Really solid. Tapering week quite light due to timing of when I could get certain sessions in due to work etc. Training is still 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 – Friday – did manage food, rest, hydration etc more closely.
Felt good. Woke early and arrived at the event in plenty of time before my Wave start. Relaxed. Prepared well and ensured I did much fuller pre-race checks in terms of route, laps, position of bike etc.
Good ‘warm-up’ and the water wasn’t very cold. Decided to go out harder in the first 100m or so. Despite regular sighting I did tend to go a bit left of the pack/direct line. Tried to hang on the feet of people but they moved away from me before I gained much from that. Pushed hard but struggled to find a second gear.
Much better than last time. Did complete this pretty swiftly and smoothly. Had applied extra glide to shins and calves which seemed to help.
Closed road course. Very flat. 4 laps. Not very windy. Much improved getting feet into shoes which aided getting moving quickly. Sat in time trial position for the whole ride. Maintained a fairly even pace throughout I think. Felt good but just lacked the high end power.
This was a really good change I think. Won’t bother to use a running cap again – too hot and an extra bit of kit I don’t need!
The biggest difference that I have noticed is the ease of the first 200m when my legs feel so much better than previously – no doubt due to the number of brick sessions. I found the run hard but tried to keep a persistent pace and stride out the last 400m or so. Just not got any real speed.