I don't have any others planned actually but who knows, may do a Phoenix Park one if suits training.
Headed up to Dundalk this morning for a bit of race pace fun.
I did this course back in Oct'11 as part of the Chase the Brownlee Duathlon and enjoyed it a lot.
Distance is a 3.2km Run, 17km Bike and 3.2km Run to finish.
Did a little bike with bursts and similar run to warm up.
Race Start and we're off. I positioned myself around the 2nd row or so and there was around 12 in front of me. A quick scan of the Garmin to see pace around the 2:45/km... Ok a bit more and another check to see again 2:50/km pace. I ease back a little - it is a little bit of a downhill start so there is time to be banked, but I wasn't going to last at that pace so let the 12 or so carry on and followed around 10-15 feet behind.
First KM done in 3:05, strong pace and I'm around 12th-15th position! Harsh eh!
Balls to the wall stuff but pace did ease a little - second KM done in 3:26 and still on for a decent run split.
Turn left onto a slight incline along a windy country lane, I start to reel in those that had gone out too hard here and make up a few places.. Third KM done in 3:45 - not a bad pace for the incline.
Last 200m done in 3:44 pace and I'm around 12th coming into T1.
So Run 1 done in 10:59 with an average pace of 3:27 for the 3.2km.
This puts me into 9th place.
Into T1 and I went to grab my bike, some shouting later I realise I shouldn't have missed that part of race briefing! Around a cone first and then collect bike. 10 seconds lost, no biggie.
May have lost a place or two here but only seconds anyway.
Onto the Bike then and time to start clawing back some positions!
No flying mount today, I haven't practised them and wasn't going arse over head for the sake of a couple seconds! So a normal mount, well, slow really but onto the bike and then I get overtaken straight away by a guy flying on a road bike. I mean flying, I was thinking how did he pick up so much speed so fast! No matter, buckle shoes in and down to aero.
I start to reel him in straight away, and pick up some solid speed heading to roundabout 1.
Approaching the roundabout and I'm pleasantly surprised to see Paul Carroll just leaving as I approach, so not much time gained on me just yet. I make a mental note of the point we pass to compare on the next lap as a tracker also.
Around the roundabout and up the slight hill and into the head wind. I had experienced this on the warm up and knew it was where time could be gained.
I reeled in another few places up to the Sportsman's and by the next roundabout I'm in 4th place and Paul Carroll still a similar gap to me as we approach roundabout.
Bill McCormack is chasing hard - I know he's an uber biker and he seems to be gaining on him.
Around the roundabout and the easy part with a slight tail wind and fast section.
Down to roundabout No 3 and I don't seem to have gained much on 3rd place. He has a gap on me but on a positive side the leaders are in a similar place as I approach the roundabout so haven't gained too much on me.
Around and into the wind again and more hard work. I start to gain a bit on 3rd but not close enough.
As I approach final roundabout 4, I see Bill pushing hard and into 1st place so he's overtaken Paul Carroll.
Impressive stuff, I start to gain a bit more and am maybe 10 seconds down on 3rd heading into T2.
Bike - 27:14 for 17km, Avg Pace 37.3kph.
3rd Fastest Bike split, 1min off Bill, 24 seconds off Paul Carroll
So I've gained a few places and am in 4th.
T2 is a non affair really, rack bike, helmet off, squeeze shoes on and run out!
Saying that, I did manage to lose 6-7 seconds on the 3 lads ahead of me so some work to be done there too!
So out and the legs are moving ok, 3rd place is maybe 25 feet ahead of me and he is running good.
I try to push but don't quite have the speed to reel him in. Curse the short bike course anyway!
I'm not looking at pace, have no interest in HR and am just trying to chase down that podium place!
He turns a couple times and I'm hopeful he'll tail off. But no! He's a strong runner and starts to pull away from me.
I carry on pushing, KM1 done in 3:28, KM2 in 3:39 and I'm suffering a little.
Onto the incline then and I start to hear some feet behind me. No I'm not losing this place, start to push a bit more and KM3 is a slow 4:00 but it's an incline. Levels a little then for final burst which I manage at 3:40 pace to hold off 5th by a mere 6 seconds!
Run 2 - 11:49, Avg Pace 3:41/km.
Overall - 51:19 and 4th place.
Managed to bag €50 Age Group Prize also which was nice.
Enjoyed this race a lot, a nice bit of race pace fun, some speed to be gained particularly on run but that will come as I progress.
Oct'11 - 54:11
Apr'12 - 51:19
Nice 3 minute gain.
I was 2.5mins behind Paul Carroll the winner, mainly on both runs and under 30secs behind on Bike.
Solid progress, more time to gain and I'm confident of improving in the next weeks and months ahead.
I don't have a priority race until end of July so that will be when I'll hope to have gained some more speed all round and particularly run hopefully.
Next race - 2 weeks in Joey Hannan Olympic.