Good to catch up with some familiar faces and meet some new ones at the weekend.
Firstly thank you as always to the supporters, I am sorry I did not speak to all after the event but the support is much appreciated. Well done to all who took part although I am not keen on the new discipline of bare foot bike carrying that GB is trying to introduce to the event.
All in all a satisfactory outing from my perspective. Not last out of the swim which is always a good result and actually quite enjoyed the second lap when I was fundamentally on my own except for wave wearing the light blue hats overtaking me. I for one was glad it was not a one lap swim further out into the lake.
I suspect like everyone I found the first few miles into the wind a bit dull but this was more than offset by the very agreeable downhill, downwind section. The 11 tooth ring on my rear cassette does not normally see that much action, which may explain why the cable seemed to stretch and I was only able to use part of the cassette on the second lap, and sadly not the 11.
I find the run one of the most enjoyable that I have done in triathlon with generally good surfaces and lots going on and good scenery. Managed to run at an even 8:10 to 8:20 min/mile as planned. After many frustrating years with lack of run training due to a succession of injuries I was pleased to be back somewhere close to where I would like to be.
Finished in 5;17:52. A personal best by almost ten minutes over my 2006 and 2007 times. Either they have shrunk the course or just a good day overall. (Except obviously for transition, where I suspect I have put up a good defence of my lost in transition award from Nice - I am to sure where the 3:26 in T2 went…..).
Whilst yellow is not my favourite colour, I am always pleased to be a part of the Pirates at the events I go to and in particular feel that the level of support both from those taking part and those supporting is a particular feature which helps to make the events enjoyable.
Another good trip away with the Pirates. As usual greatly enhanced by the support team. Great effort to keep the enthusiasm going all day.
i am sure that the swim from hell has been well documented already. I can safely say that in seven starts this was the most difficult for the longest time. I also know that we are very polite but forming an orderly queue to get up a narrow staircase after the swim was not wholly expected. As holder of the naff transitions award I will not dwell on this.
Great bike course until it rained on the descent. Very tricky and everyone will have had to slow down. I thought that the forecast was 27degrees even if it rained. Absolutely freezing with wet and wind chill. Unfortunately there were some fallers, I hope that all those I saw being carted away are safe and sound.
Another hugely successful transition, where does the time go to?
Very limited run training and so expectations were low setting out on the run and these low expectations were duly met by the middle of lap 2. Thanks to funkin without whom I might have ground to a complete halt and all the others who were so encouraging.
Pulled myself together with about 15 km to go. I find that it is on the run that the support really helps, thank you even if I did not appear grateful at the time!
Finish in 12.39.xx, which given the rain etc ( and the time spent in transition) was a result I am very happy with.
To be crystal clear about this : I HAVE NOT SIGNED UP FOR AUSTRIA. I plan to come and support.
Great to see some old faces and to meet new Pirates. Thanks to all for making it a great trip.
If you go up Col D'Eze, start is near the middle of Nice, about 400m (?) of vertical in 9km, you can go along the top of the ridge (D2564 I think) to La Turbie which is above Monaco. You can then go down and back along the coast road (normally busier) or not. You can go left at La Turbie and go inland but I cannot remember this very well as have only come back from Madone that way and it is probably hilly. I have been up to ColD'Eze a couple of times and it is quite a nice ride.