Race report for Aberfeldy sprint tri (750m, 20km, 5km).
I was in heat 5 of 8, as I'd put down a time of 14.30. They got the whole heat in the water at once, I was to be third to go but the second to go didn't turn up, so there was a 10-sec gap in front of me. The first to go warned us she'd accidentally put in too fast a time, and the last to go said he'd put in a time that was too slow.
So we started off, and I closed the 10-sec gap inside a length, tapped the toe of the girl in front, she let me past, all good. Tumbled at the end of the next length to realise she was still just behind me. 4 lengths on she tapped my foot twice, I stopped to let her past, she refused to go, I insisted. So she swam about half the pace I'd been going for a length and let me past again at the end, and stuck to my feet again for the rest of the swim. Deliberate drafting, I suppose, very tactical.
I never felt the kickboard they were supposed to hit us with at 2 lengths to go, and was beginning to panic when the lap-counter yelled at me. I turned around and got out having swum an extra 10m or so - oops! 14.20 out the pool.
I liked the bike. Only one major hill, quite a few cars but no obnoxious behaviour, no right turns . It was nicely shady too. I was drinking as much as I could hold, it was 25 degrees. I was alone most of the way, passed by 4 or 5 people I think. 58.40 back into transition.
The run. Well. On the race website, the run went around Aberfeldy, a few ups and downs. However, as there were so many people this year, they changed the route for safety reasons. The new route went straight up a hill and straight back down again.
Out of transition taking teeny little steps, up towards the first marshall who waved me (there were no other runners in sight) up a track going up a hill. I ran up it about 300m and realised I was not going to be able to run the whole way. Ate a gel at this point, too late I know, and power walked/jogged for a kilometre or so. Then some wonderful kids appeared with an extra water station and a hose with a spray attachment. By this point the faster runners from the wave behind were catching me, and we all ran through the spray. Jogged a bit more, walked/jogged a bit, encountered a cattle grid that the organisers had covered with wood. Unfortunately a car had driven over it and broken all the wood, so there was a marshall guarding a gate next to the grid for us to run through. Ran the next bit as it was shady, then out into the full heat again and I could not keep running up the hill. So I walked/ran to the top (90m or so above where we'd started), turned around and ran back down, past the kids with the hose again . One thing I will say for the run, it was impossible not to have a negative split! Finish 37. something.
I've been really busy with work recently, but have managed to do some training despite being kneed in the head by a horse and having an interview for a new job. I've also borrowed my mum's road bike and feel like I'm flying. I have to give it back after this weekend, so I think that upgrading from the hybrid is definitely going to be my next tri purchase.
Aberfeldy sprint on Sunday, my first race this year. I'm very nervous, because every finisher from last year did the run in less than my 5k PB! But my swim and bike should be acceptable. Still, someone has to come last...
I've been epileptic for 22 years now, since I was 6ish. It's never affected my sport - I swam competitively at school, I've got a green belt at Judo, have fenced, trampolined and cycled.
I've been on my current medication for 12 years (they didn't medicate me at first because my fits were only one a year and they hoped I'd grow out of it, put me on valproate at 12 when the fits became slightly more frequent,then changed it to lamotrigene when I was 16). Once the medication was right, I've had no further fits (11 years now and my driving licence is no longer only a 3-year one).
Basically, if you are lucky like me you may just be able to take the medicine twice a day and forget about it otherwise. Yes I have a necklace, I carry a card with my medication details and so on, but that's no hassle. I'll never be able to scuba dive, but that's not really much of a hardship.