London Triathlon Report

 

5 weeks after Austria, I decided to dip my foot into competition once again.  Cue the world's largest triathlon, with around 13,500 athletes taking on the 1500m swim - 40km bike - 10km run over the course of the weekend.  Having spent the last 5 weeks focussing on recovering from Ironman, I knew that I wasn't at my peak, but I was intent on enjoying the race.  I competed in the 'sub 2:30' division, which I'd heard could be quite competitive.  
The swim... where to begin.  It wasn't fast - well, I wasn't fast.  Having neglected my swimming since Austria I paid the price with a 26:37 split.   It was congested for pretty much the whole 1500m.  About half way round some fool started to do breaststroke and kicked me right in the neck - thanks buddy!  Coming out of the water there was the inevitable struggling to get the wetsuit off my ankles... one day I'll learn how to do it quickly!  
After a long run through T1 I was happy to be in my comfort zone - on the bike!  Having the roads closed in central London was a great experience, and cycling along the embankment was pretty fun.  I cycled at a very conservative pace, simply because I'd done no high intensity work over the last 8 weeks.  I was pleased with my split time of 1:00:34, which almost made up for my poor swim.  
T2 went by smoothly.  The run course was 4 loops of 2.5km which I estimated I'd complete in around 42-44 minutes.  The run course was CONGESTED!  This was simply a function of too many waves of too many people, starting too closely together.  There were some very narrow parts of the course which made overtaking tricky, and certainly cost me a few seconds.  I eased into the run on lap 1 in a time of 10:54.  I was feeling good and was disappointed that the time wasn't closer to 10 minutes.  3 more laps of ~11 minutes simply weren't going to do, so I upped the pace.  I then found a really nice rhythm and dialled in my pace to the finish.  I negative split the run, running the last 3 laps in a time of 10:14, 10:10 and 10:08, for a final run time of 41:24 and an overall time of 2:13:37 (15th/173 in my wave).

 

 

It wasn't really this quiet!
#6939 coming through!

 

I later found out that the run was around 0.8km over-distance, so my run time translates to around a 38 minute 10km split.  Overall I really enjoyed the race and had a lot of fun.  There is certainly room for racing Olympic distance in an Ironman athletes season.  My next race is in less than 4 weeks at the TriStar 111 Monaco race.  Oh, and it's less than 9 weeks until Kona!