Monday, August 27, 2012

Malmesbury sprint triathlon

Entry to this race was decided at very short notice and would be mine and Clive's first race together...... Let the competition begin.............2 weeks after completing my first long distance I felt I was ready!!!!  I had taken a very big back step with my diet as I had been having some really strange reactions to sugar again. I was in a 2 week detox after releasing that my dietary problems are caused by the Candida curse.  I wont bore you with what I can and cannot eat but all I can eat at the moment is meat and vegetables....not even potatoes as sugars are formed from the starch.  This does sometimes affect my energy levels and I am soooooooo hungry ALL OF THE TIME. Hopefully after the candida has died off again I can have my Pulsin energy bombs again..... I miss those bad boys. 

We traveled down on the Sat and drove both the bike route and the run route so that there were no nasty surprises.  The bike route was a little undulating but seemed quite fast and the run was flat apart from the 400m hill finish.  After an interesting night with a leaking air bed, we arrived nice and early and racked up.  Our start times were quite late so we chilled and we mingled and I went round taking photographs of bike porn.  It was a chilled relaxed atmosphere.  

Clive's wave was first so I watched him swim before starting my own wave.  I hadn't done a pool swim tri in ages, it felt kinda weird I wanted to be open water swimming.  So yellow hat, lane 1, second position..... lets go......... 400m and a new PB of 8.04 taking 11 seconds off, maybe the swim smooth coaching is working. I automatically swam the first 4 lengths bi-lateral breathing before the speed got to much and I converted back to  one sided breathing.  

Transition was a bit messy... darn those socks...... and the route out to the road was down through a school pavement before you got out on the road.  I overtook a few straight away but apart from that I was out there on my own... no one to chase.... I need to chase.  Clive had worked out a theory that if we passed each other before the 5km sign he was ahead of me and if we passed after the 5km sign I was ahead.  God darn it we passed before the sign..... I didn't even see him I was in the zone but he saw me and shouted.
 I did get over taken by Mr green X2U suit on the way back with his full carbon disc on the back and as he went passed me I tried to hang on but all I could think about was Geeeez does he know how see through green tri suits are...... put me right off my stroke let me tell you. 

The bike seemed quite quick 43.15 and I was back into T2 and my trainers were being a little bit naughty but they were on and I was off.  The first little bit of the run was a downhill slope and I was feeling pretty good and I when the road turned into an small incline I was powering up it.  Oh look there was Mr Green X2U suit.... ok you got me on the bike but this was now my time to shine...... I gave a little wave as I hammered past.  The run route was an out and back and I was eyeing up the competition as I turned around and headed back.  There was a woman who was slowly catching me up on the run and on 2 occasions I heard people coming up behind me and hoped it wasn't her.   The finish like I stated previously was up a 400m hill, as I turned the corner I knew I wasn't very far away.  All of a sudden this woman was on my shoulder... I picked up the pace and she came with me......  so we turned the corner and I accelerated up the hill..... I was losing her but I felt I couldn't waver so just kept going..... and sprinted to the finish line.  New 5km PB 24.18.  Now I like a good sprint finish but up a hill....... as I crossed the line I was gagging.  Clive tried to move me to a more discreet place but I wasn't moving anywhere.  Total time 1.17.59.  

Yet again I buggered up using the Garmin in multi sport mode, pressing the wrong button so I did change the sport just paused it.  I will get it right one day. 

I was 3rd in my age cat out of 26 who completed.  
8th women in overall out of 70
86th overall out of 262.  

I wish I could get the font size down to a really small size but I am unable so I might as well go and say it..... Clive beat me..... by 1 min and 24 seconds!!!!! I had him on the swim and the run but  he only went and beat me on the bike by 3 minutes.  Honestly I didn't think he would beat  me as he's not up to his full fitness yet.  But after I had forgiven him I like the fact that he's going to keep me on my toes.  It was so nice to race with him, chilling out then racing the reflecting on the race.... he wont beat me again!!!!!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Waterside long distance triathlon.... winner!!!!

I had planned to enter Outlaw this year but seeing as I had already paid for entry for Ironman70.3 UK and the 2 races were too close together I entered Waterside long distance as my A race.  This was a low key race in Essex but a good warm up for the longer distances.  There was only 20 entries for the long distance and 4 of them were women.

