|Posted by Rob Woollen on August 11, 2009 at 7:39 AM|
A great day had at Liverpool, this was their first mass participation triathlon. My real aim was to try out the swim coaching I have been getting in a real open water race.
The swim went really well, I had some "moments of clarity" where I really felt like I was swimming. Great points to use for anchoring in the future*. I came out of the water in just over 27 minutes which gives a speed of 2.06mph. This is slightly quicker than I normally do it, but the real difference was that I felt really strong. Usually I feel like I am drowning!
The bike was fun - I had a competitor (number 125) alongside me for the whole 25 miles, and we must have passed each other 30 times. He really made the race for me, and I sneaked home just ahead of him. The bike course was really badly set out, with a huge run over horrible ground between transition and the mount line. I also gave up a little time in transition to doing a full kit change
Maybe I did a little too much on the bike as at the start of the run my calves felt like planks of wood! After a few km they set into it. About 6 km into the run, I had my eyes on a guy in a green running vest. I convinced myself that although I could not beat him, I could at least stay just behind. 3km later I asked myself why I could not beat him. I hammered it home to take him and three other places, finishing the run in just uinder 46 mins and coming in at my second best ever time of 2:34:16
What I learned - Swimming can be fun!
If you convince yourself that you can;t beat someone you probably won't.
Having a great, evenly matched competitor alongside you makes hard racing great!
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