Posted: 06/10/2013 at 11:16
Well i got through kielder ok, Really didnt know how i would hold up as 5 weeks of bsically doing nothing was not ideal preperation ! Set off on the first 7 mile run which is just hill after hill and amazed myself by knocking out a couple of 7 min miles, finished only 15secs per mile slower than last year, so a great start to the day.
Into transition and jump onto the bike and straight up a short sharp steep hill, last year i averaged about 13.5mph over the ride and wanted to beat it this year. Started well but the middle section my lack of fitness caught up with me and i really struggled, no energy and feeling very sick, kept drinking to keep me going and started to pick it up a bit towards the end and was desperate to get off the bike. Fnished the bike averaging 13.7mph ! Just over a minute faster than last year, into transition, jump off the bike and immediately get cramp in the back of my left thigh.
Squeezed it as hard as i could and no way it was stopping me, so off on the last 4 mile run, first mile flew by but then i was dying, my right quad was titening up and every step felt like someone was gripping it tighter and tighter, determined i wasnt stopping or walking , developed a slight limp to ease it a bit but kept going. Before i knew it i spotted the 800m left sign as a gut caught me up and encouraged me to go wit him, tucked in behind and upped tthe pace, crossed the line in 2:36:??, under 3 mins slower than last year but was over the moon with that as last year i was super fit !
a great day, perfect weather, well organised, nice medal and t shirtbut without doubt the hardest thing i do all year, said this was my last one but obviously will be back next year with stringy and i want to get comfortably under 2:30 !
foot held fine during e run but ached as soon as i finished, expected to be in agony today but woke up and it feels exactly s same as it does every morning ! S taking that as a good sign