Didn't get near it unfortunately. Swam well and started well on the bike. Punctured after 30 minutes. Big mistake was trying to make up time after that. Tired myself out after about 140k and struggled big time. The run was just thinking about finishing. Came in 10th in 11:30 and I'm happy enough to take a lot of experience from it! Main mistake was thinking I could race faster than I was training.. Doesn't seem to work with the long distance racing!! Great day out anyway on an outstanding course.
Cheers. Ready as can be for my first long distance race.. its in Killarney, Ireland and called Hardman. Really nice course. Only 70+12 teams taking part so it will be a lonely race! There is a standard race going on around the same time but they'll start and mostly finish while we're away on the bike.
This Saturday. Think I'm prepared okay for it. Not great, but okay
I did an hour fairly easy on the bike yesterday and felt rubbish. Think that's just mind games though. Taper has been good and the physio said yesterday that everything's in good shape. Happy with all the kit and nutrition. The weather looks perfect. No excuses basically!
I'll do a 40 minute run tonight, maybe a 15 minute swim tomorrow and 30 minutes on the bike course Friday then that's me done. Sub 10 will be tough obviously.. if I manage it I know it will be very tight. Very dependent on a good bike. I think I can swim around an hour and run around 3:20.
Also entered IM Mont Tremblant for next year. Something to look forward to!
Isn't IMUK about 30 minutes slower than most? Positions what really matters anyway
Its an Adamo saddle that I'm pretty comfortable on now. I'll probably pass on the second shorts then.
Its a local non IM race. There are plenty of aid stations, roughly 30k apart but I don't know how the drinks will actually be distributed. I think it would be a case of stopping and refilling the bottle before getting back on the bike again. That's why i'm thinking it may be easier to carry 3 bottles. It is a hilly course though, so its hard to know. As well as that I have no idea what drinks will actually be available at the stations. Suppose I should find that out.
Any experience with the Castelli Stealth T1 top?
The belt for the run, you're right I can just carry 2 gels each lap or stick them in my pocket and have water at the stations.. i'm sure there will be plenty around the course.
Race prep thoughts.. hopefully some of more experienced of you can advise!
I was thinking of wearing a long sleeve top for the bike leg.. what do others put on for the bike? Toe covers? Second pair of shorts? I'm not sure whether to stick them on or not. I've done 4+ hours in the trisuit but I hear the roads are pretty rough so might be smart. Aside from a few seconds to stick the shorts on there's no real disadvantage right? I've ordered a 2 piece tri suit after a late change of mind. Never wore one before but as long as it fits it should be much the same. I'll try it out before the day anyway.
Nutrition.. i'm thinking bring 2 bottles on the frame + the profile design bottle at the front with high5 4:1 in 2 and electrolyes in one. high5 first then refil with electrolytes then refil with high 5 again. Half way round is a bag drop so get 3 new bottles and repeat. On top of that i've got a top tube bag with a fig roll for every 30 minutes.
The run is 3 x 14k loops. I've ordered a belt that will carry 2 small bottles (looks like about 200ml) and a small pouch for food/gels. Never thought i'd wear one but i think it will help! Water (or more high5?) in each bottle and refil each lap. 2 gels per lap..
Just back from the physio and she's given the all clear for my achilles injury. Very welcome news!