My mind wasn’t ready for today. My training’s been poor. I’m not swimming anywhere near as good as last year. I’ve hardly been on my bike, but my running is ok – except I hurt my knee last weekend. On Friday I did 2 minutes on the treadmill. Yesterday 13 minutes on the road. Going gently it hurt, going harder I didn’t notice it.
Oh, I’ve been eating badly and have been feeling slow and headachey after stopping drinking diet coke. I think today is day 4 or 5 without it. I am probably over the worst but the first four days were horrible.
The forecast was for cold, rain and wind. And the lake was going to be cold. Very cold.
So mentally, I was not there.
The water was cold but there was no rain. I started in the second wave. And started back from the front which was a bit silly. I then got stuck behind two slower swimmers and by the time I got past them there was no one to draft off of. I swam steadily. Last year I swam hard. After the start though, no one overtook me.
T1 was a leisurely affair. I put a jacket on and my bike shoes but it was a slow affair. Running from the lake was fast but I was mentally not there as I only thought about undoing the wetsuit zip as I got close to my bike.
Swim and T1 was 24:10 which put me 165 out of 338. 48th percentile. Last year I was 8th percentile. Weird! Or at least not good!
Edit: turns out that the initial results assume I was in the first waive, not the second. Knocking 5 minutes off means I swam in 19:10 and this put me 9th percentile. Much more sensible.
The bike was always going to be slow as I’ve not been riding much. Saying that though, I was disappointed about not being able to stay in the tri position for too long and not being able to push the power up. Up hills was ok but on the flat it seemed to drop very quickly.
I noticed that the front wheel felt a bit flat about 4k in. By 32k or so it was quite flat and I slowed a lot. Then 1k or so later I stopped and was going to change it before I realised I had some pit stop with me. It took me ages to get the tape off it that was holding it to my saddle bag. Once it came off, it took about 10 seconds to inflate the tyre. The whole stop took 2 mins 25s; most of that getting the tape off. I also lost a bit of time in the 1k before I stopped.
By my bike computer, and ignoring the stop, I was 15 seconds slower this year than last year. Not too bad until you realise I did a 7 hour bike ride, followed by a run, before last year’s race.
So, 46th percentile on the bike (last year 35th percentile).
I had lost all feeling in my feet from the cold after about 10k in to the bike so the run started off feeling a bit funny. I’m not the best at running on “pebble” type of gravel but that’s only a bit of the run. The rest was fine, albeit quite hilly. There was a nice bit running through the ford, which probably had 20cm of fast flowing water in it.
One thing I did notice was that I wasn’t concentrating on my running pace. Sometimes I was putting a lot of effort in. Then I noticed that I was hardly breathing. Not good.
I finished in 45:53 which was 31st percentile. Last year it was a different course and I was 37th percentile. So that’s one bit of good news!
In the end, I did 2:20:18. That’s 41st percentile. Last year I was 22nd percentile. Oh dear.
Edit: With the 5 minutes off the swim, I did 2:15.18 – that’s 28th percentile. If I then allow three minutes for the puncture, that puts me 23rd percentile.
So one thing is clear. Training, and state of mind, makes a big difference!
With that in mind, I did a 40 min swim in the afternoon.