My First Race in the Triharder team colours! The Diss Duathlon, This would be only my second Duathlon. I much prefer a paddle before the bike than a flat out 5k run!
The day before the race was a bit hectic, I went for a little spin on the bike in the morning, I usually do this the day before a race just to make sure my legs are working and to spin any stiffness out of them. The evening was spent setting up the new bike, a Boardman Air 9.8 that I have just purchased from Triharder. The Diss Duathlon would be its first outing. I can say with confidence that this is the quickest bike I’ve ridden, It’s comfy, light, responsive and sticks to the road like glue! I have never been so confident taking corners at speed before. The Boardman Air 9.8 has been set up with Rotor Q Rings, ISM Adamo Road saddle, SRAM Red groupset (Q Rings added to SRAM Cranks) and Zipp 404’s.
Race Day arrived with a 5am alarm. A quick breakfast, then into the Triharder/In a Spin Van. (Best mechanic in the business, but I would say that!) A chilly -4 degree set up of the Triharder stand, registration, transition set up, briefing and a little warm up jog and it was race time.
I was in wave 2 starting at 9.35. I decided as it was my first race of the season not to set my sights too high but just to go out and race hard. Run 1 I felt good, I started off at a steady pace, I checked my watch and saw 9 minutes on the clock, Guessing I was around the 2.5/3k mark I pushed on a bit harder, I came into transition with a first run split of 19.13 in 6th, a quick change of shoes and my aero helmet on I headed onto the bike. The bike was 3 laps of a 10k circuit, a fairly fast route although the long winter had taken its toll on the roads and was a bit bumpy!! 3 laps done and it was back into transition with a bike split of 51.30 in 4th, Back on with my running trainers chucked my gloves at Ben and the words from my dad saying ‘Don’t leave anything out there’ in my head I headed out onto run 2. I won’t lie the last run was painful, I took a deep breath and pushed as hard as I could, its only 5k I was saying to myself! 21.39 later I arrived at the finish line. With a finish time of 1hr 33min and overall position of 5th and 1st Age Group (20-24). So the First race of the 2013 season and in triharder colours was a successful one. I went home very happy although a little tired and stiff.
A great event, so thanks to the organisers Tri Anglia and all the marshals. It was very well organised and the marshals were very helpful and friendly, always nice to get a clap and a cheer from the marshals. I would recommend this race as a great season opener and I will be back next year.