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Discussion: RR - oldbury white horse tri, calne (UK)

Subject: RR - oldbury white horse tri, calne (UK)

By: ian d.

Written on: Monday May 07, 2012

Message: Where: calne, wilts, UK
When: 6 may 2012
Organiser: events logic
Course details: common-garden pool sprint
Distance(s): 400m in the white horse pool, bike up and down the A4 past the Oldbury White Horse, mixed surface run
Marshalling: loads, cheery
Facilities: swimming pool for changing, watching the swim from etc
Technical: Chip timing
Freebies: tshirt, massage

Well... what is there to say? 1st tri since Sept 2010, and very possibly my last ever. This race was a "Proof of Concept" really - can I run? I really honestly didn't know - the various issues I have ended up with me not running in training any longer as I was finding running 4Km created groin pain after all, so stopped running as I didn't want to make anything any worse than what it already was. Consequently I was running on residual fitness from cycling primarily but with no idea how it may actually turn out.

It also probably wasn't the most ideal course for me - although the overall climbing was only 130m this represented around 9Km of "up" in the 20K bike so it was always going to be a challenge for me, and I knew from recceing the course a few weeks ago it would take me around an hour - but that was not an issue in itself. It was local, was run by a mate, and it meant I could get away to the two junior rugby dinners and awards and fun day at the club straight afterwards. The Cotswold Super Sprint would probably have suited me better but was 45 minutes away.


First - and most importantly - the positives. The swim went really well (for me!). 11:18 but that included the usual didds beached whale exit from the pool and about 200m jog along to T1. Certainly my watch said 10:50 during the run to T1, but whilst not "fast" I was happy enough with a concerted and non-tiring swim effort. I had been lucky with a lane to myself though as i joked with the lane next to me just before the start it meant I didn't have anyone to draft off:-)

T1 was really "poor" - but I had to put a fleece on as TBH it was really nippy and I knew I would be out on the bike for a long time. True the climbing would keep me warm but I was a bit worried about the descent and how cold that may make me.

The ride went as I knew it was, though maybe not helped with an easterly wind that meant I was climbing into the wind for the longest climb. The descent into the turn around - about 1.75 Km, was also still into the headwind and I never felt I "got going on the descent" - certainly I was able to ride in 50/12 and pedal it!
The turnaround was evidence of the wind... no feel of it at all and the climb back up to the crest spun out nicely . I was of course constantly overtaken by later waves but that's my tri life :-) The eventual long descent was nice though... a mate shouted encouragement as we passed and I was able to 50/12 it back to Calne with some free-wheeeling eventually on the steeper bits.


T2 wasn't much quicker than T1 as the change of shoes isn't easy when I can't bend over to the right, but off I eventually went

The run... hmmm. By 500m I knew I had an issue... my groin had already gone and I'd already been forced to walk. By 1Km - which is right by T1 as the course looped around the playing fields and back, I had the option of quitting and the 1st Aid guy who happened to be there asked if I was all right. But - perhaps stupidly - I've never been a quitter and if this was to be my final tri then I may as well finish it. So off I ran/hobbled for the rest of the 5Km... it wasn't much fun I must confess. But 30 years of discomfort and pain at times in the front row has given me a certain inevitability/fatalistic approach to exercise and on I plodded/staggered. The discomfort was quite severe by the turn around area but as ever the other racers were full of encouragement. Triathlon is so supportive. Back on the playing fields I managed a few more jogs - more to just try and get it all finished as quickly as possible than anything else. I got taken by the children's fun run (I came 3rd ;-) but at least beat the Lion costumed geezer :-)

So - a 2 hour sprint, with the "run" taking almost as long as the bike. But I didn't DNF and have plenty to consider. Do I run train even if just maybe 2Km at a time to at least keep some run fitness ? Do I learn to power walk and use that as my "run" - if it doesn't bring on the groin pain I must be able to power walk 5K in quicker than 50 minutes surely? Or do I just bin tri off for ever? I'm not sure I really ready for the final option, though I did suggest to the organiser he organise some aqua-bike races... or maybe even a swim-bike-swim concept :-)

I'll confess I had a tear or two on the run, as the proof was evident that maybe my tri days are over. But I do feel I have an option to at least try out with power walking. So maybe whilst the days are numbered, they may at least be greater than zero....

swim 11:18
T1 1:26
Bike 59:19
T2 1:13
Run 50:07
Overall 2:03:21 43
43rd out of 46 - 3 possible DQs out of that 46 though (the results show full times for them but no overall official time... One of those three did have an overall time if you add up his splits of 2:40 so I wasn't actually "last" maybe ;-)

didds

Subject: RE: RR - oldbury white horse tri, calne (UK)

By: Carol R.

