Well Sunday say the last triathlon of the 2010 season with me taking part in the Leeds Triathlon at Roundhay Park.
I went into the race knowing that a PB was not on the cards as it was a much tougher course than at Allerthorpe where I hit the seasons PB the previous race, with more hills on both the bike and the run. This race was mainly against myself, my brother who despite it being his first season was getting better and better and the rest of the NCT Tri boys.
The race got started a little late with my wave starting at just gone 9am. For the start of the race I tried to position myself to the front of the pack to keep clear of the mass of flailing arms and legs. This didn’t quite work as quite a few people managed to muscle in front of me. Once the race was under way and I managed to navigate through the mass of bodies at the start I settled into a nice swim rhythm, which felt comfortable but not massively quick. Having said that I managed to keep the pace up for the whole 1500m and when I exited the swim I was feeling quite good.
The run up to T1 was quite a run compared to some of the previous ones this season and the fact it was over rough concrete was a little tough on the feet. T1 went quite well managing to get my hat, shades, gels and helmet stowed and on with no problems, and aside from not getting my number belt showing the right way, went according to plan and as it had done the whole of the season.
The bike section was quite had work. A little side wind on the second of the three laps hurt my legs a lot, and the hills did not go as well as they have often done in training runs. Having said that the fact that the bike section was in laps meant that there was always someone within sight to catch hold of and concentrate on running them down which coupled with better concentration on the speedo meant my pace didn’t slacken too much when the riding got hard. A slight issue I did have was my race number came unattached from two of the three safety pin s holding it to my number belt meaning I had to tuck it into the pocket of my trisuit, so I spent the whole race fearing that I would get penalised by the race marshals.
Coming into T2 I had a little accident at the dismount line. Having taken my feet out of my shoes in the run to the line I was able to lap off the bike and start running towards transition. The person who was just in front of me through went he dismounted kept his shoes on and as it was on concrete slipped towards me. I took evasive action trying to get out the way but my bikes front well slipped out from under me, sending the bike sliding forward on the ground and I had to leap frog over it, landing heavily on my feet on the concrete which hurt a lot.
T2 went well once there and I managed to get my race number/number belt all sorted as I was leaving the run out route. The run stated off ok on lap one, and once I had climbed up the steepness of Hill 60 managed to settle into a nice stride. The second lap though hurt, my hamstrings began to feel the effort and I slowed a little only to be told as I reached the end of lap two I needed to do the last lap in fifteen minutes to avoid being totally beaten by my brother. I had to did deep and live with the pain on the last lap which was agonising, especially as I was checking my watch every few paces. I did manage to finish with a monster of a sprint on the down hill run to the line, using everything I had left in the tank and feeling really glad that I could stop moving.
Overall I managed to finish the race in 2:41:27 which was less than the 2:45 I had set as a target. This was not enough to beat my brother who finished in 2:37:28, but was enough to beat the other three guys.
My splits were:
Swim – 0:30:38
T1 – 0:01:27
Bike – 1:28:50
T2 – 0:00:38
Run – 0:43:39
Not a bad day out, made better by the fact it only took two minutes to get there, and was quite a nice way to finish the season. Plenty to work on for next season and good fun. Still only a few weeks to go till the Oulton Park Duathlon, where I need to get my running back in the game.