So yesterday I had a little whack at the South Manchester triathlon.
I fly to Hawaii first thing tomorrow (Tuesday), so just wanted to put my demons to rest and have a little hit out despite carrying a few injuries!
The race takes place in Wimslow, cheshire & consists of a 400m pool swim, a 24km bike and a 6.5km run.
Some of you will have seen me down at Congleton park run yesterday, where I clung on to a 18:04 as my first run back since Canada, three weeks ago.
I then spun the legs out with a 75km recovery ride over to the Wirrall, so my legs weren't quite on peak form waking up this morning.
With a bit of magic cream (voltarol), & a long stretch and roll. I was ready to go. I only really had one goal - don't do anything stupid. No more injuries please.
It's strange starting a race at 1:45 in the afternoon, I'm used to bleak 4am starts & a 6am transition close.
So after a lazy morning in bed, I bumbled over to the start, ready to battle. Set the bike up, pulled my new tri suit on, & we were ready to go.
I went out pretty hard. A 16 lap pool swim doesn't sound like a lot, so my heart rate was quickly up and away.
Despite losing my swim cap & one eye of the goggle, I managed to splash my way to a 6:26 swim. Fairly happy. I knew that the top boys wouldn't be hours ahead of that, damage limitation as always.
A slow first transition but I was away in under 2 minutes, far from slick, but enough to keep me in contact, just about. Although yet again it would transpire the race was essentially lost here.
Now the bike, I haven't really ridden since Canada with my knee flaring up every time I try to spin the legs, & still sore from the day before. None the less I went out hard & attacked the technical course.
Fairly flat, very windy (both versions of the word). I managed to battle round in a 38:07, an average of 38.6kph. The lack of training certainly showed as I couldn't really find the red zone. A heavy amber was all my legs had, the zip had been left at home. Or somewhere late February.
I only had one job left. Despite struggling to take my shoes off in t2, very amateur, I managed to get in & away in 46 seconds.
This is where I really suffered.
My legs had no snap, no pace, no speed.
Heavy from yesterday & no track work, ever, was really showing. I managed to hold a sub 4 minute pace despite steps, hills & trails. Finishing with a 23:59.
1:10:57 overall, a fairly happy boy with yet again lots of unfinished business, a recurring theme for 2017.
Third overall, 2nd in AG.
Receiving my award for third overall.
See you in Hawaii!!