Written on: Monday May 07, 2012

Message: wow! way to persevere! as for the future....take it one day at a time, i'd say. don't get completely set in the 'i'm done' frame of mind. just take it slow and see what comes. you may surprise yourself!

Subject: RE: RR - oldbury white horse tri, calne (UK)

By: James T.

Written on: Monday May 07, 2012

Message: Tough as nails mate. Maybe you should bin the tri career, and sign up as an SBS instructor. Good luck!

Subject: RE: RR - oldbury white horse tri, calne (UK)

By: Suzanne C.

Written on: Tuesday May 08, 2012

Message: Have you seen a doc? Do you know what the "issue" is?

I say be a power walking fool. When using the correct form you can walk pretty darn fast. A good friend of mine recently had to adopt this strategy and she can walk faster than I run!

Have you tried aqua jogging?

Subject: RE: RR - oldbury white horse tri, calne (UK)

By: Clyde W.

Written on: Tuesday May 08, 2012

Message:
Well done on sticking it out! I would say Aqua-bikes are the way to go if you can find any. Or swim, bike, beers.

Subject: RE: RR - oldbury white horse tri, calne (UK)

By: James T.

Written on: Tuesday May 08, 2012

Message: Hey, I just thought. Another thing you could do is form a regular relay team and you could be the swim specialist and maybe the bike.

Subject: RE: RR - oldbury white horse tri, calne (UK)

By: ian d.

Written on: Tuesday May 08, 2012

Message: hi suzanne.. osteo arthritus, both hips. Normal clearance between head of femur and socket = 6mm. Mt right hip has 1 mm, left 2mm. Right hip is gravating outwards, creating lots of iossues for the adductors... hence it manifests itself in groin pain when I run.

Eventually I'll get two new hips - BUT no running when that happens I am told. Not that is now any different anyway!

@james - I did suggest to sunday's organiser he runs a swim-bike-swim "duathlon" !!

didds

Subject: RE: RR - oldbury white horse tri, calne (UK)

By: Teri d.

Written on: Tuesday May 08, 2012

Message: Way to take it on and tough it out, didds! My husband just had a hip resurfacing done on one hip and will have the other one done in the fall. He is also not planning on running but we're researching different shoes that might help to make running possible for him. (and easier on my osteoarthritis-riddled back)

Subject: RE: RR - oldbury white horse tri, calne (UK)

By: Suzanne C.

Written on: Wednesday May 09, 2012

Message: Ok, so either the power walk or like the others said - rock out the relay teams! There are a lot of aqua-bike options here in FL but I'm not sure about the UK.

Or... just enter all the races you want to do and stop after the bike.

Do they have rules against hand cycles for people who aren't disabled? Actually, you might be able to argue the disabled angle... If so, I think I would rock out the hand cycle. You would have arms like the Hulk :)

Subject: RE: RR - oldbury white horse tri, calne (UK)

By: John G.

Written on: Friday May 11, 2012

Message: Great job despite your ailments. It takes a great deal of intestinal fortitude to finish any event when faced with pain. I say don't give up completely. Just try to find a way around it. If you love tri and love fitness, find a way to do something (all of the above suggestions are viable options). Good luck.

Subject: RE: RR - oldbury white horse tri, calne (UK)

By: ian d.

Written on: Friday May 11, 2012

Message: started a "racewalking" training program today!

fingers crossed!


didds

Subject: RE: RR - oldbury white horse tri, calne (UK)

By: James T.

Written on: Saturday May 12, 2012

Message: Now, let's see if you can walk fast while "Chewing a toffee". Get that arse wiggling! (Good luck mate)

Subject: RE: RR - oldbury white horse tri, calne (UK)

By: Clyde W.

Written on: Sunday May 13, 2012

Message:
Didds, you'll be fine mate. If some teenage girls can walk 5km in under 23 minutes, surely with your arse you can break 20...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZK SywmobMQ&feature=related

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