so i had been at this venue only four weeks previous. it was another saturday event and i wasnt sure if i was rested enough but figured i would just enjoy it. weather was great and got my usual spot on the bike rack. the water was flat and calm- perfect. a good crowd had turned out and hopefully they would behave on the bike course. again a sports performance event of organised chaos and they never monitor drafting. they only mention that if you do it your are cheating and rely on the competitors to do the right thing. i dont really care if people draft. i just hate it when they ride in the middle of the road. caught up with elizabeth prior to the swim and had a good chat while waiting in the water. the water was flat as a pool (unlike waves, seaweed and stingers from first event). all i remember is really enjoying this swim. had my usual struggle at the beginning of lethargy and getting the rhythm but it felt better. this swim was 9.59 compared to the 12.31. it was different conditions but a 2.30 saving in a swim over 400 metres is good so i was happy happy. i had also read about poeple who suffer from a temp variance. essentially putting a warm face in cold water forces their body to have a negative reaction. so while i had been busy dipping my head in the ocean i dont know if this is the reason why the swim was improved. the bike ride was different as the winds were not coming from the same direction and you didnt have the easy coast along the bigger section but then again didnt have to ride against it either. swapped places with a number of girls during the race and elizabeth ended up in front of me. i think some of the girls drafted behind me heading into the worst of the wind so i think i need to be a bit smarter about that. bike was 44.09 compared to 44.50. these times include transition but i cannot remember where the mats were. organiser does the timing on the cheap. give me blue chip timing anytime. so we are down to the run. from this race and others i am starting to come to the conclusion that i am actually quick in transition. elizabeth was off the bike well in front but i ended up out on the run first and then stayed in front ! this is a new experience. the run felt hard and the first lap was the tougher one. i have also noticed it takes me awhile to get my running rhythm. run was 24.43 compared to 25.50. total improvement was 4.20. i was so excited and happy happy. especially with the improved swim and run. getting closer to cracking the six minute km. great day out.
results 10/29 AG. 9.59 swim, 44.09 bike, 24.43 run. total 1.18.51.