I am nervous for Sunday’s race as although I have finished a dozen or so 70.3 events and several ironman distance triathlons, I’ve only ever done one standard distance race before and that was back in 2008 in London. I have one slow pace which I can hide behind in the longer distance triathlon races but I fear I will be totally exposed as ‘Gail Snail’ this weekend at the Xtra Mile Event in the Peak District on July 3rd . There won’t be time for a change of clothes or even applying deodorant in transition and I’ll need to get a wriggle on if I am to clock under 3 hours.
Before the race starts, I will be at the event as a race host and representing Race Force, a company which takes care of all the painful logistics of getting your bike and paraphernalia to the start line in the UK or abroad. I’ll be with our bike mechanic so if you have any last minute tweaks that need doing, do pop by – just look out for the Race Force canopy and the 3 stars on the branding logo. We can’t fit an engine on your bike but we can certainly help to make it run smoothly.
The race starts with a swim in the River Derwent and that’s the part I am most excited about. It’s downhill from there for me. I’ve never visited the beautiful Chatsworth House before and that should make for a lovely backdrop to the run and bike leg. I hear the atmosphere and organisation is fantastic so I am looking forward to the support and a medal at the finish (hopefully).
My training has been less than specific for this distance, completing a 100 miles ultra run 2 weeks ago on the South Downs Way from Winchester to Eastbourne and a mini break last weekend, cycling what seemed to be up-hill for the entire 4 days in the Dolomites, Italy. However my swim training has been race specific, putting in 1.5k loops at the beautiful Shepperton Lake in and I hope that will calm the nerves and get me off to a good start. I am turning 50 in September and although not welcomed, it’s been expected for some time and means that I will be racing as one of the youngest in my new 50 – 54 age group. I knew there’d be a positive in the half a century somewhere.
This week I will be making some final kit adjustments, writing a check list to ensure all the necessary equipment goes in the car for the journey up from London on Saturday and tapering. My last swim will be on Thursday night and a 5k run on Wednesday. I will probably squeeze in some light weights conditioning on Friday lunchtime, with a few core exercises.
Good luck to everyone racing and remember to enjoy the day.
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February 24, 2017
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