Training for a shorter Tri

For those not yet up to IM

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16/06/2013 at 15:03

Hi GG,

It was great to meet you before the race, and I'm glad you had a good one.  Good luck with the Oly next month.

LMH won!  And I managed not to get beat by LMH .  Plus I managed not to have to be coaxed back into the swim by the rescue canoe like I was last year.

It was also really nice to have a chat with Buttercup afterwards, while LMH was catching her breath.

16/06/2013 at 15:11

Well done Mark and LMH. What time did you both do it in? 

16/06/2013 at 15:25


Swim 37:09

T1 02:29

Cycle 01:23:26

T2 00:46

Run 47:30

Overall 02:51:23


Swim 36:17

T1 1:58

Cycle 1:25:53

T2 00:48

Run 48:23

Overall 2:53:22

So she was breathing down my neck on the run.

Don't beat yourself up about the times.  It was definitely breezy out there, which I think would have made a difference, I know everytime we hit a drag we seemed to have a headwind.  Plus, 9 minutes improvement on a slightly longer than sprint distance tri is a huge improvement, that's around nearly 10%.

16/06/2013 at 15:34

Lovely to meet Buttercup and Gravity Guy - sorry if I wasn't the most chatty before (pre-race nerves are quite bad) or afterwards (have to manage the asthma) - I do try, honest

GG - you did good! Apart from the run we were about the same speed all the way, my bike time was slightly down on the HIM I did here two years ago but it was definitely windier today. Why on earth did you take pro plus?!? Did you fuel on the bike at all?

16/06/2013 at 15:47

Well done all the racing snakes. GG the dizziness on exiting the swim may be down to not kicking with the legs enough the last hundred yards.

I went out with the running club and did 5 miles in just over 1 hour 10 mins, so not quick but amazed at my ability. The sore toe complained just after 4 miles and then the hip started hurting, so as soon as I got to 5 miles I walked the last little bit back to the car.


16/06/2013 at 15:48

it was an early start so thought it would help. Just made me jittery though! I only had isotonic drink on the bike as I didn't think the short distance warranted gels. I think it may have helped though as i was really feeling it towards the end of the ride,hey ho, live and learn. I don't think I could have kept that pace up for an oly, maybe in a few months though

I'm glad it's not only me that gets per race nerves!

16/06/2013 at 15:51
SteadyCJ wrote (see)

Well done all the racing snakes. GG the dizziness on exiting the swim may be down to not kicking with the legs enough the last hundred yards.

I went out with the running club and did 5 miles in just over 1 hour 10 mins, so not quick but amazed at my ability. The sore toe complained just after 4 miles and then the hip started hurting, so as soon as I got to 5 miles I walked the last little bit back to the car.


Never thought about kicking my legs, that would make sense. I think I just needed to calm down a bit on the swim too. Maybe that will come with race practice though

16/06/2013 at 16:00

never knew about kicking legs before the end of the swim

well done everyone, wow, LMH well done on your win

steady - well done on the run, glad your toe is healing

The Evil Pixie    pirate
16/06/2013 at 16:16

GG I would say the swim was adrenaline more than anything.

I thought the swim was long and my garmin recorded 1.3m for 2 laps!

Bike I did in 1:56 and the run 90mins

So Bike and run was IM pace

wasn't it windy?!

16/06/2013 at 16:21

well done EP - is it taper time now?

The Evil Pixie    pirate
16/06/2013 at 16:23

Oh God yes!

but 1st loads of school work which I should have done today instead of playing Pirates!

16/06/2013 at 16:24

Yes, well done pixie. will outlaw be your first iron distance or have you done others previously?

The Evil Pixie    pirate
16/06/2013 at 16:26

my 1st GG but I reliably informed by other Pirates that it won't be my last - we'll see! Need to survive this one 1st

16/06/2013 at 16:40

Well I woke hubby up at the crack of dawn, loaded the car and after having wee wibbles about the upcoming day hit the road bound for Market Bosworth.  First off I have to say I am so glad the rain stayed away – it was quite windy out on the bike course but you can’t have everything!  I also have to say GG I owe you a beer and I got no icecream – I feel robbed! I completed the little piggy in 2hrs almost on the dot and came 48th I think.



