Steve Macklin: Lanesboro Sprint Triathlon Race Report

Wednesday, 17 July 2013  |  Admin

Lanesboro National Series Sprint Race Report

Overall 6th Place 1.01.35 (3rd in my age group)

Its Tuesday night and I'm writing this blog in Dublin after a very enjoyable training session in the Phoenix Park with Joe Lynch. It is a super place to train and buzzing at night with the good weather. We did a nice controlled brick with focus on the bike using the duathlon course, felt great!!! Last night we headed to Killiney for a sea swim session with the Pulse crew, with Neil Bolger leading the session with lots of focus on drafting and sighting in groups. Thanks Neil really enjoyed it!!!

So I was on the national series trail again last weekend this time heading for Co Longford and a little village called Lanesboro. Headed off Friday lunchtime with my good friend Ryan O Callaghan. It was a warm car journey and temperatures seemed to sore the closer to the midlands we got. Arrived in Lanesboro and what a beautiful place it was, very small but a lovely setting situated on Lough Ree. We had a quick look at lake and transition area before heading over to the Sudways house where we were staying for the night. Ciaran, Marie, Naoise and Fiachra were supreme hosts over the weekend, feeding us well and giving us the info on the course etc. Ciaran even treated us to some Zombie Nation and Scooter at 7am to wake us up haha. Yes it was race morning, time to get in the zone!!! Out of bed, on with gear and a little jog to loosen up the legs and get some air in the lungs. Back for breakfast, a lie down on the bed listening to some music then cycled to course ready to go.

Transition was buzzing when we got there with a DJ playing some beats and cracking some jokes. Practiced my transitions a few times before hand as in Athlone they were so bad I cringed looking at the times. The aim was to nail them in this race. So down to the lake we went and listened to the briefing and into the water which was more like a warm bath than anything!!! It was too warm for a wetsuit but everyone was in the same boat. I was off in wave one and with the first buoy only about 250m away there was a mad scramble when the horn sounded, once again getting kicked around in the first 150m. Got around the first buoy and settled into a nice rhythm and carried this through until we exited the water. I was pretty happy with my swim, better than Athlone at least. T1 I nailed so happy with that.

The first 5km on bike I was just passing bodies until I found my legs a bit. There was a bit of a headwind on the way out but a nice stretch of straight road with some small inclines. Battled with another biker for a while each of us over taking each other but keeping the 10m gap. It was a pity that some of the others didn't do the same as there was some blatant drafting going on and I felt sorry for Will McCormack out on his own at the front getting chased. Anyway control what you can control, you can't control what others do in a race so best not to dwell on it. I felt I biked a lot harder and better than Athlone the previous week but only had the 14th fastest split with 30.41, hmmm!!!

T2 went very well so much different to Athlone and one on fastest of the day. Run legs were not great for the first km exiting transition in about 14th place. This was through a woods with soft gravel to run through and up an incline. Then we got out on main road heading towards the turn around point at 2.5km. The locals were out with hoses in the gardens which was very welcome as it was midday and very hot and humid!!! Started running better and passed some bodies and got a look at things in top 5 of race approaching the turn around. Will was out in front with the others running very fast chasing him down. I ran very very hard and it hurt a lot, but managed to work my way up to 6th place by the finish. Only had the 4th fastest run split of the day with 16.56 so was disappointed with that as I had the 2nd fastest split behind Gavin Noble in Athlone. Overall I was happy with the performance I gave on the day, I gave it everything and nailed the transitions which was an important focus. Also had my best swim to date so that's progress. It was a great day for the Go Tri racing team also with many of the gang picking up prizes, I'm sure STL was a happy camper!!! Ryan also had a great race, having a PB for the sprint distance!!!

For any triathletes out there I would highly recommend doing this race, it was very professionally run, superb location and a great friendly atmosphere in the village. Thank you Lanesboro Tri club for a superb race. Thanks also to the Sudways for their kind hospitality, Naoise had a great race for 1st junior and so did Marie, Ciaran and Fiachra. Ciaran you can't beat some Zombie Nation and Scooter at 7am on race morning haha!!!

Time for bed as I must meet Joe at 6am tomorrow for a pool session at the NAC before work. Back to training now for a bit, loving it at the moment especially with the great weather. Next up is Little Bo Peep National Series Olympic Distance race at end of July before a 10 day camp with Rich in South of France. Looking forward to that as its a beautiful place and a chance to get some good work done in preparation for London in September.


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