I had a very hard day at the office at Roth on Sunday. I was still really suffering the aftereffects of my various ailments and struggled all day to keep my HR under control and get enough oxygen in
Swim: I was so, so slow - even when below par I'd expect to get out the water in 70 minutes or less, but my chest was so tight I couldn't breathe properly, and it took me over 80 minutes, as I had to stop for a restorative float a few times!
I was knackered when I got out of the water and found the first loop of the bike hard going - it was pretty windy. Second loop was easier and I loved the whole hearted roadside support - really remarkable, Off the bike in 7h 20something, which isn't great, but OKish.
I felt heinous going in to the run, my muscles were really protesting the lack of oxygen and the work I was asking them to do, and I only managed to run the first 10k before the wheels irrevocably came off! I powerwalked the remaining 32K But every time I tried to run, my chest just exploded with pain.
All in all, I shambled home in 15.45, (a personal worst by 1 and a half hours ) which considering I didn't even think I'd make it through the swim I will take happily
A much, much more painful experience than any race I've ever done, but also a good lesson in never understimating your own limits. I'm glad I did it.
Can't believe it's just about here for most of you guys - will keep an eye on the PC Sunday and virtually cheer you all on GOODLUCKGOODLUCKGOODLUCK!!
As for me, despite wandering round trying to train for an unknown period of time with pneumonia, I am astonishingly still in one piece and feeling just about human again! I've had a couple of mini swimbles and a few turns on the bike. I'm off to try a wee run-ette this morning. I'm still no 100%, my chest feels slightly tight at the "top" of each breath, IYKWIM, but I am streets ahead of where I was last week.
I'm still going to have a go at Roth next weekend, but it is definitely a case of getting sensible head on, and if I DNF, I DNF. Can't be helped. There's always the consolation of currywurst and beer