The Waveney Triathlon would be my first triathlon of the 2013 season. At the beginning of the week I decided that I wouldn’t tapper for the race and would continue on full training till the Friday, Unfortunately as it got later into the week work commitments took over and I missed a few sessions. My last session before the race ended up being a gentle 2k swim on Friday evening.
Sunday morning came around an early 3 mile drive to Waveney Pool, quick set up of the TriHarder stand (seemed very quiet without Ben) and then I could concentrate on getting ready for the race. Registration and transition set up complete, although transition set up felt a bit alien as it would be my first triathlon in 7 months. I was constantly thinking I had forgotten something.
I was one of the first to register so had an earlier start time of 8.55, once my fan club had arrived at 8.30 my girlfriend Vicky, my twin sister Hannah and dad’s girlfriend Louise, I got into my new 2XU Fusion trisuit that I recently purchased from TriHarder, a very comfy and quick drying suit!
I liked the start procedure at the Waveney Triathlon, most pool swim triathlons can get a bit confusing with too many people in one lane. The rules are simple, 5 lanes, 5 swimmers per wave, 5 minutes between each wave. 8.50 arrived and you’re called to the start, 8.54 you get into your lane and given a minute to prepare, 8.55 and we were off, 16 lengths (400m), 14 lengths done a white board pops in telling you that you have 2 lengths remaining. I was pretty happy with my swim and posted a time of 5.31.
Out into transition and my trusty steed the Boardman Air 9.8 was there waiting for me. The bike route was nice, quiet roads, a few little digs (The Norfolk folk called them hills but living in Kent there not hills) Personally I feel my bike time let me down a little, Just didn’t seem to have 100% in my bike legs! I set a time of 31.20 for 20km. back into transition racked the bike and on with the running shoes and off onto the run I went, Hannah shouting see you in 10.. me replying ‘make it 12’ and some good advice as always from dad saying I need to push the run hard! So with that in my mind I was into the 3.2km run. I felt good on the run and pushed it hard. Coming home with a run split of 11.46.
So an overall time of 49.54, 1st Age Group and 4th overall. Another good race for my Age Group and one step closer to the podium.
Thank you to all the organisers and marshalls, A great event and I have already entered the Autumn race.
My next race is the Deva Triathlon World Championship Age Group Qualification.