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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2006 8:55 pm 
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"There is no tri" indeed. Silly little Zen goblin. There was a tri, and it was in Taunton.

Maybe they don't have triathlon on Dagobah?

On Sunday I broke my triathlon cherry in response to a certain New Year dare. There was stress, weird unguents and the taste of blood... and dammit, it was fun!

The event was Taunton Deane Tri, an annual sprint-length triathlon with a shorter, novice-length companion. The novice seemed doable: it's a 200m pool swim, 13k hilly/twisty bike course and 2.5k run. I've done half-marathons (slowly); I was born on a bike; just needed to learn to swim crawl, then. How hard can it be?

The event management was great and very friendly. Everything was coned and gated off with lots of big cheerful signs (though the sad-face and smiley-face route signs on the toughest hill were distracting!). We got to lay out our transition areas with bike, helmet and tat; after mentally rehearsing it all a couple of times and watching other people transition, I rearranged it all several times. At registration I got my marking: 128 on my upper arms - cool, now I feel like a real triathlete. (Stop laughing at the back)

The swim was always going to be the hard bit, and it was. Apart from the "special" swimmers, I was slowest in over a hundred novices. But I did it and that's all I wanted to do: survive.

On to T1. Anal-retentive prep really paid off here. Goggles are off before I get to my station; vest on, helmet on, race number on. Feet dabbed on the towel where the helmet was, then into talced shoes (no socks), gloves on but open and I'm away - run the bike to the mount box and ride away. Do up gloves while riding.

The ride was always going to be my strong suit. I was on a fixie (69" gear) and the course was short and hilly so the only option was full-on nuclear assault. Passed five riders, mostly on non-competitive bikes. It turns out that this is about as hilly as tri courses get, so I might not need to go shopping for another bike after all. Then again, with a *freewheel* I'd have gained at least half a minute compared to the fixie... anyone got a road bike for sale?

T2 was trivial: rack the bike, kick off the bike shoes, into running shoes, and twist the number belt around to face forward while running out. The run itself was mechanical, very small steps (quads a bit over-used on the fixie with all that hill-dancing). Grab a drink at the drink station and plod on round.

Times, then. Swim: 6:26. Yeah, well. Bike (including transitions): 34:52, 12th in the field. Run 14:47, halfway down the field. 32nd out of 106 overall in 56:05.

I'm pretty chuffed. I know I can work on that swim - that's not crap, it's newbie: just needs a bit of coaching and lots of lunchtime sessions. And I can polish the run too, I was kinda chuntering that and hadn't done any pace work since, oh, April, relying on my Half conditioning to get me round and I ran it at a sedate Half pace.

So I've entered the Bude sprint tri and taken season hire on a wetsuit.

Anyone else fancy a go?

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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2006 9:04 pm 
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Andy, as you get fitter, does that mean both you and your van will be running on chip fat?






bloody well done....

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I plan to make lipodiesel from my own ooze :twisted:

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Christ, if you carry on doing tri, there's not going to be any ooze left after a while.

Oh, and read "The looniness of the long-distance runner" before you get well and truly sucked into the mind-numbing blankness, and your brains start leaking out through your nose. Any talk of lost toenails and you'll be banished to the ultra-running sites.

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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2006 10:56 pm 
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Lost toenails? A wee bit too Feinnes for me! :shock:

Training runs have never been more than nine miles, you know. That's not loony, it's about right for War of the Worlds on the MP3. Very meditative, though a nice bike ride is a *lot* more relaxing.

This race-pace lark is novel and quite fun.

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Andy, just enjoy. We'll still take the piss out of you, but, hey.....

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Jolly well done! =D> =D> =D>

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 Post subject: Re: Yoda was wrong
PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 10:57 am 
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AndyGates wrote:
".....Anyone else fancy a go?


What no pub stop?


No Pancakes?



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I had a bacon butty before I started. The Club's reputation for taking things seriously was not tarnished!

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If I'd known it was in Taunton (and that short) you might have had competition Mr Gates!

Maybe next year...

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