One more this year….

Having entered one or two events over the past few years, I get emails from the organisers pushing their other events.

Was sifting through my mails over the weekend, and came across a couple that caught my eye. After not finishing the South Manchester tri the other week, been looking for something to enter. Not sure why as I’ve never been particularly competitive but just want to get it out of my system. Probably dont want to finish the year on a DNF!! There’s not really that many sprint tri’s now at this time of the year, which was what I was really after. Could have looked at the Duathon at Oulton Park On 6th October but I’ve not quite got the confidence up on my bike yet.

So the two mails I saw were both for half marathons, and both on the first Sunday in November. The first is the Conway half, the other the Cheshire half at Capesthorne Hall. The latter is the replacement for the Tatton half which isn’t running this year, and coincidently, one I did last year. I quite enjoyed the Tatton half last year, although in my eye, the organisation wasn’t great. There were a few things that stuck in my mind, apart from the cold. There was a delayed start, then less than half a mile after the start, we all had to try and fit through a narrow gate which was interesting, then there was almost an obstacle course in the park trying to avoid the cyclists and finally running on very narrow pavements spilling onto the road quite a few times. Might just have been spoilt by the great organisation that is the Wilmslow half marathon but that’s what I thought.

Anyway, fancy doing one of them. Capesthorne Hall is just down the road but the Conway one looks more interesting, and is only about an hours drive away. Might convince the wife to have a family day out in North Wales, bring your mum and dad with you, and I’m just gonna vanish for a couple of hours about midday!! I’ve not done a huge amount of distance running training but I’m fit enough so could probably do it ok. I’m at the gym in the morning so after my session I’ll probably hit the treadmill for an hour or so with some tunes and see how I get on.

DNF Reflections

Had a few days to look back on Sunday.

Was genuinely gutted about it. Guess that means that triathlon has got under my skin a fair bit now. Even though I only did the swin and 6 km of the bike, still took some positives out of it, and learnt a few more things.

The positives were my swim and what little of the bike I did. I knocked about 45 seconds off my swimming time so was pleased with that. I’m sure there is more to come there but it’s a good platform going into next year.

The bike is definitely my weakest part. Prior to this year, I’d not been on a bike for 30 years. I hired one from TriUK for the summer and then took up their upgrade offer to buy the Merida I have now. This was the first race that I’d used it in, and everything felt right. I’ve had a bike fitting a couple of weeks ago and think that this coupled with the differences in the new bike just gave me some speed and comfort. The speed and comfort then gave me some confidence and this just grew the further in I went.

There were a few occasions in the time I was out there where I saw a rider in front of me and I just thought to myself to try and pace myself to see if I could catch them up. Not only was I catching them up, I was passing them with some ease which I have never done previously, which just increased my confidence on the bike.

They were the positives. The lessons were the same old stuff. Not being organised and just trusting myself that I had got everything. Racking the bike then became a stress as I wasn’t sure what to put on the bike. In the end, decided to put spare inner tube in my bike top back pocket, which when I got the flat made me smile a little as I thought what I smartarse I’d been to put it in. However, that then lead to a bigger faff in the transition as I needed to put my cycle top on, and thought I’d save time by not drying my arms properly. A brief wrestle with the top and I ended up putting it down, drying myself and putting it on again. Only a few seconds but it just adds to the stress. The added stress also meant I didn’t take my Garmin off my wrist and put it on the bars which meant looking at my wrist for any information, not ideal.

Guess as long as I have learnt something from Sunday, it will have been worth it.

And anyway, City soon cheered me up that afternoon, hammering Stretford 4-1!!