I spent the Friday chilling out thanks to the recommendations of my coach and I traveled up to the race in fine form and ready for it.  Aide had also entered the race so we traveled up together.  We arrived 5 hours later and registered and worked out the course. We also met up with fellow tweeter @ Brazilianrunner and we drove the bike course.   We listened to stories in the bar of the pub we were staying at about how they got the tidal times wrong and it wasn't filling me with much confidence.

So the morning arrived, we sneaked out the pub and headed towards registration. There was 3 different races taking place on the same day so you either completed 1 loop for the standard, 2 loops for the middle distance or 3 loops for the long distance. The swim was to take place in an inlet next to a marina.  The tide was coming in and they was a cut off time of 1 hr and 35 minutes. Both myself and Aide were anxious about the swim as we had both bailed out of the Stert Island swim where the conditions had been awful.

All triathletes regardless of what race they were doing started together and on the first loop there was quite a lot of barging.  Its here I learnt a valuable lesson..... do not use sun cream on your face as it makes your goggles slide around on your face and allows salt water in which is really quite annoying.  I constantly had to stop and empty and adjust my goggles. I took the swim gently knowing that I was in for the long haul. Apart from that the swim went quite quickly and I know that my sighting was a little off and I was glad to be out of the water.  The run up to transition was a long one and as I ran up the grass bank I saw Aide in front of me, I don't know which one of us were more surprised but it was a funny moment. Swim time 1.5 miles in 59 minutes (although my Garmin stated a lot more, that's bad sighting for you).  I did check as I got out and there was a few other people still swimming.

I started out on the bike and the first lap seemed sooo slow but there was quite a strong headwind. I had to complete 3 loops of the same course approx 25 mile.  The roads were smooth mostly flat with a few short hills thrown in.  It was a lonely course, most of the middle distance athletes would have been well in front and I didn't see anyone on the first loop and on the second loop I lapped a few middle distance people which gave me a lot of confidence.  On the third loop some of the long distance people caught up with me and I finished the last loop with them.  Its funny the things you notice when you are doing loops and on the third loop I had started to lose my sense of humor. Those short hills, well on the third loop they had grown into mountains.  Garmin says 77 miles in 4 hours and 20 minutes.  Race nutrition had been interesting, I had taken  my usual energy bombs and trek energy bars to eat on the bike but my stomach was feeling unsettled.  I had put this down to having to eat instant porridge pots in the morning with the sugar content.  I did try and eat on the bike put I felt my stomach swelling and decided that I wouldn't eat any more.  I had eaten so much the day before I thought I would be ok.  It was hot and I took on 3 bottles of liquid.

I was glad to be off the bike but at this point I wasn't feeling too bad and I set off on the run.  I had no idea what to expect on the run and the first few miles was on a hot long road.  The route then took us off road down a track along the sea wall.  The first part was a small gravelly track and unfortunately I took a tumble quite early which was a bit of a shock to the system but carried on running with cut knees, elbows and hands.  The track then turned into a high green bank with a narrow path cut through the grass.  I wasn't expecting it and the first lap was quite challenging. I had promised my self that I would run 2 laps 12 miles before I would consider walking.  The first lap was long, the 2nd lap seemed quicker. During the second lap some random guy with no shoes on just started to run behind me, I asked him if he wanted to pass me and he said no and asked if I was happy with him running behind me.  This did start to freak me out a little so in the end I did turn around and ask him why?  I got no answer.  Rod also caught up with me on the end of my second lap as he was just about to finish and was nice just to see someone on the course.   Once I got to the third lap I was starting to feel the strain.  I made myself run the sea walk until I hit the green bank as that was the hardest part to run then I allowed myself to have a short walk then run again. I learnt a lot about myself during this race, it was a lonely race, not many entered into the race so you spent a lot of time on the course alone.  I imagine whilst on an Ironman course you will always be surrounded by people.  The finish line was in sight and I was glad to see it.  The run was 19.79 miles according to my Garmin in 3.31  I was told I was the first lady in.
I had won, I had worked hard, I had finished. I then found out after that the other women hadn't finished.
There was a part of me that thought I had won by default and there are people out there who would like to take that away from me but you know what...... I put myself out there and at the end of the day you have to be in it to win it.  I was 15th overall out of 19.
NameMichelle Blackmore
40 - 44
Cat Pos

So it was a great experience to do this distance so when I compete in Challenge Roth next year I will feel more confident.