Sunday, 27 September 2009

Tri and Cross...

A funny mix but certainly a good one. The cross season is firing up while the tri season is winding down.

It was great to be able to participate in both Bala and Ludlow Tri's. The nicest part of looking back is, to state the obvious, that the enjoyment came 1% from the race and 99% from the people who I raced with. Also, and this is somewhat new for me... a huge part of the satisfaction came from other peoples performance. Either those that I coach directly or those that I help on an informal basis and who improved and were kind enough to say I helped them. That's a mega buzz :)

The thing about tri though is you really need a slippery bike to hold your own - and slippery doesn't come cheap. Luckily for me Big Dave T came up with the loaner wheels and I rummaged around the spares bags in the garage to build a teflon machine. However the saddle wasn't designed for triathlon... yes it is as painful as it looks.

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Bala first... another perfect day. Early morning mist on the lake lifted to a blue-sky stunner. I held the same time as last year (due in no small part to the 2 weeks training in Provence) but had to go mega deep to do it... as rumour would have it 10th pace is the 9th loser but it's good enough for me :) Steve, Stuart and Marc all showed the way forward too.

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Ludlow today was totally different. A sprint+ distance (400m, 26km, 6.25 km), a pool swim and lots more friends competing.

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It was tops to have P racing too (all on heartrate for those of you worrying about the future Mokes).

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P claimed 5th woman while 'Charlie' stood on the theoretical podium as 1st feotus. I squeezed every ounce of Ginger Power out of the legs and managed to hang on for the top spot - happy days.

Like I said this weekend is the watershed for cross and tri. Last tri today - first cross next Sunday (got a ninja bike coming from Climb On, watch this space). Cross practise sessions started last Tuesday (all COBCC club members welcome - give me a call) and the brave ones showed up to get their cross on!

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And of course Deadly Nedley had to go to the next level with his new cross shoes. "You can race in them and you can dine in them..." what else could you ask for?

From bala and ludlow tri

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