Eton Dorney All Nations Triathlon 2018

Well here it was – the first triathlon race of the season for me. This is now the second time I have taken part in this event and I can see it becoming the first event and a regular thing for me each season. Why? Well it is just a nice, simple race that is flat, fast and a sprint distance (400m swim, 20K bike and 5K run). It’s a chance to blow some cobwebs out, and there were a few of these especially the transitions.

I cannot recommend this event more for any beginner or newbie. Being enclosed around Dorney lake with just a few hundred participants, you can’t get a simpler triathlon. It all kicks off at 10am, so not the usual early morning start. What’s also a bonus is that the wife likes this one as it’s dead easy to spectate.

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Isabel had fun with my wetsuit beforehand!

Race Analysis

I’ll try and break this down and go through each section of the race. The overall results in comparison to last year are good. A new PB for this course. The graphic below shows the 2017 result and then the 2018 result.

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So a PB of nearly 5 minutes. I’m getting older, but I’m getting quicker 😉 Don’t write me off too soon!

Swim

The swim was probably the worst part of the race for me which is unusual. I didn’t feel great in the water and the swim was slightly slower this year. I don’t think it was lack of fitness although I have swam a lot less this year. I just didn’t feel great and couldn’t find my stroke. I also felt like I zigzagged a bit and need to get in the open water to swim and get some feel for it. That’s the great thing about this race though – it uncovers the cobwebs that need dusting. Short distance swims are not my forte. It takes me at least 500m to start getting into my stroke! I struggled to get out of my suit surprisingly as well. It took me a few goes to get the velcro open. I’ve never experienced that before!

Bike

I was happy with the bike section and the splits this year. The 2017 was a 42:25 and the 2018 a 38:26. My average was 19.9mph so was pleased with this. The bike was running well, the legs felt good and I certainly had less of a head wind this year.

Run

Last year I was suffering a little with my ITB but managed to run it ok. This year I felt good on the run and could tell all the running I’ve done this year was paying off. It’s the fastest 5K I’ve run in triathlon sprint distance. The first KM was used to ease into it and it should be like this on a triathlon run. I certainly upped the pace with each mile and the mile splits were 7:27, 7:15 and then 7:08. The run was completed in 22:32 compared to 24:16 in 2017.

I always love finishing a triathlon and the great feeling being an all-round athlete it gives me. I think the photo below shows!

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Isabel was happy also with the sweets on offer at the end that I managed to get her, so all is good in the world!

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So what do I need to work one?

Well my transitions were painfully slow especially the bike to run. I decided to run in socks and sodded about putting those on. I don’t like running without them, but for this race they weren’t needed. The run is not long enough to cause any issues. I certainly also need to get into the open water. The trouble is, the next open water swim will be in a half ironman distance event – the Grafman, next weekend!

Thanks for reading and I will blog my exploits from the Grafman next weekend! Enjoy your week!