This is what I had the most wibbles about prior but not one to back out of a challenge I lubed myself up to the eyeballs, squished myself into the wetsuit, felt like a sausage and got in the positively balmy 15C water awaiting the marshalls start.  I have to say not having ever swum any great distance in OW prior it showed and I got my a**e handed to me in quick fashion masses of weeds, almost being kicked in the face and not being able to keep my feet in the water when I was swimming leads me to believe that I need a lot more practice at this portion of the event!  I ended up doing a smoosh of BS and FC and exited the water dead last but I didn’t give up, just sucked it up and kept on going.  I knew once I hit the bike I would be fine – it was just getting there that was hard work – Man those buoys seemed so very far away!


Time: 29.27



Transition consisted of me pulling the wetsuit off in quick time, whacking my helmet on and donning the pirate shirt – it occurred to me as I was doing it that perhaps putting it on under my wettie would’ve been the better idea but eh live and learn.  I grabbed a banana, and a couple of gels and decided to forgo the armwarmers and the calve comp gear as they would’ve taken too long to get on.


Time: 3.58




Really enjoyed the bike and since I was last I just went hell for leather and caught one guy but everyone else was already long gone – so it was almost like a nice wee bike ride out but with arrows   I really liked the course – could be quite a fast one come September which makes me happy!  There was a headwind for the first 8 or so km but I just put my head down and kept on going.  My average moving speed was 15.2mph so I’m happy with that – room for improvement!


Time: 51:50



Decided to forgo hat and comp gear just put on shoes quick as I could and got out of there.  So quickly I forgot to grab my garmin off the bike!


Time: 1:47



It took half a lap for my legs to get over themselves and just run but once they did it was a good run.  I enjoyed myself and although I have to say running on the grass isn’t what I’m used to I also got over that!  With no garmin telling me my heart rate I just figured I would run at a comfortable speed that I could finish without stopping.  I did have to stop once when I grabbed a drink I went to sip it and ended up wearing most of it I am soooo elegant – not!  I liked the flat flat course and that also bodes well for September!


Time: 33:24


So all in all for someone who has never done a tri before I think I did okay – my cycle and run times were a little slower than I was expecting but I think that was just a cumulative thing and I’m well sure I can improve on it.  Big takeaway message was that I need to get out in the OW and swim with the freaking fishes man!

16/06/2013 at 16:45

MC I may have to join you on a Tuesday night!

Really enjoyed meeting Mark and LMH – LMH you really are the shiz – running like a steam train!!  I saw EP as we were packing the car up and yelled out (she was just coming out of T2) go Pirate but I don’t know if she heard me – very focussed she was!  Missed out on seeing GG but never mind there is always next time piggies! Next time!

The Evil Pixie    pirate
16/06/2013 at 16:57

*waves* Last pirate standing! I'm the pirate in residence at the water park too!

That was a speedy bike you did! I hate the wind.

For Wild boar you do the bike course 4 times which is nice in that you know where the bumps and turns are. We don't, however, run round the lake - sorry. It's out the park turn RIGHT then up to the A444 and back twice - it's err lumpy but the marshals are awesome!

16/06/2013 at 17:02

Bugger nevermind will find me some hills to run up - I shall be like speedy gonzalez on downers  Will see you at Outlaw! Enjoy the taper EP!

16/06/2013 at 17:08

well done buttercup

I haven't been to six hills for a while - I have been going to a place near Lincoln, but I could always be persuaded to go back to six hills!

are there loads of weeds at Bosworth?

16/06/2013 at 17:16

It seemed like it but I don't know what is the usual amount of weeds I was thinking it might be smart planning to go to MB instead of Six Hills - would you be keen for that? Get used to the course and all

16/06/2013 at 17:21

Loads mathschick - it was the weediest I have ever known it today.

Well done Buttercup! The swim is the hardest if you don't come from a swimming background but I think it's worse for Ken really (my ex swim coach) as he swims like a fish then waits for everyone to catch him on the bike or run!

GG - you don't need much for a sprint but if you're going to be going flat out for an hour and a half either some carb drink/gels dissolved in water on the bike or a gel a couple of miles before T2 would probably stand you in good stead.

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