Me – 1st Female / 17th Overall (and first person under 25) in 1.28.08 (17.08/39/50.21/39/19.17)
Zack – 12th Overall / 2nd 25-29 in 1.26.43 (16.53/51/48.46/37/19.33)
Website with link to Results / Photos http://www.punishingevents.com/
Training is going well… a bit too well really as my track sessions seem to suggest I am in 1500m pb shape… prompting Mike to question if I was doping at track on Tuesday… the answer is of course no; unless excessive consumption of ‘fab’ ice lollies counts as performance enhancing??
This weekend I decided to step away form the short distances and try something a bit more endurance based… On Sunday Zack and I took a trip to Derbyshire for a the Carsington Duathlon (after hosting a gallery soiree evening on Saturday night till 10pm) … setting off at 4.50am to ensure we got there in enough time for the 8am start… YAWN
The split start time (8am for the male under 40’s / teams and 8.20am for the females / male over 40’s) meant that Zack and I were in different waves… meaning our personal rivalry was reduced to a time trial…
RUN – 5k on hard trails, out and back along the side of Carsington Water. Despite undulating a bit the course is pretty fast and I was pleased to finish it in 17.08, with my legs intact and ready for the ride. Zack had a storming run finishing in 16.53, his fastest time for quite a few years.
BIKE – My transition went smoothly, whereas Zack muttered something about falling off his bike after mounting… and the beautiful weather made riding round the bumps of Derbyshire almost pleasurable. Although I have ridden the course faster (48.30 in 2011 when I was doing alot of bike racing, and had just come back from the Ras nBan women’s 5 day stage race in Ireland) I felt really good. After a while a group of 5 or so of us seemed to be evenly matched, with the guys on TT bikes overtaking me on the flat sections, only to have their lead taken on the hills. For me I think my road bike was perfect, especially given how much climbing there was… once again Zack got a faster split of 48.46.
RUN – After all the hills on the bike my legs felt pretty wobbly… my time (over the same 5k course) of 19.17 probably reflects the fact that my duathlon training has been pretty limited. Similarly Zack had a slower time… this time slower than me… of 19.33. For my last run I was treated to a personal marshal called Jason on a mountain bike, who really helped me and everyone else he passed and cheered on to keep going, thanks Jason! By the end the finish line was a pleasure to see, but I can honestly say I actually enjoyed the whole race. Maybe it was the weather, or the energetic marshals, or even the transition sound system, but this race has got to be one of my favourites…