Monday, May 20, 2013

Taunton Deane Triathlon

I've been a bit slack lately I neglected to blog about our 85 mile bike ride when we completed the Grand Fondo and then the following week Vicky and I cycled another 80 miles to Milverton to cycle the tri course. This, I think, resulted in the nasty cold that we both picked up.  Regardless of this fact we both took part in Taunton Deane triathlon.   This was going to be my Team Tri UK debut and I wanted to do well.
I was very clever...... I packed an empty packet of power max cold tablets, so by the time I was ready for my swim wave I was representing team SNOT UK.   Now I know most of you are thinking at this point why the hell did I even contemplate racing and you can insert your "I told you so here comment here"...........................................................................................................................................................

There are a few of you who would have done exactly the same as me and you can insert your justified reasons here...............................................................................................................................................

Anyway despite whether or not I should race I did and those of you who think I shouldn't can now suck their breath in and tut but the swim was SHIT.   The slowest, hardest swim that I have EVER done.  I resulted in breathing every stroke because I could not breathe. A very disappointing 8.46 when I  aiming for 8 mins.
I think I was last out of the pool and entered T1.  I had decided this race I was going to try the no sock approach to cut down transition times. I left on the bike still struggling to breathe and thought I would soon catch up with all the others in my wave. The first hill I thought I was going to die..... my lungs felt so tight and I was struggling to take any kind of breathe at all.  I had left inhaler in T1 but I had already had some so it probably wasn't going to help anyway.  It took the first 5 miles for me to breath in any way than resembled normality and by the time I hit the by-pass I was pretty much up to full speed.  Then it kicked in.... I overtook most of the people in my wave and was flying.... me and the bad boy united once more.  I did struggle a bit on the hills trying to catch my breath but my bike time was the fastest that I had ever done on this course.  I was racing without my Garmin as well so I was unsure of what I was doing.

So into T2, straight into trainers  no socks, no knee brace run.  I felt like I was running quite fast and the hill you did twice didn't seem that bad at all.  Again the fastest time that I have done that race.  My transition were fast too so I did PB on the course and finally got a sub 1.20 with a finish time of 1.19.56. I guess with the bad start I should be pleased. Personally not the team Tri Uk debut result I wanted.  Sprint races are the worst distance for me just on the basis that I need to warm up in the race and short explosive burst don't suit my asthma.  My challenge therefore must lie in qualifying for the long distance championships, so watch this space.

This resulted in 7th in age cat out of 26 and overall gender position of 19th out of 78.  I wasn't happy with that result although I should have been.  This race attracts the better triathletes because of the prize money and it was a good race for me to judge the Gb qualifiers in June. I can now safely say I don't think that I stand any chance of qualifying at all but I will still give it my best shot.  Hopefully on that day, a tight chest and asthmatic breathing might not hinder my performance but sadly it is something that I do have to deal with and its something that will never get any better.

It was great to race with Mendip triathlon members and they all did really well especially Vicky who I  foresee winning everything in the near future.  Great race for Hollie in her first triathlon as well.