Posted: 21/08/2016 at 20:54
Lyrics...er, no. Sorry. Clearly I sing along to the wrong lyrics at silly o'clock.
"(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" by Otis Redding is what I should have posted.
Cotswold 113 classic middle distance triathlon (half ironman distance)
1.2 mile swim. 56 mile bike. 13.1 mile run.
A wave start, I was given the last wave (7). Pros and cons. On the positive I had lots of people to chase down and overtake. On the negative, the lake smelled like poo at the start.
Swim start. I was cold by the time we got to my time. Actually shivering. At least I knew that the lake was quite warm, and with that we were off. Keeping the work rate up, and keeping up with a couple of pairs of toes that were with me all the way.
Transition 1. All prepared and ready. Dab feet with towel, socks have talc in them already. Number 1 sock rips in half. Uh? Realise that half a sock is going to be OK, finish transition. My time implies that I also took a coffee and slice of cake.
Bike. Quite breezy. Downwind needed to smash it, 24mph. Into wind needed to be aero to drag out 17mph. Tried not to draft. But it was really useful having a hulk just ahead of the draft zone for occasional periods. I loved the single hill. The TT bikes hit the struggle button, and I just got out the saddle and delivered. Better still, the knowledge of the course meant that I could quickly bang the way up to top gear and smash the down hills. The corners on that bit needed knowledge to hit hard. Loved them.
Average on the bike was a shade under 20mph, which was a surprise as I was at mile 42 in 2 hours and didn't let up. Happy with the bike.
(There was a head to head crash between 2 fast bikes, and we had to dismount and jog/walk past) Nasty.
Transition 2. Dump bike, grab shoes. Again it appears that I had more coffee.
Run. 3 laps.
Feeling good. I'd spun out the legs prior to arrival in T2 and got going. 8:12 for the first mile. 8:15 second. Ooh, this could be fun. As it went on the pace went back to a more normal level. Lap 1 - feeling good. I'm taking this in slices.
Lap 2 - this is my bogey lap. Mustn't let the focus slip. Keep pegging along with runners I want to target. It felt good.
Lap 3 - Oh yes. Just 4-ish miles. Mile 1 great. Mile 2 paid for it. Mile 3 - Thanks to Cardiff tri lady. I needed your pacing and conversation. It dragged me and my empty tank. Mile 4-ish Thanks Cardiff. It's time to open the tap....and open it... and open it....and a big sprint finish with a showboat for the cameras.
5:26:08 and 29th in age group 50+, 9th in age group 55+, 1st in my club, 1st Pirate.