Posted: 04/06/2015 at 01:38
Well done Flyaway, fantastic result and you still had time to say go Pirate to the rest of us, thanks!
Well I suppose I better post a race report and bore the bejesus out of you.
Started badly with the guy next to me telling me he was having a wee, then we were off and although I was near the back someone was half way up my calf for the first 5 mins so I was swimming far too quickly too soon and nearly gassed out. Took the decision to tread water for 20 seconds or so to get my breath and regain some composure before setting off again at a pace I was comfortable with. Glad I did or it could have been a very short day. After that it was plain sailing although the exit was a bit busy.
Took ages in getting extra clothing out of waterproof plastic bags, sorting nutrition out, trying not to fall over as I was still dizzy from the swim, make-up...the usual. On the plus side I found my bike straight away, which is a first.
First 12 miles I was flying, at least by my standards, and couldn't believe how many people I was overtaking. Then I took a left at some lights and felt the bike almost come to a stop. Pulled over to see that the wheel was rubbing on the top of the frame, how the hell is that even possible? True though as a kindly gent stopped his race to help me and we looked at each other as if to say WFT. Glad he was there for his help and the fact he was a witness that I wasn't delirious and imagining things. Anyhoo after taking the front wheel off a few times it righted itself and I got going again, only losing about 10 minutes. All was OK again 'til I hit the hill Oxten is it? Anyway then my front brake decided to stick so went all the way up with the break rubbing. Oh and a lady decided to stop right in front of me half way up and I just managed to avoid going in to the back of her. Sorted the rubbing brake out at the top and got going again. Rest of the bike was relatively uneventful except for the bloody wind an rain.
Saw a few other Pirates out there who gave me plenty of encouragement and actually had a good chat with Big Kev for a while, which was nice. The marshals out on the course were great and there was plenty of support for a Pirate.
Came in to T2 and legs felt pretty fresh considering that, although it's not a hilly course, I was on the pedals pretty much all the time.
Again far too much time spent faffing about, God only knows what I was doing, my nails I think.
The run is normally my least favourite discipline but I loved this run, yes because it was flat but most of all because of the fantastic support from other competitors, Pirates, supporters and volunteers. It was fantastic and kept me going even in to the headwind that kept hitting me on the way round. Have to say I wasn't taking any chances of bonking and ran the course but walked the feed stations filling my face with Jaffa cakes, crisps, coke, High 5 and bananas. I actually think I put weight on during the race but I kept going and although it wasn't a great time (6:55), I had a great day.