Posted: 21/07/2015 at 14:10
Very late and not very well written race report:
Winter training went well, lots of time on the turbo and swimming and in the spring Flyaway agreed to mentor me. Just as the weather was improving I went for a ride on dry roads and managed to find a wet corner to go round to fast and fell off. 3 weeks in plaster with my thumb wired put a bit of a dent in my swim training and forced me back indoors on the turbo (upto 2:30hrs at a time). I came back from holiday with 10 weeks to go and with some guidance from Flayaway put a lot more intensity and quality to my training then I have previously.
Boy is that a long drive. Great to meet up with so many Pirates, old friends and new acquaintances in and around the town and expo. A couple of swims in the amazingly clear and comfortably warm lake and a bike tune up and it was time to race.
Quick warm up and a good luck from Flayaway Raf and the Major and in to the lake, took a few hundred meters to calm down and find my pace but soon found some good feet and settled in. Busy but no fighting up to the first turn and again good feet to the second turn. Once round the second turn it was straight into the sun and hard to sight, couldn’t find any good feet going in the right directions so more of a solo swim to the canal. What a mess! Stirred up and murky and full of swimmers all going different speeds, it turned into a wrestling match in places as fast swimmers from the wave behind forced their way round and over slower swimmers from the other waves. One nasty elbow to the top of my head and finally the exit was in sight. Swim time 1:15:46.
I didn’t rush the run to transition but by the time I’d crossed the road I was half way out of my wetsuit and realised that my Garmin hadn’t started properly or I’d pressed the wrong buttons for multisport. This error meant a day of mental arithmetic which got hard and harder as my brain got more and more tired. Grabbed my bag and a lovely young lady offered to help me with my suit and then sorted everything out off my bag ready for me to put on, you don’t get that at many races. She wasn’t quite as willing as Nursey’s assistance though. 6:51 for T1 not great but there is quite a lot of ground to cover.