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The numbers are out.  This was a 481-strong wave of male 35-39 age-groupers: as fiercely competitive a group as I'll ever race against.  No bonus points for eating up half a field of "your mum on a shopper" this time.

Cut for length... )
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Today's race was okay. Swim was just okay - what I'd predicted, but not smooth. T1 was a comedy catastrophe with one shoe going flying off into the road - so even though I was holding evens for much of the bike course (translation: staying at 20mph) I lost so much time that my bike leg suckethed verily. Very lonely out, too, so the usual mental-focus issue (speed drops if I don't have people to chase or Hulk Smash to fuel my speed) applied. Then it was T2, quick as you like, and onto the Dreaded Beach Run (roughly 1k beach, 2k woodland, 2k beach), which took about 8 minutes on top of my best, like most folks, and came it slow but solid. 1:26:45 total.  And I finally got a T5 out of my Suunto.

Thing is, that didn't matter 'cos there was great amusement to be had with an evening of lasagne (nom!) bike fettling and pinball, then a sparrowfart dash across the Levels to set up and go before the sun got to "roast grockle" temperature. [livejournal.com profile] skean , [livejournal.com profile] xeeny and [livejournal.com profile] despaer were in tight competition and the result came right to the wire.  [livejournal.com profile] skean started in the wave behind me -- underestimated his swim-fu -- and I  was pleased to have held him off until we were back on the beach with the last 2k or so to go.  

A good time was had by all.

Introspection behind the cut )

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Penzance try-a-tri was my opener for the season: 400m pool swim, 15.5 mile hilly technical bike, 4 mile rolling run.  1:50:24; my target of 1:30 was way off - people were getting age-group podiums at 1:30.  In summary: great organisation and a nice opener for the year in lovely weather.  Camping at Land's End and crashing over at the surfbumhof rounded off a lovely weekend.

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