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TriHardAlan - Tales of an Age Grouper
TriHardAlan - Tales of an Age Grouper

Analyze This

TriHardAlanby TriHardAlanJul 11th 2017
Time. We can all be a bit obsessed with it. You only have to look at the fuss on Social Media about Tim Don recent “world record” at Ironman Brazil. It is an Ironman world record/ not iron distance/draft assisted by lead motorbike/Roth is short etc etc. It is almost forgotten that Tim put on a career best long distance performance which is right up there as one of the best in history. And as Age Group athletes do we apply this to ourselves? I do. My last Olympic distance race was 3 minutes quicker than the previous one/it wasn’t as quick as my pb/ the run was slower than it used to be/bike was quicker. The list is endless. And whilst of course you have to analyze the details to find areas of improvement there has to be balance so we enjoy what we invest so much money and time in doing.

So if we are not obsessing over time how else do we measure race success? Winning is the obvious answer and Triathlon is great as the Age Group structure gives us a platform to do this as for the majority of us competing with the younger athletes simply isnt a level playing field. So if you find yourself in a Triathlon with a small field on a Friday morning with everybody of note racing at the weekend and you are at the front end of the overall race is that still something to celebrate? Of course it is! There you go again fussing over the details!

And that is where I found myself last Friday morning doing the Sprint Distance at the Media Trust Triathlon at Eton Dorney. I didn’t have my best swim, bike or run (or transitions for that matter). But coming out of the water in 5th place was a novel experience. And I was able to do that partly by getting my line of navigation spot on and finding some feet to draft. Things I often dont manage. Out on the bike and quickly overtaking people and I am thinking “where am I? Am I first?” (I didnt know but the winners was streets ahead at the time). On the run I thought I might have a better idea but there was an Olympic distance race too and relays and not easy to tell who was who. So I pushed as hard as I could and finished with a strong sprint and would have had a big smile had I the energy to smile.

So how did it all end? The printout had me third. So a place on the podium and a prize! My first and maybe last time for overall positions. So we waited the nearly 2 hours for the awards ceremony only for them to announce a different name in third. Panic, panic, panic! I will complain I quickly thought. I checked the online results too. But then panic over when I was announced as second.

That I spent no time analyzing.
Analyze This
 
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