I started the day nice and early at 5am, hoping to see no rain as I opened the window, but no such luck! It was bound to be a crappy day and I just had to get mentally ready for a race in the rain.
I got my bag ready, got the drink bottles for the Speedfill, a banana and a Powerbar for breakfast and I was out of the door.
I got to Hampton Court pool with plenty of time to check in, rack the bike and watch the first wave of starters as they took off. It was freezing, and I had not taken a rain coat, only a coton sweater, mistake I will not allow to happen again, specially when racing in this unpredictable UK weather.
My number was 101, and I noticed the 80's were already lining up so I went to transition, got my warm clothing off, placed it in my transition bag and ran off to line up by the pool. IT WAS FREEZING outside, and I was dreading the bike section as the wind factor would surely make it feel cooler, specially with the wet tri clothing on. Oh well, I had to MAN UP!
Soon enough I was on the pool ready to go. The marshall sends me off and I soon passed the first two people in front of me. There was a bit of traffic in the pool (as always at this race) but I got out in 9m:40s.
Transition time was ok, but not great, mainly due to the fact that there was a long run from the pool along the side of transition to let you in through the back. I get the helmet on, get the bike and Im off, for another long jog before I can jump on the saddle. T1 was 1m:07s.
T2 slower than T1 at 1m:44s.
Shoes on and off to Bushy Park. The run was ok, specially given the cold and rain. I set off at a quick pace but soon slowed down a bit. I was not passed by anyone and passed about 10 people on the run.
In summary, it was a good race due to the fact that I was able to shave abut 7 minutes from last year's time. Also, taking into account that I was not pushing at 100% on the bike because of the rain, I could have easily shaved off another 2-3 minutes, making it a total of 10 minutes off of last year's time.
Now I have a month and a half before the Half Challenge in Barcelona and only one Olympic Distance race from now till then. It's getting closer and closer, so I just hope I can stay healthy and injury free.
Full Results Here
Full Results Here