Equaliser middle distance triathlon race review

Well ladies and gents I now officially have a DNF on my racing record, not quite the objective for Equaliser triathlon but if I’m honest not altogether surprising. The 3 weeks before the race featured major toothache and then pain due to the removal of said tooth, it didn’t feature much in the way of training. Coupled with very little sleep the night before due to very noisy campsite neighbours and my expectations weren’t high.

So it was that after one lap of the bike course I decided to call it quits, my legs had been cramping from the moment I got out of the swim and I had nothing in my legs on a very hilly course (650m of elevation gain per lap). The build up didn’t help, nor did riding my bike less than 10 times before the race, turns out you can bluff you way around a hilly half ironman. But hey, I got to stand in the sun and watch my friends suffer in the increasing heat rather than drag myself around the run course.

Tent breakfast before the race

Tent breakfast before the race

Equaliser overview

The premise the Equaliser triathlon was men vs. women with the women setting of 32 minutes before the men which apparently is the average time difference between the sexes in a half ironman. There was a decent cash prize for whoever finished first, male or female, and there were some fast people there as a result. This race certainly had a very different feel to it than the Cotswold Classic, a very small field of 90 competitors vs. 500 odd and I’ll be honest I’m not sure I liked it. With the money on offer and the small field it all felt a little serious and there was very little chat with the other competitors.

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Cotswold Classic race preview

It’s the final countdown… (and yes I did sing that out loud as I wrote it) race day is Sunday, the Cotswold Classic is here, ¬†and I’m in that wonderful period pre race where I want to eat the whole contents of my fridge and am convinced that I have definitely not done enough training. The final week before a race is always a bit of a rollercoaster of emotions isn’t it? I was getting a bit of pain in my left leg yesterday and so of course starting imaging not being able to start the race let alone finish it, but a quick foam roller session seems to have sorted that out.

Realistically I’ve done as much training as I could have done with the time available, sure I missed a session here and there but I largely stuck to my plan. I’d have loved to get some more cycling in but family and work commitments made that hard. I’m sure with 6 months perfect training I could be faster but few people have that luxury. I’m happy with what I’ve achieved in training especially considering when I started way back in January I hadn’t ridden my bike for over a year and I can’t remember the last time I actually swam. […]

Plusnet Yorkshire marathon review

I’ve come back from York last week and already started thinking about marathons next year and which race to enter to give myself a chance of a PB. That perhaps is all your need to know about the Yorkshire marathon; a great race in a beautiful city. Running a PB always helps of course, a Read more about Plusnet Yorkshire marathon review[…]

Race to the Stones preview

This is it, I’m officially in taper mode for the Race to the Stones, still going to be putting some miles in but have dialled back the weekend long runs and now looking to tick over a little. Feeling distinctly nervous now if I’m honest, it’s all becoming a little real and of course the doubts over your training start to kick in don’t they?

Another long run doneI had a pretty good build up though, I stayed healthy and although I was probably a little slack in May at times I’ve picked up the pace in June and got some really good back to back long runs in at the weekends. In an ideal world I’d have done a 30 mile training run but I just don’t have the time to fit it in with family life so went for the 2.5 hour back to back option instead. I also pushed the pace on one weekend to test my legs out a little, felt really strong running 16 miles at almost 30 seconds under my normal marathon pace. That was like getting an instant shot of confidence straight into the blood stream. It may not be the best training for an ultra but confidence is oh so important for doing these things.

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