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mikec

Member since Oct 2007 • Last active Sep 2019

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    That was an interesting stage, considering it was billed as pretty much a non-event in terms of GC

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    Unbelievable, where do you live now to get all this training in. Not in London anymore?

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    Cheers Ed. That Dorney one looks perfect, entering now :D

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    I can't move too well now :D
    I was aiming for under 2:50 which I just scraped. The conditions were not great and I was late which threw my hard preparation out the window a bit.
    The current was strong which made the return swim leg a bit tricky, I panicked at one point because my heart rate was too high and i could not get the breathing right so I switched to breaststroke for a few minutes until I chilled out, then I got really into it and started powering through the field and the wave that started before mine.
    The bike ride I completely nailed on my 8 year old aluminum road bike. The hills were amazing, I love hills so was in my element, overtaking people on 5K tri bikes which made me feel great, a few people even commented as I went past them. The conditions were bad, it was raining heavily and the roads were slippery, perfect for me!
    Trouble is I spent a combined 14 minutes in transition, partly because I was so late I dumped my stuff and ran, didn't really take note of where my bike was so couldn't find the fucking thing nor my trainers when I get back for the T2. :(
    The run ultimately let me down as I knew it probably would. I don't like running but I will have to up my game, if only I could run up hills as well as I can cycle up them. I'm going to enter a local 10K in July so will improve on that.
    Next year I will come back and < 2:40 it is easy to see where minor improvements can be made to achieve this and if I do then obviously the target will be < 2:30

    Absolute respect to anyone who can do an Iron Man. OMG
    I am so so pleased I did it

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    Racked up today. Massively excited now. Water temp is a balmy 16degrees 😄 so that's one less thing to worry about.

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    Thanks, definitely something to bear in mind. I think I will just go with the flow, see how I feel on the day etc :D

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    hehe. I guess I'll find out once I'm in there :)

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    Actually ignore that I'm being an idiot, of course it flows towards the estuary 😄
    Should make things easier then

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    Thanks Ed. That's the opposite of what I'd come to believe actually. The first leg you swim East towards London and then you turn back at the bridge. I figured the leg towards London would be upstream, but you're saying it's the other way around?
    Good luck in your IM too, that's great stuff.

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