This athlete has only been with us for 6 to 8 weeks and this race was added so we could benchmark where the athlete is and therefore shape the next few months of training
Sunday prior to the event had a recurrence of a strained right hamstring. Attended physiotherapy on Tuesday which went well – included some acupuncture to get to deep tissue. Hamstring sore for a couple of days following so decided to stay off it. Did first open water swim on Thursday – 1 x1000m and 1 x 500m. V cold initially but it proved really helpful to have completed this prior to race day as I was somewhat acclimatised to the shock effect of the cold water.
Training in the lead up had been fairly consistent other than the 2 weeks immediately prior to the race where the issue of the hamstring (following the bike) was an issue. Training was largely base-building i.e. not race pace which resulted in the race being very comfortable in terms of completing distances etc.
Day immediately prior to the race – Saturday – did not try to manage food, rest, etc just had a ‘normal’ day. I would usually like to manage this more closely.
Felt good. This was the first big triathlon I have done. Previous races have been with a relatively small number of entrants. This was great preparation for future races.
Despite lots of gathering of kit etc I still failed to get a couple of things right which fortunately were not a real deal breaker but would have made things easier e.g. forgot my Garmin watch so had no idea of how I was doing in terms of time; no rubber bands for shoes etc.
Good ‘warm-up’ and the cold water was not a big shock having done the open water work earlier in the week. Previously have tried to swim to the side of the pack. This time I swam towards the back but in the main body – loads of contact which again is great practice for future events. I felt fine – didn’t thrash myself – time reflects this (and the number of swimmers!)
I failed to prepare myself for T1 as I was finishing the swim. Head not in the right place to get fully engaged with the fastest transition.
Bike: (0:44:44 = 33.53kmh)
Road course. Quite windy in parts. Managed to stay in the TT position for the whole 25km. Felt comfortable – just lacking the power of other athletes who were able to drive much bigger gears at a higher rpm.
Annoyingly I missed the fact that the bike racks were labelled with a row letter. I managed to miss this when I came in with my bike and went to the wrong row!
If this is actually my run time I will be very pleased as that is a lot closer to our ideal phase 1 goal of 20 mins. Legs straight off the bike were great. However …. I managed to enter the wrong funnel as I left the first lap of the run (not the only person to do it) and ended up crossing the finishing line after just 1 lap. I went straight out and rejoined the course – a bit frustrating. My hamstring was ok – I didn’t push it to the very limit just in case. Not sure if I could have done very much faster but I didn’t go to the very edge.
Completed 10-15 mins of stretching immediately afterwards. No specific refuelling.
Summary – Positives
- Really enjoyed this race and so pleased to have got the first triathlon of the year done.
- The distances are not an issue – even with an extended bike section and with having done much less swimming this year than last.
- Run time was great (for me) – if that was accurate
Summary – Areas to build on
- Preparation – need to create a checklist of kit, things to do the day before a race, on race day etc. to get greater consistency
- More open water swimming. May get swim lessons to improve technique.
- Mentally preparing for each transition
- Re-start daily stretching/mobilising routine
- Begin to get race weight down to 78kgs for end of June
This was a really good race that I completed at about 90% of current limits. The finishing times etc reflect this. They also reflect that this is only 6 weeks into the programme that has mostly been base-building to date.
Feel fine today with very little muscle soreness.