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Stirling Aquathon - Biathlon (swim/run)

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Stirling Triathlon Club
9C / 48F
Total Time = 36m 7s
Overall Rank = 15/25
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Watched the kids race and the first heat.
Event warmup:

Swam a couple of lengths.
  • 12m 14s
  • 750 meters
  • 01m 38s / 100 meters

First off in my lane. Got my feet tapped on the third lane so let the guy through and sat on his legs for the rest of the swim. My lane was nearest the spectators so it was quite strange looking at them all the way down, especially when I passed the massed ranks of friends and family.
What would you do differently?:

Tactically spot on with getting the tow from the guy that passed me. Very disappointing in only tumble turning on the first length. I would need to practice in a 50m pool more.
Transition 1
  • 00m

Pretty good transition Initially disorientated on leaving the pool on wether to turn left or right. One abortive attempt to put on my right shoe.
What would you do differently?:

Pay attantion to where my transition area is relative to the pool exit. Maybe talc my shoe's, I don't know everyone else does it.
  • 23m 53s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 41s  min/mile

On leaving the pool I could see John O'Donnell ahead of me and was determined to catch him. Caught him after one and a half laps but this spurred him on.
Some parts of the track were quite muddy.
What would you do differently?:

I'm very happy with my run.
Post race
Warm down:

Forgot to do any kind of warm done.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I got a good tow on the swim and had a target for the run. I reckon I was close to peak performance for both.

Event comments:

This was the first time this race had been opened up to Seniors. Hopefully we can get more people next time.
Less muddy and warmer would also be great.
Chuffed to bit's to discover I was swimming in the same heat as the top Scottish ladies triathlete (Kerry Lang).

Last updated: 2005-03-28 12:00 AM
00:12:14 | 750 meters | 01m 38s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 11/25
Performance: Good
Course: 50m pool at Stirling University.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation:
Time:  00:00
Overall: Good
Removing cap, goggles and wetsuit: Good
Getting into shoes: Average
00:23:53 | 03.11 miles | 07m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 19/25
Performance: Good
Course: Two laps of University lake
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2005-03-28 4:23 AM

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Stirling, Scotland
Subject: Stirling Aquathon

2005-03-29 3:23 AM
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Subject: RE: Stirling Aquathon
Hi Dave.

Good performance!

Now then, I was sitting on the finish line, laptop on my knees, keying in the finish times and trying to work out the race results when I hear this almighty racket...

All I can here is high pitched screaming, and chanting: "Come on DAVE!". Then the appearance of the man himself - Dave Richards charging for the finish line!

Congratulations, not only on a string race, but for bringing along the largest, loudest (and almost exclusively female) fan club!

How do you do it?

Cheers, Andy

2005-03-30 6:17 AM
in reply to: #134698

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Subject: RE: Stirling Aquathon
Looks like a lack of talc didn't hurt your running.
Great time, I dream for a sub 5 min/km let alone a 4!!!

Nice one!
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