I like Taunton Tri as its always a good club event and lots take part from West Country Tri. Its always a good atmosphere and today I was on it. I was feeling pretty good about this race. My wave started at 11.39 and I was in lane 1 with 2 others that I knew well. The swim started and within 2 lengths I was overtaken by my fellow club mate which I didn't mind so I tried to sneak in behind him and get some serious drafting in. That didn't work as he pulled away from me. The swim was over quickly and I noticed that I didn't get too out of breath, normally I would take a few lengths to sort myself out which was probably down to the asthma that I didn't know I had. Swim 400 m 8.20, the fastest swim time EVER for me.
T1 was awful, I couldn't put my sock on and was wobbling around like a good un and it took 1.28... that needs working on. I like this bike course because its my home ground, I know every nook and cranny of the road. It was good that I left the pool with a lot of others and I had some competition out on the bike. Some woman overtook me on the first straight and as I watched her go past and her chunky thighs I thought she was a powerhouse but I wasn't having it and set my targets on her and I hunted her down and overtook her quite quickly!!!! The route is a bit lumpy and I just went strength from strength overtaking loads riders. My breathing was really erratic and I was struggling but I kept going. At one point coming down a short descent and round a tight right hand bend my back wheel slipped out on a big stone and started to flip the bike, I had no idea how I actually managed to remain on the bike and for a brief second I thought I was going down at speed on a bend and I was going to challenge Mark Cavendish for the best graze marks. Scary!!!! I got to the by pass and turned on the turbo!!!!! My max speed was 35.4 mph but I'm not sure where I did that as even though there are a few descents there is a lot of sharp bends on the course. Some guy ( really how dare he started to overtake me on the straight) and slipped in front of me..... I wasn't having that... head down I passed him and I kept on going... I knew he would catch me on the first hill but he wasn't going to take me on the straight. Sure enough on the hill just after that he did take me and as he passed we both laughed as I said you never take me on the straight and he commented I've been chasing you down and now your mine. I love the banter of a race. I did however try to keep up. As I went through the village so flash BASTARD on bike porn decided to cut me off going around a bend.... EXCUSE ME... isn't it bike etiquette to say your overtaking on the right and give people a wide berth he nearly pushed me into the kerb. I made a mental note of his number and decided I would sort that out later. So off the bike 22km in 45.35 shaving minutes off last years time.
So off for the run, T2 was better and I was off. Funnily enough I saw Mr Flash Bastard Porn bike on the run and as I stormed past him I felt like pushing him into the hedge but thought that might be a little too obvious. Least I overtook him (karma). I felt really strong on the run, the first mile I had very laboured breathing but soon settled down. The route is 2 laps and there is a hill ( last year I walked up the hill second time around) but I felt really good and just went for it. I finished true triathlon style with a sprint finish, you know the kind that when you are going so fast you cant stop at the finish line and plough into all the crowds!!! Tee Hee. Run time 24.53 and that's the fastest 5k I have ever done as well.
Total time 1.21.01 compared to last years1.23.31.... PB... whoop de doooooooooo. So first tri of the year complete and feeling pretty darn good. I did manage to catch up with Mr Flash Bastard Bike Porn has his bike was racked very close to mine. I did point out rather politely that it was a good idea to warn riders that you are overtaking and that a wide berth should be given.... I'm not sure he liked my comment that if he had of knocked me off my bike I would have wrapped his bike porn around his head!!! I did do it in a very nice way of course... I really did!