Rachel - Tri an Mhi National Middle Distance Championships

Wednesday, 22 May 2013  |  Admin

Tri an Mhi Race Report – May 18th 2013

Tri an Mhi hosted the National Middle Distance Championships last Saturday. The cold weather during the preceding week meant that is was a possibility that the swim would be cancelled. Nobody wanted a duathlon to take place so it was a welcome relief when we were told to put on our wetsuits. The route was cut from 1900m to 800m and a strict time limit was enforced for safety. After all, May weather in Ireland is freezing!

My first open water swim of the season went well as I was the 7th woman out of the water. GarminForerunner 910XT - Swim - http://connect.garmin.com/activity/314715767

Slow T1 times were the order of the day as everyone wrapped up for the bike. I pulled on socks and a jacket and headed out onto the 94km route. The course itself was tough and undulating. A few technical turns and an uneven road surface meant that I had to keep my eyes up and concentration high. I raced hard and passed a few other women but was later passed by the same competitors. I snacked on some cereal bars and dried fruit and was happy that the rain stayed away for the whole first lap. It certainly poured on the second lap though. My 2:56 split was strong butsomething I can improve on. Maintaining higher wattage on descents and powering through corners are things that could shave time for me in the future. GarminForerunner 910XT - Bike - http://connect.garmin.com/activity/314715772

My T2 was quick enough as I onlyhad to peel off my soaking jacket. I decided to run only in my tri-suit as I figured I’d warm up on my own two feet. The half-marathon course was challenging with very few flat stretches. I got into a rhythm fairly quickly and concentrated on keeping an even pace. After all, 21km is a long way to go and I didn’t want to go out too hard and suffer later. I took some gels as I negotiated the two laps but was unable to make up significant time on the raceleaders with my 1:41 split. Still, I gave it my all and was very happy to cross the finish line in 5th place. GarminForerunner 910XT - Run - http://connect.garmin.com/activity/314715782

Overall, the race was enjoyable yet demanding. The cold, wet weather posed a challenge to many as about 20% of the field registered DNFs. As it was only my second ever half-ironman, it was a relatively new experience going at race pace for 4:56.

I must extend a big congratulations to my fellow female competitors,whose blistering race times are something I will continue to work towards. My fellow Limerick Tri Club members also deserve acknowledgement for their gritty efforts. Although triathlon is an individual sport, I love the camaraderie with my club-mates and really appreciate their company and positivity on race day. Lastly, a special thank you must be offered to the organizers and marshalls as they did a tremendous job of running a safe and enjoyable race. On-course encouragement, finish line food and cozy blankets were highly valued by every competitor.

  Until Tri-Athy…













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