Rachel reports on the Blackwater Sprint

Tuesday, 19 August 2014  |  Admin

Blackwater Sprint - Munster Championship


I raced the Blackwater Sprint Triathlon in Fermoy on Saturday. As it was the inaugural Munster Championships, there was a strong field in attendance. Although my sixth place finish was a solid result, I was slightly disappointed with the outcome. With that said, I was happy with my effort, which is all I can really control. My training has been a bit inconsistent in the last three weeks. For someone who is usually somewhat unbalanced in her approach to training (in that it is my number one focus over everything else), having other priorities this month has been refreshing and exciting. So, if my times suffered a bit in Fermoy, so be it. I gave 100 percent… so I crossed the finish line with a smile on my face.


The swim was in the Blackwater River, with 350m upstream and 400m downstream. My 13:21 split was decent. I found feet for the last 300m or so but spent most of the route in clear water, which wasn’t ideal. Selecting a better starting position and drafting more effectively are two things I really need to address in the future. After a long run to transition, I found my bike and set off on another long run uphill and out of transition.

Blackwater Tri Munster Championship 2014

The 20km bike route was a single loop, with a few tricky right turns and a strong and unpredictable wind. I was unsure of my position out of the water so just set about pushing on in the saddle. Not one person passed me on the bike as I steadily moved up the field. The women’s wave was mixed with relay participants, however, so I didn’t really know if I was making any progress against my competitors.

Rachel Clancy Limerick Triathlon ClubMy 35:42 split is not a true reflection of my usual bike strength, as I have only managed one training spin in the last two weeks. With that said, it still put me in fifth position heading out on the run…


After another very long run to transition, I racked my bike and headed for the 6km out-and-back route. The course was hilly and wind so I focused on holding my form and extending my stride whenever I could. The fourth-placed woman was just in front of me but she managed to pull away steadily during my 24:23 journey. I was also passed with about 1km to go, losing out on fifth place by ten seconds. I crossed the line in 1:14:38, very satisfied with my effort.


I have one more race this season, which is the Dublin City Triathlon next Sunday. Until next time…


Chilling after the race at the Blackwater Tri

Thanks to Gordon Thompson for the images, full album of the race here!

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