Rachel romps home at the Worldsend Triathlon
Tuesday, 27 August 2013 | Admin
World’s End Triathlon – August 24th 2013
I did my last domestic race of the season in Castleconnell, County Limerick on Saturday. There was a great turnout from the local clubs, with over 250 people doing the sprint and 65 tackling the try-a-tri. It’s definitely a nice race for Limerick Tri members because we do our open water swimming at the Castleconnell Boathouse on Monday evenings and cycle the nearby roads frequently.
The swim route went straight up-river before a 180-degree turn back down to transition. I settled in well but didn’t post a marvelous time (12:53).
After a 53-second stop in T1, I mounted my bike and set off on the familiar but somewhat technical course. I powered through the flat sections and descents and handled the few minor climbs smoothly. A handful of very sharp turns required focus and care to negotiate successfully. I was pleased with my 33:58 bike split and dismounted in 2nd position. Luckily, I was off my bike before the rain fell, as I know some later competitors had spills on the slick roads.
I went hard on the run and held onto my position with a 20:35 split. I would like to have ran sub-20 but with my half-ironman fast approaching, my priority of late has been endurance, rather than speed. I’m sure this will pay off in Las Vegas in two weeks. My overall race time was 1:09:22, which I was very happy with.
I briefly mingled with my parents, coach and friends at the finish line in torrential rain before dashing back to transition to grab my gear. Unfortunately, a very inconsiderate driver had blocked in my car, meaning I was stranded in the parking lot for about 20 minutes. Thankfully, the owner of the car in front of me (who was properly parked) arrived and let me out. Overall, World’s End was the ideal way to end my last phase of hard training because it was enjoyable and well supported. It was also capped off with a lovely barbeque and night out with Limerick Tri.
Thanks for reading my reports all season. I am off to Las Vegas on September 2nd and race in the World Championships on the 8th. I can’t wait! I will then be spending two weeks in California (which is where I went to college)… relaxing, sightseeing, sunbathing, shopping and eating.
If you want to read about the Half-Ironman World Championships, here’s the link: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman-70.3/world-championship.aspx#axzz2cyxIbjVj