Posted: 01/09/2014 at 20:18
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.