First race of the season is finally here!
Before I go into my race report and give the ins and outs, I would like to say that overall I am slightly disappointed with my performance. Yes, I was quicker than last year – slightly, but it was ruined by a terrible stitch that occurred at the end of my swim and stayed with me throughout the race which was horrible on the run. The same thing happened to me last year! I put it down to my breakfast – eggs and toast which I ate as well in 2015. Never do I usually have this but I now know one thing – never eat this pre race. We were staying at a lovely b&b in Woodstock that do a great breakfast, but cereal is the way to go!
I was looking forward to Blenheim for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is well organised and a great venue for a race. As well as the great location, support is good throughout and family are able to view you on all aspects of the course. Transition is easy to navigate and this is a certainly a good beginner triathlon. Going into this race my form and condition seemed pretty good. As you will know, I have been working extremely hard on my running and the last three weeks have seen me complete a number of brick sessions where my pace off the bike has been really good. So, I was feeling confident of beating last year’s time.
My wave started at 10:40 and when I entered the water it was cold! After the initial shock and the acclimatisation the hooter went off. I positioned myself fairly close to the front and had a very good swim. It was pretty clear all the way and I was out in 14:30 which is nearly 2 mins faster than last year. This is when I noticed the dreaded stitch starting.
Transition 1 was fairly smooth and I left to take on the bike course of course with my new friend the stitch. When looking at my data after, one thing is certainly clearer, my climbing is much quicker but I have lost a little speed on the flat. Bike done in 44 mins, 1:30 slower than 2015.
The run was where I thought I would really knock the time off from last year but it just wasn’t to be. The stitch I had been carrying just would not go away and this is where it became even more prevalent and moved to different parts of my stomach. I started at a great pace but could not contain it because of the pain. I certainly wouldn’t stop but it did slow me down. It’s so frustrating as training had been going so well in this department. I finished the run in 30:15 which was was 40 secs quicker than 2015. I was hoping for a around 26/27 mins so it just shows how much I suffered.
It’s done now and I move on to the next, which will be Windsor Triathlon next weekend, although at the Olympic distance. One thing I have learned – no eggs or toast before a race!