Training for a shorter Tri

For those not yet up to IM

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01/10/2013 at 13:07

The Hill! This hill was one we had done before and it had 2 nasty little ramps. I wanted to cycle the whole thing as I knew I could but I was having huge problems getting my heart rate down. So when I hit the first ramp it rocketed and I was near to throwing up. This made me get off and walk for the first section, I felt disappointed to walk but after another quick stern talking to I realised it wasn't just about the bike and I had to save something for the bike. Pulling out was not an option, I was getting to the end no matter what. Half way up the second steep ramp I met kylie who was doing really well. She had had a little panic attack at the start but soon talked herself round and had a decent swim and was almost finished with the bike, she only had one lap, so jealous of her at that point! At the top of the hill was the glorious long downhill section and this is where I began to over take those mountain goats who had glided past me previously. 

  The second lap went by with no real hitches and I even managed to climb The Hill with only a little walking, less this lap which I'm putting down to getting my heart rate down and settling into things. The descent was glorious, long swooping downhills on good roads. But why do other people take such risks when there is no real gain. One guy didn't like being overtaken by me so, peddling like a man possessed overtook me and the guy in front on the other side of the road Round a blind corner. Luckily he made round fine, but why take such a risk?!?   Into transition and I was in and out within 51 seconds, the quickest I moved all day. Kylie had finished by now and she warned me "Be careful of the hills... What goes up must come down". Not really what you want to hear. The run consisted of 2 laps of an out and back course. If I'm honest it was an awful run. It was hilly, which although wasn't fun wasn't the big issue. The main problem was it was all on a single narrow track which was vastly overgrown which created a problem when trying to pass, or in my case, people passing me. I seems to be constantly stopping to allow faster people past. There was also a number of kissing gates which broke your rhythm up completely, not something I enjoyed to be honest. Up the slope I walked, I did have to walk the ups but ran the downs which I felt was acceptable, and onto the flat section. I managed to get into a rhythm and was starting to feel good so round the cone and onto the second lap. The first thing I noticed was this lap was a great deal lonelier. There were far less people on running now, what with the novice all finished and the faster people now enjoying a large bacon sarnie. Off I plodded and soon found myself at the top turn around. I began to suffer with cramp in my quads but ignoring them and telling myself I was nearly finished. At this point I knew that baring any major issue I was going to finish. It was just are this fantastic thought that I tripped on a branch and nearly fell down the cliff, why do I say these things out loud as I always tempt fate! Up the last slope and I got to turn towards the big blue finish arch. Managing a little sprint over the line I had finished. My first triathlon was complete and I felt ecstatic!    After grabbing my finishers t shirt and medal it was time for the compulsory finish line photos and to grab something to eat. I felt amazing, proud to have completed  our first tri and doing something so far out of our comfort zone and coming out the other side as winners!    Would I do another one...well I'll wait until the aching muscles die down but I can't wait to find another event to sign up to. It was a great event and I hope it runs again next year as I now have a time to beat! 
Cake    pirate
01/10/2013 at 13:09

 mmmmmm hill's

Nice one mate and well done Kylie.

01/10/2013 at 13:10

Apologies for the huge block of text, it wasn't meant to be like that, but I'm using my iPad at work and it appears to hatof anything I do 

01/10/2013 at 13:31

Brilliant race report Rocco! And well done to Kylie too!

My friend ended up being second lady in the spint (bit jealous but she's trained a lot).

Can't wait for some tri action next year!

01/10/2013 at 14:05



Well done Rocco and Kylie.

01/10/2013 at 14:17

Thanks guy   I have decided to postpone my IM debut and concentrate on some shorted stuff as, If I'm honest, I did very little training for this and it did show at a number of points, especially during the run. So now I have some things to work on during the winter and let's see what I can really do next year! 

01/10/2013 at 14:38

well done rocco and kylie, great report

01/10/2013 at 15:08

Damn I'm so struggling with my running atm. Plan was to do the parkrun route but the first mile is ever so slightly uphill, you wouldn't notice if you were fit but in my state, I'm really struggling with my breathing. Ended just doing the first loop and a bit, 2.5 miles done. Lot of work to be done.

01/10/2013 at 15:16

well done rocco and kylie.

where is that tri? hills sound lovely!!! i want a go!!! 

01/10/2013 at 15:21

Hills! you maddo oii! I will need to work on hills/inclines/anything that goes up...

01/10/2013 at 16:12

mikasa - I am struggling with hills too, and running... I am sticking to my run/walk regime and increasing the running sections slightly each week though - I must be improving although it still feels hard

went to a new runnning shop in Nottingham today and bought some winter kit - my thermal tights from 2 years ago are too big and fall down now () - got some lovely under armour tights and warm top, bring on winter

decided to have a total rest day as I just feel shattered

01/10/2013 at 16:23

Snap been looking at winter tights too as I only have my compression tights - 

First day was good the walk from Beeston station wasn't too far and it should be around a 15-20min run.  I got the look when I said i would be running/biking to LB station then running from Beeston only took a year for the last workplace to stop commenting on the amount of biking/running I do.


01/10/2013 at 16:48

buttercup - I love the under armour ones, really warm and comfy

just noticed the swimathon is the same weekend as Loughborough half so not sure that it is a good idea! Although by March next year hopefully a 5k swim won't wipe me out as much as it does now. Any thoughts anyone?

As I was rejected for London (not bothered really, rather do something that involves less hassle getting there and back) I have just entered the Great Welsh marathon - planning a week in Wales as it is the middle of the Easter Hols, just hope OH can book the time off work


01/10/2013 at 16:54

oh, I could do the swimathon on the Friday, rest on Saturday and loughborough half on Sunday - just noticed that a different pool has the 5k on the Friday evening - that sounds like a better plan. Wonder if I could get close to 1:30? But you have to put whether you are medium slow or medium fast? No idea what I will be in March, and what is the difference

01/10/2013 at 16:58

Where is the Friday one? As I had the same thoughts MC.

01/10/2013 at 17:15

I'm doing a Friday one at Abbey fields in kenilworth, it starts at 6.30pm, I hop they stay open late

Glad your first day went well Buttercup. Great report Roco and well done to Kylie.

I better go swimming then..............

Cake    pirate
01/10/2013 at 17:21

Guys they should say on the entry for the swimathon what the cut off time will be for each session it will vary from pool to pool.

MC No reason why you can't do both but it might effect your time if you want to pb and your going to get knackered.

01/10/2013 at 17:25

I know last time there was a cut off of 2 and a half hours, I did it in 2:20 or something like that (maybe it was 2:17 something)

buttercup - the Friday one near me is at Bingham. Could look for somewhere near you if you fancy doing it together - or in Nottingham if you fancied doing it after in Nottingham after work. 

01/10/2013 at 17:31

there doesn't seem to be any info about cutoff times, in fact the website is worse than it was last year! Maybe there are different organisers

01/10/2013 at 17:37

oh - buttercup if you take your bike on Friday cycle past Dunkirk Island (near the university) and get some free kit from the police - bag, hi vis vest and bike lights

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