|Posted by Rob Woollen on June 29, 2010 at 6:14 AM|
Wow! This was truly the hardest race I have ever entered. Only half the distance of Ironman, but so much harder!
After a fairly standard 1.9km swim in Ullswater we set off for the 56mile Bike route. Those familiar with the Lake District may know the Kirkstone Pass (including the top bit called - The Struggle. With a top speed of 41.2mph, and a lowest speed of about 4mph, I made it round with an average of just over 16mph.Thanks to all my clients I pushed on to stay on the bike for the whole course. There were two occasions on which it nearly beat me, and I was seriously considering getting off and pushing. I just felt that there was nothing left in my legs. But I thought of all the times that I have asked you, "Do you really need to stop?" and realised that my words would ring hollow unless I applied the same rule to myself.
In fact it was on the big hills that I learned a great lesson which I would like to pass on. This was my first proper test of my new bike - and I had gone for a triple chainset (3 rings on the front) for the first time ever as this allows easier gears for the bigger hills. But I learned that sometimes you can overuse the low gears, and actually get more tired by riding in the lowest gear than by riding with slower leg speed in a higher gear with a bit more "bite".
I fully intended to run the entire run section, and passed a number of walking athletes on the first mountain. Then I saw the second mountain -Fusedale - and the reason why only one person ran the entire course (all but 25m). I did manage to run the whole 13 mile course with the exception of Fusedale and came home on the hottest day of the year in a time I am happy with.
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