupid! I fear I may fall asleep on the bike tomorrow...
See you guys there! anyway!!!
OK so as expected my body shut down and i didnt wake up in time for the train!!! Taxi booked... would rather face the £50 cost than lose the £70 spent on the race
see you there guys
well.... I should have just turned over and gone back to sleep when i slept in... losing my entry fee but nothing else.
A £60 taxi ensured that I was early enough to get there as i had missed my train, then I registered, racked etc etc. Went off on the first run and decide to conserve a lot more than last Novembers race as I wanted to finish the second run stronger (52min/57min last year for the two runs).
Was happy with my pace and feeling fresh, overtaking many around me who were really struggling so early. Finished the first run in 49:51... 2 minutes quicker than last time... the difference being though that I felt really good as I got into T1. First lap on the bike and I was having a ball, finished the first lap and as I passed the crowds and then followed the road as it bent left... back wheel starts sliding behind me and I was unable to bring it back in..... BANG. Before I know it im sliding along the floor.
Jumped straight up to check the bike and apart from putting the chain and water bottles back in it needed nothing else... great! Started along the road and took a look at my handlebars... and saw blood dripping off them. The effect of the adrenaline then stopped and I realised my hands were in agony and I was struggling to hold the handlebars. Tried holding the hoods or the drops, tried going on the bars... same effect. Because I hadnt worn any gloves my hands had taken the whole impact and grazed right where I need to hold on to the bike... GAME OVER. Made the ride of shame backwards to be cleaned up by the first aidersand collect my things as I was getting cold.
Shortly after I went over somebody else did exactly the same on the exact same corne... HR were quick to react and put several staff on it and before to warn others... thought that was very well done (though pity i had to be the first to come off there )
No bike damage, only small grazes on both hands that wouldnt bother me if they were anywhere else but just meant I couldnt put weight on my hands for the twists, turns and sharp descents that the box hill course calls for! One of my wrists has slowly got worse and worse is hurting quite a lot now though, oh and I ripped my brand new Pirate Armwarmers!!!!!
Hopefully will be running the Saucony 10k tomorrow at the tri show, at least I wont be tired for that now... but I dont know if my wrist will feel up to it or not!
Sorry I didnt stay until the end Dave... looked good as you came off the bike. Just couldnt hang around as I was getting cold and starting to hurt more and more!
Think it was just slightly wet on that corner where as everywhere else it had dried up... yet later when they were warning everyone going round it they shouted that it was greasy on the floor(??)
Dave did you see anything? It was the left bend just after going past the entrance to transition and before the exit?
Oh well... Will just have to head back at the end of the year to see how well i can do there!
Good ballbusting Pirates. Next time GB!
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