Dervals Delight in Loughrea
Wednesday, 7 August 2013 | Admin
Loughrea Sprint Triathlon 04/08/13“We didn’t think it would be over so quickly!” my mother said, having missed the whole race! That’s how sprint triathlons go. But this one was one of my better ones so far this year.
Kevin, my coach, and I arrived in Loughrea the evening before the race for registration and took a look at the course. Everything looked to be in order – the buoys were in place out on the lake, transition was set up and the bike and run course fully marked out. It had all the signs of a very well organised event. Kevin took a swim in the lake (the wind was giving rise to a few white horses!) while I did an easy lap of the bike course. We found both courses to be accurately measured. The bike route was undulating too, which we both agreed would suit me.
The quality of the organisation, and the fact that it was a National Series race, was reflected in the status of the field, with lots of the top girls completing – Anna Crooks, my SwimCycleRun colleagues - Rachel Clancy and Marie Triona Keane - Jennifer O’Connell and the star of the future Maedbh Hurst. Maedbh put in an amazing swim (9:42) coming out of the water in the middle of the first wave which set off 5 minutes before the 2nd wave! Apart from Maedbh, the rest of us women didn’t have to mix it up with the men, as we had our own dedicated wave. This meant the swim was less aggressive and you knew where you were in the race. (It also meant there was less of a chance of men trying to draft off your wheel in the bike leg!!). I came out of the flat-calm lake waters in 14th place (12:53).
I knew I would have to work hard on the bike to claw back time. I really enjoyed the quiet country roads on the bike course and managed to over-take many of my opponents, posting the fastest bike split (33.25) of the womens. I overtook Rachel Clancy at 14km which placed me in 3rd position coming into T2.
I exited T2 with Marie Triona Keane(MT) and managed to overtake MT to get into 2nd position on the run in the first km. At the turnaround point I could see that there was about 500m between myself and Anna Crooks. But Anna, with the fastest run split of the women’s (18:44), maintained her great running pace to hold that gap right to the finish. My run time of 19:43 gave me the 3rd fastest running split and silver overall, with a finish time of 1:08:15.
Congrats to Rachel Clancy who was 42 seconds behind me taking 3rd position and to Marie Triona who is just back from injury and managed to secure 1st place in her Age Group. A good day out all-in-all for SwimCycleRun.com!