Posted: 23/09/2013 at 09:57
Well done TT, Al P for a double thread win The other side of Forest.
Was also in Forest as TR mentioned. Met him in transition and he has more hair than when I saw him last. Swim was a lot short (maybe 500/600) but had no idea until I got out water. Appears I was in 3rd place at this point but didn't know that. Hadn't done the training for this race (only shorter stuff) having only entered a few weeks back. Mistake for such a tough course.
On bike took a couple of guys within early part of bike and couldn't see anyone else ahead so thought I was now leading. Didn't last long before guys came past. Bike was really hard and think a road bike with bars would have been ideal due to better handling and climbing. Kept a steady eating drinking routine, every time I took a piece of energy bar, 5mins later had a noticeable effect. Quite hard though to make sure you eat and drink regularly when trying to stay on the limit. Last mile of bike was up a biggish hill which I took in lowest gear. Legs were cramping for a few miles before so knew run would be tough.
T2 was slow and changed the strap on chip to over sock as cutting into ankle. First few miles of run were so slow, no running legs and had dnf thoughts. Got over that by saying 1 foot in front of other. Legs better after 2m and plan was to take the uphills and downs easy to stop cramps. This worked but cost me time. Broke the non walking rule on 2 big hills using power walking, hands on thighs technique. Finished in 10th, 3rd V40. Left ball of foot sore from rocky paths today. This was my 5th race of this distance and have cramped every time. Got to be down to not enough hard long bike miles as had enough salts.