2012 Dublin City Triathlon
August 27th, 2012 by Gavin
“Making the calculation” and “suffering majorly” are my favourite Sean Kelly quotes.
Last week and for the past few weeks I have stayed away from any suffering but I did start to make some calculations nonetheless.
The calculating began when I visited Base2race and Velomotion Cycles on Monday to pick up and get fitted on a new bike – 2012 Specialized Shiv.
So beautiful was she that I couldn’t just leave her in the corner. And so the ‘tinkering began’. On the days that it didn’t rain I would bug the men at Base2race by riding from Castleknock via the Phoenix Park – doing some tinkering and getting my free coffee – and then checking the new position back in the park on my way home. I must have moved my saddle and handlebars up and down about 5 times every ride. I was enjoying my little tinker routine and it was getting me off the couch and expending some energy.
One day I joined BK for a ride into the Wicklow mountains. As we reached the Sally Gap the heavens opened and it began to lash rain . . I stopped to put on a rain jacket and to assure my new steed that she would be ok on the descent . . looking around I couldn’t see young Keane, only to find him curled up under a bush like a baby, sheltering from the hail . . . but that is another story and I am, as usual, off on a rambling tangent. His girl makes great rocky road. Did you know that when your out of a training routine that the first thing that goes is your hydration! Constantly dehydrated. More rambling.
Anyway. I had been doing some riding and I was given a late opportunity to enter the Vodafone Dublin City Triathlon for which I had done some promotional work the week before. More calculations:
1. Where was my wetsuit and would it still fit ?
2. Did I have a trisuit ? …. or Skin suit ! (too much time looking at cycling TT pics)
3. How many times could/would I go swimming so it wasn’t a major shock
4. Would I make it around the run ?
5. What would the weather be like !
4 days later I was lining up on the start line. Confident my wetsuit still fitted and on friday morning having swum 2km straight with my beeper at 1.15 pace confident I had a little bit of swim fitness. Excited to be racing and using my new Specialized. And relieved that the sun was shining.
Triathlon is tough ” it isn’t a game, its a sport. Tough, hard and unpitying, and it requires great sacrifices. One can play football, or tennis, or hockey. One doesn’t play at triathlon” ( a butchered/altered Jean de Gribaldy quote – Sean Kelly’s Manager). And so I woke up this morning with aches, pains and DOMS . . . Love that feeling !
I didn’t have the best preparation obviously but I really enjoyed the event. “I just love racing” I told big Tom. Riding a TT bike is very different to a normal road bike – and then trying to ride it at pace is very different again ! Something that needs more practice – my body may need more flexibility and you would hope for settled position ! Thus my sore forearms, lower back and neck !
It was a close result in the end with Stephen Early and Shane Scully chasing me around all morning. There wasn’t much ‘shaking’ of them so my best effort was to try and stay in control of my efforts. There are a lot of opportunities to see athletes on the Dublin course and it is a tough one – especially the run which is a bit of a cross country slog.
Thanks to Piranha Tri Club, Vodafone and Base2race for helping me out during the week . .