Rachel - A battle for the podium at the Up The Creek Triathlon
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 | Admin
A day after the TT Champs, I drove down to Kilrush (accompanied by my mom, aunt and uncle) to compete in the Up the Creek Sprint Triathlon. Having finished second in Kilrush in 2012, I was hopeful that I could get another podium finish. The wonderful weather continued, with all participants greeted by beaming sunshine.
The bike route was 21km with an out-and-back section and slight detour at the end along the coast. There were a few climbs where I had to get out of the saddle. I passed a lot of people, including all but one of the women,and got back to T2 after 36:59, not my strongest time for the distance. I was informed that I was around 30 seconds down on the lead female at that stage so Iset off chasing. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make up the deficit. I got closer and closer but couldn’t close the gap fully, finishing the run in 19:32. My finishing time was 1:11:47, 25 seconds down on first place.
Although I was disappointed not to get the win, I knew I had given all I could. My swim and transitions were where the gap opened up, as my bike and run splits were faster than the winner. So I definitely need to do some work in the open water and on mounting my bike at speed. There is plenty of room for improvement.
I had a great time at the finish line chatting to all the other competitors. I had lots of friends racing and they all put in great times in the sun. In fact, a few of us dipped our legs back in the water for recovery. Congratulations to the organizers and all the participants on such a fantastic race. And thank you to all the spectators for their enthusiastic support. It’s now time to rest and eat… but I’ll be back training tomorrow.