I’ll start with the race, after all it came first.
This is a festival of events, I was in the first race of the day, along with the majority of participants. It was 500m swim, 15K Bike, 5K run. So short and sharp, not really my speciality (if I have such a thing), I don’t like pushing the “x” limit. My body much better designed for the longer events. Well anyway, it’s probably the only short tri I will do this summer. It’s a new event held out at Pegasus.
And it was a great event, really well run. John did an awesome job, about 3 days ago we got an email with a complete race information document. Only the really serious events (ie Ironman) give you those. It was really great.
Back to the race…. As always, I arrived way early. I honestly planned to get there 7:30, ended up being there at 6:40. Go figure, I allow for contingency.
Rach captured, my “waiting moment”
I wasn’t nervous, but I don’t like hanging out around the hype of transition. I’ll always find a spot away from everyone to wait until its time to get ready to race.
Swim – didn’t go “great” I got stuck behind people at the start, I eventually got clear water and was able to breathe.
Bike – Also, wouldn’t put it in the “great” territory. The course has a lot of corners, which means a lot of acceleration. I find that hard, you just couldn’t get a good rhythm going… thus I couldn’t put my power into the pedals, like I like to
Run – Let me surprise you all, I will put this as my best leg of the day (well, I am comparing it to me and running). I got a nice pace going, the usual suspects eventually caught and past me.
I was in transition, just put my shoes on when the loud-speaker said Gail was on the run course, so she wasn’t far in front of me. I was about 1/2 way though my second lap when I heard she had finished… just to give you perspective.
But was extremely happy with my result, that had me doing about 5:10 pace around.
Epic Long Bays
I didn’t wait around and watch the rest of the races, or go to prize giving. That was because I still had a 4 hour ride to do, and I didn’t want to be getting home to late in the day. I got home, had some food, chilled for an hour or so and headed out just before one.
The weather had turned to a nasty nor-east since the morning. It wasn’t cold, but it was windy and wet. I was fine heading out to Tai Tap, I had a bit of a tail wind. My legs were a bit sore from the morning, but they seemed to loosen up quite well.
But heading out towards the blue duck, the wind turned to a side wind and it was blowing! I ended up being scared shitless, I had abandoned the aero’s fairly early. But there were a couple of points the wind literally pushed me almost into the middle of the road. With the cars that go past down that road I was really worried. At one point if I hadn’t known that Eamon had an appointment, I probably would have stopped and begged for a pickup. As it was I was really close to just pulling over and sobbing. And was seriously considering turning around, but I would still have to deal with the side wind on the way back.
Anyway, I eventually got off that road, never so glad of anything. unfortunately, that meant I had turned into Gebbies Valley and right into the gullet of the wind. It was sole destroying, never have I groveled up that valley like I did today. Thankfully, once you make it on to the climb proper you get a bit of shelter.
Heading around the bays it was Ok, they are fairly sheltered. As soon as I crested Evans Summit, the storm seem to have completely cleared itself away. There was barely any wind (unfortunately, I had been looking forward to the tail wind home). I had planned to tack on a bit more at the end of long bays, to make up the 4hours, but I was so shattered, I just went straight home.
This is why I always do my long rides in the morning… I didn’t see another cyclist at anytime on my entire circumnavigation, so they obvious wiser than me