Rachel battles to 2nd place at The Little Bo Peep Triathlon
Monday, 29 July 2013 | Admin
I had a really good swim. My time of 23:01 was significantly faster than my previous 1500m open water times. I bought new goggles recently and love being able to see everything so clearly. On this occasion, however, that included numerous jellyfish lurking below the surface! I’ve been doing a lot of non-wetsuit open water swims lately and I think that has made me more comfortable in the water. The route was also very placid, except for the flailing limbs of my fellow competitors, so I didn’t have to contend with rough waves.
Garmin Swim :
After a 51 second T1, I mounted my bike and set off on the 37km route. At this stage, the monsoon had arrived. I have no problem with getting wet but I had been hoping for dry weather simply because I didn’t want to be nervous about crashing. Luckily, I stayed upright throughout… but it was definitely the wettest conditions of any race I’ve entered. There was loads of surface water to negotiate and several very heavy downpours. The marshals certainly looked soggy! The course involved a main road section, then a tricky coast road section, ending with a return journey on the main road. The coast road was extremely technical. I was largely off my tri bars, as I needed quick access to my brakes. Blind, cliff-side corners meant I eased off the power in order to stay safe. I was relieved to emerge from the twists and turns back onto the main road, where I settled back down and pushed back to transition. Although 1:06:45 isn’t particularly fast for 37km, I was very happy with how I handled the testing course in torrential conditions.
I was very happy with my race. Although the swim course was straightforward, the bike and run routes were very challenging and required continuous focus. It was also very satisfying holding onto 2nd place in such dramatic fashion. Having never been to Kenmare before, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay. My parents and I returned to town after the prize giving and enjoyed another lovely meal before returning to Limerick.
PS - My Garmin heart rate data is wrong again so please ignore it…
Pictures from TI Media/ Ken Murphy