Derval reports on Tri Athlone Sprint

Wednesday, 10 July 2013  |  Admin

Tri Athlone Sprint National Championships
When out cycling in Wicklow recently, a clubmate passed me going up a hill. “Doing some sneeky training Derval?” he questioned. “No,” I replied, “just training!”
Over the past few months I have been struggling with a foot injury that has meant all my running has been done in a swimming pool, so nobody was more surprised than I, when I managed to make it around the run course of TriAthlone in a decent time.

TriAthlone is my favourite race - it’s close to home, there’s always a good buzz on the streets as there’s a great mix of clubs about and the bike course isn’t too technical which helps!
This year the sun was out which made it very pleasant compared to last year’s deluge. I didn’t get off to a great start despite the perfect swim conditions but I really enjoyed the bike leg as there were no men trying to draft off my back wheel – a problem lots of women experience when genders are set off in the same wave. I made up good ground on the bike and came in to transition around 3rd place.

We (my coach and I) weren’t sure how I would do on the run, I’ve had a mystery foot injury since the National Duathlon Championships in April. As I write this I am on a flight to Antwerp in my latest attempt to remedy the injury. It had been 12 weeks since I ran and while I suffered a fair bit out on the run course, my times held up – it goes to show how successful aqua-jogging and cross training can be in maintaining fitness.

However, I’d imagine if it was a 10km run, my pace would have dropped considerably. I finished in 5th place, which considering the circumstances, was a good result. My aim now is to try to get this injury sorted and get back racing – at least now we know I can run at weekends!


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