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Portobello Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Portobello, Scotland
United Kingdom
Edinburgh Racing Co-op
13C / 55F
Total Time = 1h 13m 6s
Overall Rank = 66/119
Age Group = Male Veteran
Age Group Rank = 19/35
Event warmup:

Walk down the road with my Zoe to registration
  • 13m 29s
  • 750 meters
  • 01m 48s / 100 meters

I lined up in the second line of people thinking I would take it easy and not get involved in any stramash at the front. Then the airhorn went as did my plans. Sprinted to the water and attempted the dolphin thing. Remarkably argy bargy free start, after I had settled down I couldn't see many people ahead of me. T was swimming at the RHS of the pack and somehow found myself about 3rd round the first bouy. Fantastic - no melee.
I may have gone a bit fast as 1st to 2nd bouy saw a fair amount of people passing me. Down the home straight I went stroke for stroke with some guy. He was just edging ahead of me but I overtook him in the last 15 yards again using the dolphin thing.
I heard a shout for me from the seniors wave waiting to start - it was one of the upcoming Stirling tri guys Stu Fraser.
Safely negotiated the pointless paddling pool and into transition.
What would you do differently?:

This was a great swim in a flat calm sea. I maybe could have pushed harder in the middle.
Transition 1
  • 01m 17s

Taking the wetsuit off was nearly good but then I had a lot of faffing around with the left leg. The start of the cycle is on an incline so I opted for not leaving the shoes on the bike.
  • 38m 28s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 19.39 mile/hr

After the initial flurry of people passing me things settled down. I had a marshal on a motorbike for company for about a 3rd of a lap. A couple of very tight corners on the course. I took these with extreme caution which was just as well as I nearly came off one time when my back wheel slipped on one of the pedestrian crossing markers.
About two miles from home a guy from my club passed me (Scott) and opened up quite a gap. This was a spur to up the pace. I managed to reel him back in a bit on the downhill and then kept in touch to the end of the cycle. I could see Scott had a nightmare dismount and we ran through the timing mat about 5 seconds apart.
What would you do differently?:

The spur of Scott passing me showed that I could have pushed harder on the bike than I did.
Transition 2
  • 00m 37s

The race was now well and truely on. It was all about me and Scott.
I completely cocked up putting on my left shoe and had to put it on twice. All I could think was that's it he's disappearing out of sight.
Great relief on leaving T2 to see him just infront of me.
What would you do differently?:

Put my left shoe on just the once.
  • 19m 15s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 06m 11s  min/mile

Pre race I thought Scott and I would be pretty close, but I would put him down as slightly faster at the run. The disaster was that he was ahead of me already. I felt good though so it was time to give it my best.
He was about 10 yards ahead all the way down to the first turn point. We give each other a jolly wave as we pass in opposite directions but Scott now knows I'm hunting for him. Towards the end of the first lap I pass Zoe going in the opposite direction and we high five as we pass.
Last lap and Scott is definitely starting to pull away. Lady number 24 comes up alongside me and I vow to hang onto her guessing that she will pull me back in touch. I stick with her all the way down to the last turn, but Scott is still around 20 yards ahead when he has another disaster. The guy infront of him rounds a bollard and Scott runs straight into him. They exchange phone numbers and insurance details and then Scott finishes his turn. Lady no. 24 obviously has a smaller turning circle than me and is suddenly 2 yards ahead through this turn, the elastic between us has snapped. Halfway down the final stretch I note with frustration that Mrs 24 is now level with Scott about 10 yards ahead.
The pace goes up but the gap remains the same, I just can't catch him.
I spot Zoe rounding the first lap turn just as I head for the finish tunnel and try to give her a shout but even I can barely hear it.
What would you do differently?:

Loved the run. The attempt to run down Scott pulled me along.
Post race
Warm down:

Remembered that I had brought the camera so ran along to get it to snap Zoe and Stu crossing the finish line.

Event comments:

Great fun.
Stu got 2nd.

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Last updated: 2007-08-05 12:00 AM
00:13:29 | 750 meters | 01m 48s / 100meters
Age Group: 8/35
Overall: 27/119
Performance: Good
Course: Triangular course in the sea at Portobello Beach.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:17
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:38:28 | 12.43 miles | 19.39 mile/hr
Age Group: 24/35
Overall: 78/119
Performance: Good
Course: 3 laps of a triangular course.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 00:37
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:19:15 | 03.11 miles | 06m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 26/35
Overall: 77/119
Performance: Good
Course: Flat 2 lap course along the promonade.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2007-08-07 2:04 PM

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Stirling, Scotland
Subject: Portobello Sprint Triathlon

2007-08-07 5:15 PM
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Goodyear, AZ
Subject: RE: Portobello Sprint Triathlon
Congrats on such a sgreat race! You were very strong in all 3 events. Your run was amazing Well done!
2007-08-08 3:36 AM
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Stirling, Scotland
Subject: RE: Portobello Sprint Triathlon

Thanks riorio,

I think the run must have been a bit short, it was a slightly different route from previous years. So I can't make a direct comparison, but I am not as fast as just over 6min/mile.

2007-08-08 5:44 PM
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Subject: RE: Portobello Sprint Triathlon

Great race report!!! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. 

Smokin' great time!  Congrats.

2007-08-09 1:29 AM
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Extreme Veteran
Subject: RE: Portobello Sprint Triathlon
Great lead up to the HIM, Dave!
You're going to rock it.
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