Miscellaneous TRI Race Reports

Teesdale Triathlon

It was a chilly 7degrees when I signed on this morning at 8AM still not sure if I was going to take part it the race or not – my ham string problem was still niggling and my cold still had not fully cleared up, but I had plenty of time to decide as I was No 101 therefore the 101st to start.

I watched the race start at 9:01AM with a college I had been coaching towards the first TRI entering the pool at 9:21, I watched his swim and cheered him through transition, by now I was caught up in the atmosphere and had decided to go for it.

I entered the pool for the 500m swim at 10:41 and decided to take it steady as not to aggravate my hamstring; it felt like I had just entered the pool when my 20 lengths were over in 9:25 (a time I was very pleased at, as I’d thought I was going much slower)

Out of the pool and into T1 transition – on with my running vest socks cycling shoes, helmet and sunglasses, along with a pair of cycling sleeves as it was still a bit chilly. I made my way easily through transition before carefully mounting my bike (I’d seen 5 people fall off when trying to get underway earlier when I was watching) and I was out of T1 in a slow 2:23


  • Out on the very hilly 18mile bike course – and this is where my injury was felt the most – I had to do each steep climb in a much easier gear than I would normally of. But things were still holding together and after the first 5 mile I consumed a SIS GO energy gel. (It had been a while since I’d had breakfast) 14 miles of climbing later and I hit the fast decent back towards the sports centre – it was a case of bang it in the biggest gear, peddle like hell and kiss your @rse goodbye in an attempt to claw back some of the time I’d lost on the climbs. I made it into T2 in 60:59, about 4mins behind target but not too bad.

    T2 was a simple affair of rack bike, dump helmet and sleeves, swap shoes and grab a fresh drink and gel then straight out onto the run in 1:13

    The run was a hilly 8k, so for me enjoyable (I like running hills – I’m not fast – I just enjoy them) I quickly consumed my second energy gel and worked on settling into my stride but at just over 1-mile it hit me – I had forgot to apply Vaseline to my inner thighs and when your are a big bloke running in a pair of Speedo’s, believe you me, your thighs rub :oO By half way round they were very sore and by the time I entered the sports centre complex there was blood trickling down my inner thighs (I’m currently walking like John Wayne) But I managed the run in 40:30 so very pleased with that and it was all over in a grand total of 1hr and 54mins :o)

    SWIM (500m) - 9:25
    T1 - 2:23
    BIKE (18miles) – 60:59
    T2 – 1:13
    RUN (8k) - 40:30

    TOTAL - 1hr 54mins

    Knocking almost 9mins off last years time – not the 15mins I had planed – but good enough
  • Respect WW
  • Hey well done WildWill. 9 minutes is plenty good especially seing as you're carrying an injury. How's the hammy now?
  • sore but more of a dull ache than a sharp pain
  • Great stuff Will!
  • Well done WW, very good race!

    I can sympathise with you on the thighs as I have the same problem after doing the Beast 13 mile multi terrain today. The stinging is awful!
  • :o)

  • Congrats WW, you did brilliantly, I really feel inspired to try triathlons partly through reading about your training. You've obviously got stacks of improvement to come without injury etc. Sorry about the thigh chafing! Sounds painful.
  • Well done Will. Sounds good mate ... except the chafing (and the speedos for that matter).
  • Way to go Will - and with being injured as well !

    Nasty on the thigh thing. Trying not to think how painful that must be ! Ouch !!
  • Well done Will! Chafing thighs - ow!!! (And don't listen to Richard, nothing wrong with a fella in Speedos, nothing at all. As Moosey and I are fond of saying..."Follow those buttocks!")
  • Ewwww ! Men in Speedos ! I passed someone on a Corima on the Alpe this year in full tri kit they were, and I couldn't work out if it was a boy or a girl even.

    Until i realised his speedos weren't covering everything they should !!

    I'm sure you look great in Speedos WW, but please give me a list of when you'll be wearing them so I can avoid the area. Ta !

  • nowt wrong with men in speedos.
  • Depends on your viewpoint. And if that viewpoint sees dangly bits, then I'm dead against them !
  • Moosey - was it "follow those buttocks" or "Follow those cheeks"..?!
  • cougie - woul he not have been in anger of - something pretty painful??

    Sunburn, at least!
  • i couldn't possibly know what you mean dr nic, i'd just focus on the road ahead.
  • Oh come on, you remember that discussion, don't leave me here alone on this one....
  • Well done Will. I bet you are feeling on top of the world....
  • or at the bottom of a tub of Sudacrem!
  • Amazing WW :o)
  • Good one WW. I just don't have the sun tan to wear speedos in public. (My tan ends at just above the knee, where my cycling/tri shorts start.

  • boing coz I'm sad and want to hear people's tales from this weekend.
  • Why so sad JJ? It's a beautiful day, we need to enjoy these, because nobody is promised a tomorrow.

    No racing, but I just came in from a 25km run (15 miles) in the forest with OZ, bright autumn sunshine and a light breeze, just lovely to run. Didn't mean to run quite so far but I enjoyed it so much,when we got to the turnaround I decided to take a different slightly longer path home, glad I did.
  • Sorry IW - had some bad news just now about a tri friend who won't be racing for quite some time. :o(

    But he's positive, so must I be for him. :o)
  • Bad luck Julie for your friend, hope he won't be out too long. Keep your chin up, your friend will need your support.

    I know where you're coming from, my sister-in-law has had to give up her dream of racing her first marathon in Berlin, the final diagnosis isn't in yet but she's not only under doctor's orders not to run, she is physically unable to. The tests show she hsa no reserves at all, the doc compared her to a car that doesn't have any petrol, oil, or water.
  • DazDaz ✭✭✭
    jj, what happened to your friend?
    Endurance Coach @ DazCarterFitness.com
    Elite Ironman, Ultra Trail Runner
  • OK Jj - here's my race report ...
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