Hillarys Triathlon 2010

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 01:00

TriathlonOz - Michelle

Yesterday, I competed in the Pursuit Distance, Hillary's Triathlon.
This was my third 3rd year at this event (I've been a spectator until now) but this was my first as a competitor - in fact, only my 2nd triathlon of this distance.

The race started with the various wave starts at 7.30am.

At 8am the Pursuit distance racing commenced. Pursuit distance is 750m swim, 21km bike, 5km run. All 105 female competitors headed out together in the 2nd wave start at 8.03am - myself included (my age group 40-44 in the Green caps), followed by the 291 male competitors starting at 8.13am (David's age group 40-44 in the yellow caps).

We couldn't have asked for a better morning - clear skies, calm, clear waters and friends to cheer us on. The bike course was 3 laps of closed main road with only just the smallest inclines so race times were expected to be good. I had a minor incident on the bike leg when I made a rushed gear change and dropped the chain on my final lap. This only caused a slight delay to get off, refix the chain and get back up to speed but I pushed very hard to gain lost ground and used a lot of energy in a section of race where I probably should have been preparing my heart rate to be steady for the run.

I found the run exceptionally hard. I guess I have to keep at it a bit longer yet and not expect so much so soon. Can't help but be competitive though, that's my nature. The temperature had crept up significantly however and although it was only 9am, all competitors found the heat very draining. Water stations seemed far away and I thought I'd never be able to finish this race - I was beat. I dragged my sorry feet past a few people who were walking, so knew that walking was the very last resort and tried so hard not to let myself stop. I had my sight set on finishing the event in under 1 hr 30 min and kept checking my time to try to push on but failed to make that challenge with (a few tears, and a few wobbles) a very poor run time of 35mins, when in training I can run the distance in 24mins. But that's triathlon. No one really cares about my sorry tales of pain in this sport - I've just been told to "toughen up princess!".

So, here are the results.

Category Female 40-44 (field of 13 competitors)

Swim: 15:44min Place 7th in category
Cycle: 48:30min Place 9th in category
Run: 35:33min Place 12th in category
Overal 11th in category

And finally, I would just like to say thanks to David for sharing such a "special" valentine's day with me. LOL !
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