BRAT Triathlon, 2016

 

Race Report

My favorite race, the BRAT triathlon. This is the third time I have competed in this race and as always, it was a very well organised race.

Its a local race, so I got to sleep in my own bed the night before and everything was nice a relaxed, up early for a quick breakfast then on the road.

I arrived with plenty of time for registration and once I racked my bike I even managed to get in a warm up run.

It was windy, windier than I expected and I was in two minds whether or not to swap my deep 808 front wheel for the shallower 404. I ended up swapping the front wheel over while my bike was racked in transition.

 

The Swim - 00:26:47

I thought I would try to push a little harder in this swim and not hold back at the start, so I lined myself up near the front. Never try anything new on race day, erm, yes, I used a new pair of goggles straight out of the box and they were actually very good, they still fogged slightly, but not as bad as my zoggs.

There was a strong easterly wind in the morning and on the return leg of the swim, the pack was drifting to the side, quite a few times I had to change direction, it was really difficult to swim straight.

30th out of the water, not too bad a swim.

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T1 - 00:01:42

T1 was nice and straight forward, I had lubed my calves so my wetsuit was a little easier to get off this time.

The Bike - 01:04:09

Again for this race, I used my old knacked shoes, clipped to the bike and ready to go. I jumped on after the mount line and got my feet strapped in reasonably quickly. The wind had died down a bit and I might have gotten away with the 808 up front, oh well, time to push and see how quickly I can get round.

Most of the time I was back and forth with another racer, he would occasionally pass me, then I would pass him back, we were well matched. On lap two, we both got stuck behind a horse box, he managed to get round, but it was too dangerous for me to pass. By the time I got passed, he had disappeared down the road. Only one thing to do, try and catch him. Unfortunately, I quite catch up.

22nd off the bike so I made 8 places, nice.

T2 - 00:00:59

No issues, in and out in less than a minute

 

The Run - 00:40:25

The run is 4 laps with a killer steep hill half way round, just before the hill, I pass the guy who I was racing with on the bike :D so I had taken my position back.

I pushed on and gave it everything I could.

26th off the run, not too bad.

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The Result - 02:14:04

19 over all and 6th in my age group, beating my time last year by almost a minute, but 4 minutes slower than my PB at this race. Most of that loss was from the swim, maybe it was the wind, maybe I just wasn’t fast enough.

Something to work on for next year.

Bizarrely, I bruised one of my toes, I have no idea how it happened.

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Nutrition -

Pre-race nutrition

  • Nuts and seed mix,
  • Greek yogurt,
  • Coffee, hornet juice
  • Primal Pantry Coconut & Macadamia bar 30mins before start

Bike

  • SIS Go lemon in 500ml between the bars.
  • Hornet juice on the back, but not used

Run

  • Torq gel lap 2

Post-race

  • SIS whey20.
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Kit -

  • Huub trisuit
  • 2XU Z:1 wetsuit
  • Aqua Sphere Kayenne Polarized goggles
  • Brez nasal dialator
  • Cervelo P3, Zipp firecrest 404 front, 808 rear
  • Front mounted, 500ml TriNerd bodge bottle
  • Rear Mounted, 500ml camelbak podium
  • Rudy Project Wing57 aero helmet
  • Specialized TriVent SC
  • Garmin 520
  • Newton TriRacer
  • Garmin VivoActive
  • Blue Seventy race belt (worn under wetsuit)
Seems I managed to burn myself Must put sunblock on next time

Seems I managed to burn myself

Must put sunblock on next time

Notes -

The Brez nasal dilator was excellent, I really think it helped me breathe

 
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