Rachel battles to 2nd place at The Little Bo Peep Triathlon

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Little Bo Peep – July 27th 2013

My parents and I traveled down to Kenmare on Friday evening in order to prepare for the next day’s Little Bo Peep Olympic triathlon. After a swift registration, we enjoyed a beautiful dinner on Main Street and then settled into our cozy B&B. On Saturday morning, I had a leisurely breakfast of porridge and toast before cycling down to transition at 8:45. All the spots were numbered so I quickly found “76” and went about readying myself. The weather had been terrible all night but was miraculously dry before race-start. I met some fellow Limerick Tri Club members, did a short warm-up, listened to the briefing and dipped in the water before the horn sounded at 10.

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 : http://connect.garmin.com/activity/349339294
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.
Garmin Cycle: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/349339298
I set off on the 10km run after a 43 second stop in T2. I was informed that one woman, Katie Cooke, was in front of me by several minutes. I’ve been doing quite a few long training runs lately so my speed has somewhat suffered. I found my rhythm, took a gel and readied myself for the steep climbs waiting off the main road. The route was very hilly and challenging. Kenmare Tri Club had staked signs into the ground along the way, which contained motivational and entertaining messages. At the turn-around, I saw two ladies rapidly approaching from behind. I picked my pace up for the second 5km and did my best to let loose and power down the descents. I got back on the main road and glanced over my shoulder with about 1km to go to see how my chasers were doing. Aileen Flynn was flying towards me so I pushed as hard as I could to the finish line in order to retain 2nd place. Wow, it was tough. It was an absolute sprint finish, with my parents cheering me on and Aileen finishing only one second behind me. A 41:49 run split gave me an overall time of 2:13:11.Garmin Run: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/349339301
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. Well done to all the participants and thank you to Kenmare Tri Club for running such a great event. Until Loughrea…

PS - My Garmin heart rate data is wrong again so please ignore it…

female winners little bo peep triathlon 2013

Pictures from TI Media/ Ken Murphy

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