Outlaw Half Triathlon
I was really looking forward to the Outlaw Half Triathlon. It is a very well organised event and also a good opportunity to get a PB with a fast bike and run route with not much elevation.
I had been practicing on my swimming technique over the winter period and I really wanted to see the results of my hard work. I felt great for the whole swim, trying not to push too hard but not get into a comfort zone. I think I surprised myself a little when I swam the 1.9km in 30:30. This smashed my previous time I had set back in September 2015 where I swam over 39 minutes.
After a smooth transition and good mount I knew the bike leg was going to be fun. It's my strongest discipline at the minute and was overtaking everyone. A friend had generously lent me their Zipp disc wheel for me to try out and it was absolutely brilliant. This definitely contributed to my fastest 90km bike split to date. It was only near the end of the bike I started to fatigue a bit and knew I was ready to start the run.
Another smooth transition gave me confidence that I could smash a PB for a middle distance triathlon. I was aiming for sub 4:30 and knew if I could complete a 1:27 half marathon this would be possible. Everything was going to plan as I completed the first 10km in 41 minutes. However, as I reached 15km, I started to slow, I just had no energy left. Looking back, I didn't have enough nutrition on the run which I will definitely learn from. The last few kilometers weren't great at all, I just wanted to finish. Crossing the finish line was a great feeling and even though I was exhausted at the end of it, I loved every minute of the race.