To explain what the race is - Triathlon, It’s a 1.5km Swim, 40km Ride, 10km run.
Conditions were very Calm, zero breeze and started cool at 7;30am but 99% humidity, and by 10am it was 28deg C and still around 80% humidity - so like summer (it’s nearly winter here…)
As a team, we have three guys, each doing One Leg each (i did the run)
With 600 people competing, and nearly 100 teams, They had to start the event in Wave type starts.
Elite men start, then elite women, then Age group Individuals in various wave starts.
By the time Out team Swimmer had started, The elite individual men already were on their bike, around 35-40min before us.
Out swimmer swam great, he was 60sec behind the winner, in a pack of about 4 fighting for 2-5th.
On change over, you have to swap over a Timing chip, which our cyclist lost about 30sec doing…
At the end of the cycle race, we had moved into a solid 2nd and still 60sec behind - and past a lot of individual guys in the process.
During the run, i was keeping Pace with the 1km markers perfectly for a 35min run - this lasted 3km and i didnt see any more 1km markers till 1km to go!!
Constantly passing guys due to starting so far behind, eg, perhaps passing one person on average every 50m (it makes you feel like you’re going faster than you really are)
I felt like the pace was consistent till around 4km - then the Heat started to really effect me - started to make the Heart rate go higher and the pace go slower. (Normally the only thing to make the Heart rate go higher is a Faster Pace - otherwise it just sits there if pace is the same)
Eventually, i got sight of the Leader runner and caught him by around 800m to go - Where i sat till we got to the Finishing park (around 300m to go) After which, i passed him and just sprinted away and put around 100m on him. (seems the spring wasnt really needed, but i was in pain and just kept running)
Wasnt too happy with my time - I lost way too much speed between 3km and 9km - during the km splits i could see, i was running for 35min pace, when i didnt see them, it slowed way down to 4min per km avg. So overall time was just under 38. It was hot as all buggery, but even in that heat, wasnt a very fast time. Oh well. Heart rate graph didnt really show a very high Heart rate, it was up, but nothing specially high. Considering it was hurting a lot - i thought the HR would have been somewhat higher (Heat Stress??)
I was that Hot, that later when i went to bed, even when it cooled off, i couldnt sleep under sheets - i felt burning.
So - have to release my calfs (a bit sore) and get ready for a 2 month big base (more km and more hrs, with hopefully faster base km pace)