Following a week of broken training and recovery I was feeling apprehensive about this race. But figured that it would be good training. With fierce local competition I was looking forward to putting a good performance in, however aches, pains and the fact I was on my road bike meant I could forget about the race and concentrate on putting a solid performance in. Thanks Ribble Cycles for an awesome deal on a replacement fork on my bike! As usual my local bike shop – Wearebikehaus.co.uk (as famed on the Cup of Tri Podcast) have been amazing, great service and advice on getting my steed back up to speed!
Swim was reasonable considering aches and pains. 2nd in my age group behind the overall winner and amazing athlete – Paul Hawkins. Though note to self, 2 piece Tri suits in pool swims are not a great idea. I spent the swim feeling like I was towing another person and been strangled. Ultimately I’m slightly disappointed with 6:04, especially considering I’d swum a reasonably steady 9:30 for 750m open water earlier in the week.
I felt good on the bike and certainly didn’t hold back, but power was way down on the previous weeks race. However, I was pleased with the consistency of my effort and the time considering I got stuck on a roundabout waiting for traffic. Though I put in a solid effort, I’m sure when the TT bike is out of the shop (thanks We are Bikehaus) I’ll be more competitive. I managed the 5th fastest bike split in my AG, not bad on a bike built for sportive comfort and not raw speed.
On the Run I pushed as hard as my body would let me without blowing myself to bits and felt strong coming off the bike and running hard, considering the bruising and repairing body I was reasonably happy with it. I know I can push harder and am hoping the motivation provided by racing in my age group at Nottingham next week will provide me with a few extra rungs of adrenaline.
Overall, I’m happy with where I’m at within my age group. I was 3rd out of a competitive bunch – though I’m gutted to of missed out on the AG win by only 29 seconds! XtraMile events put on brilliant races, Wilmslow is no different, brilliantly well organised and very competitive. Congrats to my team mate – Cole Drews, challenging for overall wins and he’s not far off now (look out for him) narrowly beaten by Paul Hawkins on this occasion.
I’ve learnt a lot this week as a result of the crash and will put those thoughts in a separate blog, from bike insurance, to the aftercare from suppliers, through to Carbon bike repair, so expect some insights from my experience. The Team Oxygen Addict team have been brilliant with their support and advice, its such an encouraging environment, with everyone able to share their experience of trying to achieve some demanding goals, while balancing families, friends and careers. Its been brilliant to be a part of. Not to mention Rob’s guiding words, clarifying discussions and adding industry leading advice – thanks Rob! Mrs Wilson should also get a thanks this week – motivating me to man (or woman) up and compete.