Cloggerhead Sprint Tri & The End of the Season.
Sunday, 28 September 2014 | Admin
The Pulse Cloggerhead Triathlon and the End of Season!
After Belfast I thought I rested enough to have one last go at racing in 2014 and end the season at the top… but I finished 2014 as I started, with second place. Second place was my favorite this year, out of all 9 races I finished second 6 times…
Place: Cloghearhad, co. Louth. The last National Series Triathlon of the season. With mild but a bit windy weather, despite the choppy sea everyone was looking forward to this race. I knew Chris Mintern was in top shape but I still hoped to give him hard time racing.
SWIM: Wave 1 lined up for a beach start in a long line looking out at the first buoy where we would be making a 90 degree left hand turn. I decided to choose the center for the long run-in from the beach and this would give me clear water. My tactic worked really well and I was untouched to the first buoy, no fighting means a clear line and a faster swim. Because I breathe to my right, I had few waves hitting me and I drunk a good amount of salt water.
CYCLE: A lapse in concentration early in the bike section and I turned left as oppose to going straight. Not sure why! I cycled for maybe 200m and I could not see anyone in front or behind, made a U-Turned and went back, I lost probably 45-60 sec…the last time I took the wrong turn was during my very first TRI. I pushed hard and caught Brian Harris but Chris was nowhere to be seen…he must have put some distance on me. Shortly before T2 I see Chris again and perhaps I would be able to hang around on the run and do something.
RUN: I tried to run hard but legs and the whole body just said NO. I felt so sluggish shortly after T2, not even a chance to really get going. It seems to me that the long season finally caught up with me. I had a good gap back to 3rd so I put cruise control on and got to the finish line… I was hurting but not tired.
POST RACE: Post race I felt frustrated, as I know that it’s far from my best, but I’m happy considering the events leading into this race. So where to from now? Being such a long season - break is much needed. For few weeks I will do some un-schedule training which will mostly depend on my feeling. One-Two swims, cycles and runs a week…perhaps. Will try to start my preparations from November. Will I do anything differently? A lot, different training needed if I hope to be in contention for the next year. Having read TI proposal, it looks like we are going to have top races with tough competition. I am really looking forward to 2015 but first I need to forget about triathlon and enjoy few sport-free weeks.
Pictures by Monika Gagola and Martin Jancek/TI Media. Full race album here!