Posted: 07/07/2014 at 19:14
Apologies for it being late
Nice race report
It’s been a busy year, lots going on with work and so on. I broke my foot just after Christmas on my birthday celebration run which meant I didn’t start running until March and I’ve been really careful about stressing it too much.
It’s fair to say I didn’t get enough training in this year; certainly it looks like less than last year, but with a better base to start from and the knowledge that I’ve gone long once already. A horrible Bala tri made me feel even worse, so it was nice to swim further than race distance not long before we were due to fly out, and I felt happier swimming in my wetsuit now I’ve figured how far on it needs to go.
The air traffic controller strikes almost meant it wouldn’t be a worry anyway, but the one morning flight from Bristol never seemed to be affected, so it looked like I was going to have to get out there and do it.
We arrived on the Thursday to acclimatise, which was wise as it was rather warm out in the sun. We swam every day, there was a little boat bobbing around, just past the 300 m swim boundary so we headed out in that direction only to find it was sponsored by CompresSport, quickly nicknamed the ‘Teas of Nice’ boat they were offering tea, energy drink and free Nice wrist bands. A 1km swim on Friday (with wetsuit) and 600m on Saturday (sans wettie) go me a pair J I missed the morning run so failed to get a free visor so I said I’d buy one if I finished. Whilst we were there we went to look round the expo, lots of nice IM Nice stuff, which I took note of for Monday morning. I don’t like buying things before I’ve actually accomplished the race. I shall be buying some Outlaw stuff this year as I missed it all last year.
Racking and bag drop went ok, except for the fact that transition was REALLY long from start to finish and there was no sign of any change tent when I went down to rack. It wasn’t until I’d racked and walked out of transition that Mousicles pointed out I was still wearing my race number belt so I had to walk all the way back through to deposit it the relevant bag.
Race day – up at silly o’clock for a tin of rice pudding, couple of coffee and pre race poo. Thankfully we were staying five minute’s walk from transition so we didn’t need to leave to early. Final prep of street wear bag, drinks mixed and nutrition sorted and we headed down to sort the bike. Tires felt ok so I didn’t bother finding a track pump to actually check them properly. Wetsuit on and head down to the beach. I say beach and really mean a huge expanse of rocks and pebbles stretching down to the sea. I gingerly picked my way across to the very furthest reaches of the slowest start pen. The bruises on my soles from walking across the pebbles lasted until Tuesday.