Lanesboro: Two Provinces Triathlon
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Two Provinces Triathlon
On Saturday, I ventured to Lanesborough, Co. Longford to participate in the Two Provinces Sprint Triathlon. Unlike my previous three races, the sun was absent throughout, with cloudy skies and showers forecast for the day. Still, my overall experience was excellent. The course involved a warm lake swim with a women’s only wave. Actually, the three waves were very spaced out, which resulted in very little bike traffic on the course. That, as well as the closed roads, left competitors free to ride their own race without having to deal with any obstacles. The out-and-back run was largely flat with a small trail section to begin with. Countless marshals were on hand to direct and cheer on participants, with a plethora of locals gathering to watch the action as well.
I swam 13:03 for 750m. Although that’s not a particularly fast time, some of the splits were quite slow among the field, meaning I was 16th out of the water and in a good position to chase on the bike. After two ninety-degree turns, the bike route was straight out and back, with a few small undulations. I powered on and passed quite a few women, ending the 20km in 4th position with a 33:52 split. I hurried through T2 and set about pursuing a podium position on foot. I moved into 3rd position before the 2km mark and pushed hard to the finish to extend my lead over 4th place. I was very happy with my 19:45 split as it’s the first time I’ve gone sub-twenty for 5km this season. There was less than a minute between the top three places (with SwimCycleRun’s Derval Devaney finishing 2nd) so it was a tight competition with a strong field.
Thank you to all the organisers and volunteers who contributed to the success of the race. They provided post-race food and a speedy prize-giving ceremony, all of which are greatly appreciated by participants.
Next up, King of the Hill in Kinsale on July 26th…
Thanks to James Shelley/TI Media for taking the photos. Full album of race pictures are here!