But anyway, it was back into transition & a change of shoes & off onto the run. I’d forgotten how dead ones legs feel (again, I’d clearly been very prepared for this as I’d not done a single brick session since my last tri in Sept last year!) & for some reason I couldn’t feel my feet at all, but just had to get on with it! Once that nasty little hill up the castle was out the way and I was back on the flat I got into a rhythm & started to feel everything again & started to feel good.
The second lap felt faster than the first and the third felt faster than the second and then coming up the last section before the finish chute I saw someone ahead of me & thought right, I’m gonna get her, so put a turn of speed on & got past her in the finish chute, but then forgot just how long that finish chute at Windsor is and was like “seriously, where is the finish line as my lungs are going to burst in a minute!”. Thankfully I held on & it was a big grin & thumbs up for the camera’s over the line!
I did however get another rude shock (even more than the bike!) when I saw my run time; 2 years ago my ITB went after the first lap so I had to walk large sections, but this year I ran the whole way & my time was only 13 seconds faster (and if it hadn’t been for the sprint up the finish chute I probably would have been slower)!! I’m still quite baffled as to how that is as I felt really strong on the run and even at a slow run its faster than walking, so that really has got me scratching my head.
But, at the end of the day I got across the finish line unscathed & uninjured which is always the main thing, and the fact that my bike, run, T1 & T2 times had all improved from 2 years ago (albeit only marginally, but that’s still better than going backwards!) is a bonus. Times & placing’s were:
Overall: 165 / 303 (248th in the swim, 81st on the bike, 180th on the run)
Female: 30 / 100 (73rd in the swim, 8th on the bike, 35th on the run)
Age group: 7 / 19 (14th in the swim, 2nd on the bike, 7th on the run)
Swim (750m): 23.45 (told you I'm a slow swimmer, although I can do 750m in ~18mins in a lake, which is still slow but the current at Windsor plays a big part)
Bike (30km): 55.33
T1: 4.34 (still lots of work to do there - gotta stop drying between my toes )
Well I completed my first tri of the year on Sunday; Windsor (I was supposed to have done one in May but dodgy knees took care of that one!).
My race started at 6.16am so the alarm went off just before 4am & I arrived about 5.15am so plenty of time to check my steed was still in one piece (as you have to register & rack the day before) and setup and chill before squeezing into my wetsuit (which I’d only dug out & checked on Saturday night – oops!) and it was off down to the water for the start.
I did Windsor 2 years ago and have to say that the current this year felt stronger – at one point I’d done about 3-4 “swim-breathe” cycles & realised I was still looking at the same point on the bank so was like ok need to pull a little harder through here! Also at the turn buoy, as soon as I turned sideways I got pushed straight towards the buoy (squishing the poor person next to me into it so was like “sorry!!”) but obviously it meant the 1/3 of the swim that was downstream to the exit point was quite pleasant!
Last time I did it I had a nightmare of a swim mentally; it was my first ever tri & was a rude awakening as to how slow a swimmer I am, as people from 3 waves later were passing me, which is quite a depressing shock, and while I had done a few open water swims in a lake, I think the nerves of being the first tri, facing a current & being swum over the top of etc was all a bit much & it took every bit of mental strength to not put my hand up & ask to get out!
But these days I just accept I’m crap at swimming & generally just go into my own little bubble & get on with it, but only 1 wave passed me this year & I even caught up with the slower swimmers from the earlier wave so that was a bit of a mental boost to the day! My time was actually a couple of seconds slower than 2 years ago, but after mauling my shoulder last year which really put a dint in my swimming & the fact that the current was stronger this year, I was reasonably happy to come out with the time I did.
After the long run to transition managed to get my wetsuit off straight away (normally 1 or 2 limbs get stuck & it involves a lot of yelling & looking like an idiot before it comes off!) then once I’d stopped shivering managed to do my helmet up & get shoes on etc & off onto the bike I went.
The bike course on Windsor is lovely – pretty much flat with only a couple of small rises to slow you down but most of the time it was down on the aero bars & head down & away. It was actually the first tri I’d used my tri bike on which was a bit of a novelty, but she felt absolutely lovely! I passed lots & lots of people and only had 1 person pass me, which when I saw her calves was like “woah, she could be Chrissie’s body double”. I made a mental note of her number & looked up her result & she won the female Olympic distance by a country mile so she was good!
So loved the bike course and loved using my tri bike, but disappointingly my time was only a minute faster than 2 years ago. I know I did a pretty good time 2 years ago but as that was my first tri I remember consciously holding back a bit as I had no idea how my legs would feel for the run, but yesterday I decided to hammer the bike & it felt fast, so to only have come out a minute faster I was quite gutted. But there was a bit of a headwind in places so that does play its part & I also probably faffed a few times getting the water bottle in / out and having a small cruise session while I was drinking, so it all adds up.
But anyway, it was back into transition & a change of shoes & off onto the run. I’d forgotte
Maths, cake, cat, chili - hello!! How are you all?
Steady - am sorry to hear about your DNF *big hugs* Sounds like you did quite a number on your toe though so I think you did really well for getting as far on the bike as you did! It must be absolutely gutting though But definitely sounds like a good plan to recharge batteries before jumping back on the ship again!
cat - bummer you're on the injury wagon too & will miss Bristol - bah, hate injuries!! What have you done to yourself? Frustrating as it is (really really frustrating!), it is the best long term solution to properly deal with the injury then come back slowly and then hopefully you'll have hit it on the head completely. Having re-started running more times than I care to count I share your pain (although I just seem to develop a new injury each time so please don't follow that lead )
chili - have fun WWR - brilliant fun!!
I'm off to a sports massage tonight to try & sort some trouble areas out so bring on the pain!!
Hi everyone, how are you all (for anyone that remembers me)!? I am still alive & kicking even though I've been absent for a bit!
The short summary of what I've been up to - managed to do 2 sprint tri's in Sept last year (which, after mauling my shoulder I was quite happy to hit the finish line in one piece!), then had some travel for work, then was home in Aus for nearly a month at Christmas, then got back properly into training early in the year, only to have my good knee poop itself about 6/7 weeks ago.
I've therefore already missed 2 events and am not sure whether I will make it to my main event of the year, the Etape, which is in 4.5 weeks, but I am back on the bike & will give it my best try to be ready!
I'm supposed to be doing Windsor tri on the 16th (although I've dropped from oly to sprint because of my knee & suspect I may end up walking the run as its tolerating cycling a lot more than running), so if anyone else is going to be there let me know!
Anyway will stop waffling; would love to hear how everyone else is (I have to confess I'm not going to go back & read the hundreds of pages since I've been around!) - or drop me a note in my inbox & I'll get back to you!