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Norwich Triathlon Training Ride

May 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Making the most of the good weather, and being back home after a week in sunny Glasgow, I met up with a good friend to ride the Norwich triathlon olympic bike route.

I’ve known Gary for something like 15 years but have not really seen him for some time so it was good to bump into him at the Tri-anglia Waveney 1 traithlon at the beginning of the month. He’s a strong cyclist having done a couple of E’tapes taking in a good few of the most famous mountains France has to offer. As Gary is doing the Olympic tri this year, we thought it would be good to ride the bike route to get a good feel for it.

We joined the route at Saxlingham Nethergate and then proceeded round the course, the first 5 to 10 kilometers were on fairly quiet rides which allowed us to have a good chat. From joining the main road back Woodton into Brooke it was pretty much single file due to the traffic. The road is quite fast although there are a few inclines to consider pacing correctly on race day. Again, the road between Brooke and Poringland was pretty quick and it was nice to turn off toward Arminghall and away from all the cars.

The road to Arminghall is okay but as there are fields either side it could get windy when the road opens up. We then decided to ride to Whitlingham Lane for completeness rather than turn back toward Caister. When we got to the lake we had a quick look at where the ramp comes out of the water and the short run into transition.

The last leg of the course was okay although it takes in Skeet’s Hill, which for us was toward the end of our ride, but on race day will be fairly near the beginning – this is a good little workout for the legs!

Finished off the morning with a nice coffee and chat with Gary and Clare about family, work, cycling and triathlon.

What a great start to the weekend!

As shown in the graphs below, my heart got a good workout. I’m fairly pleased with my cadence and average speed of just under 19 miles an hour (30 km/h) given that I’ve not really cycled further than about 10 miles in one go!

Cadence

Cadence

Elevation

Elevation

Heart Rate

Heart Rate

Timing

Timing

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2012 Season Races

April 4, 2012 Leave a comment

Having signed up for another race yesterday I thought it a good idea to make a note of my calendar for the 2012 season, I’ll hopefully follow up this post with another outlining my targets for each event.

Norwich Triathlon Olympic distance, Norwich, on July 1st.
More details.

National Club Relay Championships, Nottingham, on 25th and 26th August.
More details.

Waveney 2 Triathlon super sprint, Bungay, September 9th.
More details.

Fritton Viking half Ironman, Fritton, on September 23rd.
More details.

Additionally, I’ll hope to take part in the Broadsman which is the clubs unoffical half Ironman race, I’m not sure when this will be although it is toward the end of the year.

I also hope to try the local 10 mile time trial which runs on a weekday evening from Ketteringham and maybe try my hand at a race at the Lotus test track (time and resources pending!).

I’ll flesh this out with further details soon and also with my targets…

Norwich Triathlon 2010

July 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Sunday the 4th July saw my first triathlon and what a great day it was. The weather was lovely, atmosphere at the park was great and everybody was really friendly.

I was one of many who helped out on Saturday to  set up various bits in preparation for the big event. This was actually one of the best things  I could have done as it kept my mind of things and stopped me stressing about the event itself. It was also a great opportunity to meet other people from the club and also get an insight into how much work is involved in setting up and running a triathlon event.

Back to the Sunday, it was an early start and a short ride from home to Whitlingham. After picking up my timing chip (I had registered already on the Saturday but chips weren’t available) I set about organising my stuff in the transition area. With my bike racked and cycling and running gear laid out on my towel I got everything I would need for the start (wetsuit, cap, goggles, drink and supplies).

The problem with being in the Sprint is that I had to arrive to set up my gear before transition closed at 7:30 and then wait until 10:10 for my wave to start. This wasn’t as bad as I thought it may have been as I met up with a friend, Crispin, from Tri-Anglia and we watched various parts of the Oly and Relay waves.

So, with our start time approaching we walked round to the Outdoor Center and got into out wetsuits and shortly after listened to the race brief, a few minutes after that and we were all in the water doing warm up swims. It was cool seeing that I wasn’t the only nervous one but everyone was having a laugh which kept things relaxed.

The klaxon sounded and we set off on the swim – three buoys out, past the turning point and back to the swim exit. This went okay and I knew the swim was my weakest and I was just glad not to be the last out of the water – in fact I was 73d out of 90. Apart from getting a few knocks and then someone swimming across my legs and causing me to get cramp it was okay.

Out of the water I set off toward T1 having managed to get my wetsuit down to my waist before getting there. T1 was pretty slick for my first go – wetsuit off, feet soaking up the talcum powder I spread over the towel, on with the cycling shoes (filled with talc), helmet, glasses and number belt and away I went. There’s a two minute penalty if you get your bike of the rack without having first done up your helmet so I was pleased I remembered that!

Out of transition and into the bike mount/dismount area and I was soon clipped in and belting it down Whtilingham Lane – first problem of the day – dozy car drivers! Not content to park all along one side of the road a few cars decided to try and squeeze through side-by-side holding us up. I was lucky enough to be able to nip through a gap whereas some others were held up.

Heading through Trowse and what an encouraging site – my wife, children and parents on the corner cheering me on! This gave me a boost and I put the hammer down as I exited the corner. The bike leg was a decent effort and I was 11th fastest, I think there was only one person who took me on the 18km route, I didn’t count the number I went past but it was a few!

Also, one of my friends (who took some cool photos) was part way up the climb from Stoke Holy Cross to Poringland and gave me a cheer. He then managed to belt it past in his car to get ahead for my photos and encouragement – cheers Tone!!

I had to stop for traffic on the foot-down right turn on Arminghall Road which would have cost me a few seconds but I knew my supporters were waiting so again I put in a real effort.

T2 went well at 0:42 and was just a case of racking bike and helmet, getting running shoes on then going for it.

My legs did feel heavy and I had the sensation that I was kind of dragging my legs around to start with but I soon got into the swing of it. I was not familiar with the course leading away from the transition zone as we went up into the woods, this provided some nice shelter from the sun though.

After a few kilometers I got cramp all the way down my right leg which felt awful but I didn’t want to stop and was able to run it off. Apart from a slight stitch further round the run was quite good again passing a good few people. The water stop just after the woods was welcome as was the stop near the Outdoor Center.

A strong finish saw me take a few more people even though some spectators decided to walk across the route up Millionaires Row toward the finish.

After getting my breath back I waited for my friend Crispin to finish, he won his age group which was fantastic!