Well done to all the Wicklow members who competed in DCT Sat, it was a very competitive field and a tough course! We had a few age group positions including Alex Gray (3rd), Jim Corbett (3rd), Martina Colville (1st) and Anne McGrane (2nd)
I didn't have a very good race due to bad prep and end of season tiredness but I took some very good learnings from it to bring to the next one and into next year. Here is my quick race report:
Swim - I always get nervous about the swim as I'm still not where I want to be with regards my swimming, didn't put in enough hours over the winter which I need to address next year. However, I didn't expect to be as slow as I was in DCT, goggles leaked 4 times so I had to stop and fix them which really put me off (learning #1 - always ensure you have the right goggles for every race). I started out strong but just fell behind and was suddenly swimming on my own as everyone glided on past me, I actually thought I was coming last at one point as I couldn't see anyone around me. I felt tired, stroke was weak and the negative thoughts started to creep in, I just wanted to get out of the water asap and thought I'd never get to the end. When I finally did get to the end I was literally pulled out by the marshalls and psychologically was not in a good place.
Bike - The first lap of the bike course my legs were sluggish and the negative thoughts were still going around in my head. Will I drop out of the run, can't believe I've to do 5 laps of this, legs are sore, my swim was so bad, why am I not feeling good etc etc. I passed Siobhan on the 2nd lap and I was like 'Sio not having a good race' and she responded with 'Just think positive, keep going' thanks for that Sio! After the 2nd lap I still wasn't able to push the pace, just didn't have it so resigned to the fact that it wasn't going to be one of my better races and decided to just go steady and try and enjoy it. I did my best and got through the course, I then didn't get my feet out of my shoes fast enough and suddenly the back wheel came loose and I had to jump off the bike and run with it up to the dismount line. (learning #2, practice transitions before every race)
Run - Onto the run and surprisingly got a bit of zap into the legs and went out hard, this gradually faded after the first k and then it was just determination that got me through the run. Normally wear socks in races longer than sprint as I get blisters, decided to go sockless for this race and of course got blisters at about 6k (learning #3 the 20 seconds it takes to put on socks is worth it if it avoids blisters).Crossed the line so happy to have finished but disappointed it didn't go as well as I would have liked.
Below are the results:
Pos Age Group Firstname Swim Bike Run Finish
12 Noel Kavanagh 00:24:45 01:06:34 00:37:08 02:10:44
17 3rd Alex Gray 00:22:22 01:08:38 00:39:15 02:12:10
41 John Mercer 00:26:05 01:09:23 00:39:46 02:17:32
93 Tomas Dunne 00:24:43 01:11:21 00:44:53 02:23:36
18 Deirdre Hough 00:30:43 01:12:11 00:45:25 02:31:17
150 Peter Wedderburn 00:30:38 01:13:26 00:44:40 02:31:17
165 David Gillespie 00:28:14 01:12:11 00:50:08 02:33:08
180 Brendan Borland 00:28:26 01:11:51 00:50:33 02:34:50
25 Siobhain Duggan 00:27:46 01:19:20 00:50:36 02:40:41
227 John Bowes 00:39:16 01:12:44 00:45:21 02:41:22
269 3rd Jim Corbett 00:29:29 01:19:22 00:53:56 02:46:44
272 Liam Sweeney 00:30:35 01:23:19 00:50:00 02:47:09
290 Hugh Guy 00:33:32 01:22:57 00:49:40 02:49:30
37 1st Martina Colville 00:35:58 01:19:29 00:51:41 02:50:14
315 cameron bremner 00:30:30 01:22:45 00:56:02 02:54:42
43 2nd ANNE MC GRANE 00:30:58 01:25:14 00:56:07 02:55:20
66 Heidi Sheehy 00:33:13 01:28:50 01:06:39 03:13:43
It looked tough from the sideline Deirdre! I was standing by the bike dismount line in a club hoodie and we all got a fright when your back wheel released You did well to stay on the bike because the back wheel locked up very suddenly and you were clearly focused on other stuff!
Great report, just a pity you had the few hitches. Well done Wicklo Tri!
There is great learning in writing up a race report.
When things start going wrong in the swim, the bike and the run you are in trouble and if that's not bad enough, the negative self talk kicks in. Then you have a real battle on your hands.
The issue of the socks and the 20 seconds is an interesting one. I'd say if you could get used to running without socks, you will cross the line 20 seconds ahead of the Deirdre wearing socks! Interestingly, I always train wearing socks, but never wear them in a race, I have never had a blister, but then my feet are very old and knarly!
Anyway well done and a great report and a pretty good season for you.