Miscellaneous TRI Race Reports

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WildWill    pirate
31/08/2003 at 17:25
Teesdale Triathlon

It was a chilly 7degrees when I signed on this morning at 8AM still not sure if I was going to take part it the race or not – my ham string problem was still niggling and my cold still had not fully cleared up, but I had plenty of time to decide as I was No 101 therefore the 101st to start.

I watched the race start at 9:01AM with a college I had been coaching towards the first TRI entering the pool at 9:21, I watched his swim and cheered him through transition, by now I was caught up in the atmosphere and had decided to go for it.

I entered the pool for the 500m swim at 10:41 and decided to take it steady as not to aggravate my hamstring; it felt like I had just entered the pool when my 20 lengths were over in 9:25 (a time I was very pleased at, as I’d thought I was going much slower)

Out of the pool and into T1 transition – on with my running vest socks cycling shoes, helmet and sunglasses, along with a pair of cycling sleeves as it was still a bit chilly. I made my way easily through transition before carefully mounting my bike (I’d seen 5 people fall off when trying to get underway earlier when I was watching) and I was out of T1 in a slow 2:23
WildWill    pirate
31/08/2003 at 17:26
Out on the very hilly 18mile bike course – and this is where my injury was felt the most – I had to do each steep climb in a much easier gear than I would normally of. But things were still holding together and after the first 5 mile I consumed a SIS GO energy gel. (It had been a while since I’d had breakfast) 14 miles of climbing later and I hit the fast decent back towards the sports centre – it was a case of bang it in the biggest gear, peddle like hell and kiss your @rse goodbye in an attempt to claw back some of the time I’d lost on the climbs. I made it into T2 in 60:59, about 4mins behind target but not too bad.

T2 was a simple affair of rack bike, dump helmet and sleeves, swap shoes and grab a fresh drink and gel then straight out onto the run in 1:13

The run was a hilly 8k, so for me enjoyable (I like running hills – I’m not fast – I just enjoy them) I quickly consumed my second energy gel and worked on settling into my stride but at just over 1-mile it hit me – I had forgot to apply Vaseline to my inner thighs and when your are a big bloke running in a pair of Speedo’s, believe you me, your thighs rub :oO By half way round they were very sore and by the time I entered the sports centre complex there was blood trickling down my inner thighs (I’m currently walking like John Wayne) But I managed the run in 40:30 so very pleased with that and it was all over in a grand total of 1hr and 54mins :o)

SWIM (500m) - 9:25
T1 - 2:23
BIKE (18miles) – 60:59
T2 – 1:13
RUN (8k) - 40:30

TOTAL - 1hr 54mins

Knocking almost 9mins off last years time – not the 15mins I had planed – but good enough
31/08/2003 at 17:51
Respect WW
31/08/2003 at 18:14
Hey well done WildWill. 9 minutes is plenty good especially seing as you're carrying an injury. How's the hammy now?
WildWill    pirate
31/08/2003 at 18:21
sore but more of a dull ache than a sharp pain
iron fraggle    pirate
31/08/2003 at 19:09
Great stuff Will!
31/08/2003 at 20:39
Well done WW, very good race!

I can sympathise with you on the thighs as I have the same problem after doing the Beast 13 mile multi terrain today. The stinging is awful!
31/08/2003 at 21:17

31/08/2003 at 22:45
Congrats WW, you did brilliantly, I really feel inspired to try triathlons partly through reading about your training. You've obviously got stacks of improvement to come without injury etc. Sorry about the thigh chafing! Sounds painful.
31/08/2003 at 22:59
Well done Will. Sounds good mate ... except the chafing (and the speedos for that matter).
cougie    pirate
31/08/2003 at 23:27
Way to go Will - and with being injured as well !

Nasty on the thigh thing. Trying not to think how painful that must be ! Ouch !!
01/09/2003 at 10:22
Well done Will! Chafing thighs - ow!!! (And don't listen to Richard, nothing wrong with a fella in Speedos, nothing at all. As Moosey and I are fond of saying..."Follow those buttocks!")
cougie    pirate
01/09/2003 at 10:26
Ewwww ! Men in Speedos ! I passed someone on a Corima on the Alpe this year in full tri kit they were, and I couldn't work out if it was a boy or a girl even.

Until i realised his speedos weren't covering everything they should !!

I'm sure you look great in Speedos WW, but please give me a list of when you'll be wearing them so I can avoid the area. Ta !

01/09/2003 at 11:32
01/09/2003 at 11:51
nowt wrong with men in speedos.
cougie    pirate
01/09/2003 at 11:54
Depends on your viewpoint. And if that viewpoint sees dangly bits, then I'm dead against them !
01/09/2003 at 11:58
Moosey - was it "follow those buttocks" or "Follow those cheeks"..?!
01/09/2003 at 12:10
cougie - woul he not have been in anger of - something pretty painful??

Sunburn, at least!
01/09/2003 at 12:14
i couldn't possibly know what you mean dr nic, i'd just focus on the road ahead.
01/09/2003 at 12:17
Oh come on, you remember that discussion, don't leave me here alone on this one....
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