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Trogs    pirate
10/03/2012 at 00:52

Started off well on the bike, span my way up the hill to the out and back bit of the course and settled in feeling reasonably comfortable.  Took in nutrition every 20mins or so when my watch beeped at me and I think I may even have passed a few people but not as many as passed me. 

The pro's came storming towards me after not very long followed at various intervals by several huuuuuge chain gangs. Some of them were accompanied by race officials trying, not very successfullly,  to break them up. Shouted at my tri club mate as he shot passed looking strong and just kept pedalling.  Kept my eyes peeled for Toucs but after the field started thinning out again with no sign of him I guessed he'd had a bad swim and pulled out.

After about 30miles my shoulders/neck started aching.  Dunno why; I'd had no problems with them on my earlier rides around the Auckland area and had probably spent more time on the drops/bars then than I did on race day. Dig in and keep going and finally there's the turn-around. Round I went and immediately felt like someone had turned on a big wind fan.  Odd.  The trees, grass, shrubs on the sides of the road didn't appear to be blowing about much but it definitely felt harder.

Kept on pedalling, trying to maintain a reasonalbe cadence going.  Not long after the turnaround I spotted the unmistakeable black and yelllow of a pirate coming towards me.  High five and an arrgh and I knew it'd only be a matter of time before Happychap overtook me.  Stopped at the feed station at about 60k for a wee break, more for psychological effect than real need and Happychap sailed by just as I was getting ready to get going again.

Target was then to try not to let her get too far ahead for the rest of the bike.  It sort of worked and I finally reached the lovely downhill sweep back into town and transition.  Off the bike in 4:07:29 which was just about ok I suppose. Happychap was just being sprayed with sunscreen as I came in, I think it stung a bit.

Achieved a pb in T2 I think, only 4:19

Edited: 10/03/2012 at 00:55
Trogs    pirate
10/03/2012 at 01:16

Got a shout from Toucs as I headed out of transition and was pleased to see him up and about.

Plan for the run was 4:1 run/walk and I pretty much stuck to it once I'd got the bike saddle feeling out of my backside.  Caught up with Happychap fairly quickly and didn't get sworn at which I took as a good sign   Saw John (tri club mate)  heading towards the finish looking good. 

I have to say I enjoyed the run, helped by the support spectators and other competitors.  Chatted with a few on my walk breaks and was surprised by how many said things were not going as well as expected - but I guess the uncertaintly and change of plans affected us all.

Exchanged words of encouragement with Happychap each time we passed and, as we passed for the last time, stopped for a quick chat, agreed that there was enough time to walk it if necessary and left here smiling.  The final return leg saw a few slightly longer walk breaks but overall, I felt good.  Finally into the finish chute and done - 2:42:28 which I was pleased with.

Got my finishers' towel and t-shirt but no medal - a box of medals had gone missing and they'd run out so will have to wait for that to be posted.  Most excellent cup of soup or two and a massage to ease my shoulders and job done.

Would've liked my overall time to be closer to 7:30 than the 7:57:09 I achieved but hey, you get what you train for and, let's face it, I didn't train that well.

Bring on the Outlaw

Cheerful Dave    pirate
10/03/2012 at 06:42
Nice one Trogs. Hope the medal turns up, after all that you've earned it.
10/03/2012 at 13:59
Nice report trogs
VTd    pirate
10/03/2012 at 15:39
A very good report Trogs.  I would be more interested in the personal side and deep thoughts over the technical details and you have captured that.
Lee the Pea    pirate
10/03/2012 at 16:18
Great report Trogs, and very well done . Looking forward to seeing you at the Outlaw and cheering you on to another great finish x
M...eldy    pirate
10/03/2012 at 16:44
Nice reporting Ladies, well done 

HC .. you going to change your name to Lucky Chap ??  
10/03/2012 at 18:33
Well done Trogs! Nice report and good determination to overcome the initial disappointment from the Saturday.
I take my hat off to you all that completed it. The mental problems, I'd imagine, are the hardest top get over!
10/03/2012 at 20:55

Interestingly PS a lot of people said they really struggled with sundays race even though on paper it *should* have been a lot easier.

Great report Trogs.  It was lovely to see you so many times on the course.

Meldy, feck off 

M...eldy    pirate
10/03/2012 at 21:01
I say !!!  How very rude  
11/03/2012 at 08:24
Great reports guys & welcome home!
12/03/2012 at 16:59

Hello all, at last I have gained access to a computor!  Thank you for all your kind words regarding my health.

 My race report follows:-

Trained more than ever before, event cancelled, 1/2 IM day after, got in the swim, did 1k pretty quick, vomitted, did the last 900m quicker than everyone else (assisted by speedboat), vomitted again, slept and vomitted for next 3 hours!

All in all very pleased it wasn't the full IM.

Very happy for HC and Trogs

Lovely time in NZ, looking forward to the Outlaw and calmer waters!

Orca    pirate
12/03/2012 at 17:57

Oh Toucs, that sounds dreadful. Any idea on the cause? Was it nasty lake water, something you ate or the whole "psyched up for the event that didn't happen" stuff. Anyway, glad to head you're recovered and hopefully the Outlaw will be a considerably easier event for all of you.

Great reports guys, IM Austria is 16 weeks away and your reports are still making me feel nervous!

12/03/2012 at 18:46
I suffer dizziness anyway, so in water that has a bit of swell it doesn't take long to get a bit of sea sickness going.  I thought that I would be ok but I was bobbing up and down a fair bit before the event started so wasn't feeling that confident. 
Lee the Pea    pirate
21/03/2012 at 15:07
  Could you take sea-sickness tablets Toucs?  I'm sure you've probably tried that already right enough...
Kanga M    pirate
28/03/2012 at 12:45
Top reports guys, sounds like a tough weekend all round. Sea sickness in a lake is a bit rough (pun intended!)

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