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Race reports: Lincoln & Southwell

ClaireDby ClaireDMay 7th 2013
I must admit I've been really lucky with the weather for my first two triathlons this year. Most of my friends started their season at the end of March in freezing temperatures but the sun was shining, the birds were singing & the water sparkling for my first two events of 2013.
Both events were organised efficiently by the same company - it really is a slick routine, however the queues at Lincoln to get registered took me by surprise. It didn't help that we were slightly late having misjudged the travel time, but we were still standing in the queue with 15 minutes to go before my friend's start time. Need to get better organised in future!

At Southwell we arrived with plenty of time to spare - which was a good thing as my friend (same friend as above!) had forgotten her transition kit box with helmet, goggles, purse & ID etc! I must say the lady from OSB who dealt with this was brilliant (not helped by her officious colleague who took her job far too seriously - I don't like people who use their forefinger to signal someone to wait), I don't know the friendly lady's name but will make an effort to find out when I do the next OSB event. I managed to scrounge helmet & goggles from our fellow club member who was in the middle of competing, the really nice lady leant my friend some shorts & I found a text message with our photos on it from Lincoln triathlon which she could show as ID! I have since recommended a transition kit bag (got one for my birthday) which I think would be a good investment for her!

Anyway, on with the race. Both swim times have been just OK. I have working on my swimming a lot & feel I have made real progress however I my times don't reflect this: 9:08 at Lincoln & 9:25 at Southwell. I can usually do 400m in 8 minutes at my local pool so I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong when it comes to an event - it definitely shouldn't take more than a minute to run to transition! At Lincoln I did get held up for a few lengths but at Southwell I pretty much had a clear swim.

My bike times for both events, again, were OK. I absolutely love riding my bike so it's the one part of triathlon that I look forward to and I don't really get nervous about. At Lincoln for 24km I did 52mins & at Southwell for 17km I did 37mins. The initial part of the Lincoln course was on quiet roads, up a short steep hill then a bit of flat with beautiful scenery; it was quite windy on the way back in & I didn't particularly relish the bit on the A57 but at least that bit was relatively short! At Southwell I had forgotten how up and down it was for the first and last few miles, but it was still an enjoyable ride.

My aim so far for the run section has been to just get round and get finished. I have an ITB injury, have had it for a year now, so I haven't been able to train properly. This is really frustrating as my run times are atrocious and I know I can do a lot better. Even my bike training has been hit as I've been advised that every exercise I do has to be done steadily - so no intervals, hill training or circuits. I keep telling myself that at least I am able to get out there and do the best I can in the circumstances.

Transition times for both triathlons need to be greatly improved as they have all been over one minute. This year, for the first time, I am wearing a tri suit so I should be quicker, as I have less to put on, but my times suggest that I am faffing about!

All in all I finished Lincoln in 1:29:33 and at Southwell 1:12:52 (8 minutes faster than the last time I did it). I can't say that I am overly pleased with these times but the rest of the season is still to come and I have plenty to improve upon so I will continue to work as hard as I can to bring my times down.
sarahleonardby member: sarahleonard, May 10th 2013 11:21
8 minutes faster is a fantastic improvement and still with the rest of the season to go as well. What a great start!

I'm not sure why people need to be like that when your friend was probably stressed out about forgetting her kit box. I can only assume the lady had had an early start and probably needed to get some food in her!

Also your friend can win a transition kit bag in the Summer competition in case she is still looking for one
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