Saturday we spent the day in Edinburgh and it was a glorious day, parked at Holyrood Park and trundled up to Camera Obscura. Fantastic attraction would recommend it to anyone lots of things to do.
Anyway Saturday was pretty much a low key affair, I did a wee cycle first thing in the morning on the road bike as speedy was all packed. On the Easter Sunday morning it was freezing overcast and looked as though it was going to rain, yup looks like my cycling luck of weather was back :(. Took us ages to get to Galashiels with all the road works happening. Once we arrived it was busy and had to park at an alternative place just down the road. Disaster struck when taking the bike out and the cassette fell off the rear wheel? Err WTF, I have never taken one off never mind put one back on. Took me about 10mins to figure out how to put it back on again.
Got myself registered number 133. Racked the bike, as it was my 40th a couple of weeks back. Yvonne kindly bought me a Amphibia x2 transition bag. This helped a lot. Did not have to worry about trying juggle a box and the bike at the same time. Nearly time for the swim heats to start (I was heat 2 lane 3)
I was tired the beds at the Premier Inn were brick hard. Rebecca decided that she was not going to sleep and of course I am a worrier so I had not slept the previous 3 or so nights leading up to the event. I could of been classed as a walking dead. My swim was sluggish, I never got lapped the opposite happened I lapped everyone else. Before I knew it the pool swim was over and was out running to the bike, yes running.
T1, was not as eventful I usually have, quickly got my socks, shoes and helmet on. My glasses got stuck in my helmet and when I tried to get them out the lens fell out. Grrrr so had to stop to pick up the lens. Then had to stop again once passed T1 take helmet off to remove the glasses that got stuck. Time wasted and when I looked at the results would of bumped me up 2 places. Annoyed to say the least. They had changed the cycle this year more hills and 2km extra. Was starting to panic as I wanted to get under 1hr30 and this was going to be a big ask with the route change. The first hill is a killer, even though it is only about 100yards long it is easily 20% gradient. Got passed here by one person. Overall I got passed by 3 people but I did overtake a different 3 people. The bike route was hard going, the hills killed me. When I looked at my average speed was 17mph. So not as bad as I first thought. Got back to T2
Quick change of the shoes and off with the jacket and time for the trail run 2 laps, just glad it was dry or this would of been a bog run. The run was uneventful again got overtaken by 2 people but I overtook about 6.
Overall I did it in under the time I wanted to
|Athlete||Average Speed||Pace||RACE MIN||RACE AVG||RACE MAX|
2011:- 1hr 46mins 18 secs (00:18:04 - 00:02:41 - 00:49:15 - 00:02:18 - 00:33:40) 124/128
2012 :- 1hr 33mins 8 secs (00:16:42 - 00:01:59 - 00:42:41 - 00:02:23 - 00:29:23) 89/111
2013 :- 1hr 32mins 4 secs (00:12:57 - 00:04:02 - 00:43:10 - 00:03:06 - 00:26:24) 102/142
2014 :- 1hr 28mins 20 secs (00:14:26 - 00:01:53 - 00:46:39 - 00:01:27 - 00:23:53) 84/168