Well I’m pretty damned chuffed with this! Today’s goal was simply to be slightly better at transitions with a handler. Having not really had a clue what I was wanting to do last time around, it taught me a few lessons that I used to make today’s transitions a bit better. I was definitely more organised with my layout and despite having a different handler, we were much more slick through transition than last time too.
(1km) The walking felt tons better – I still had crutches for the fatigue in the last few 100m of the 1km walk, but needed them much less than last time.
1 min 35 seconds faster this time
(10km) I had a mare of a job figuring out what works best for the bike, and finally worked out late last night that actually the mountain bike foot connection wasn’t working at all. So a last minute change to the bike involved putting a road bike pedal on one side and leaving the mountain bike pedal on the other! aaand.. to top it off.. the hydraulics on the dropper post stopped working so, thankfully my handler was a mountain biker and knew how to help me do a track start which worked nicely. This time instead of trying to chase anyone I just did my own thing, working at an effort level that I thought I could sustain.
53 seconds faster than last time.
(1km) Walk #2 almost killed me last time and I was heavily relying on the crutches. My friend came to walk with me this time and we chatted the whole way, I wasn’t using the crutches that much and felt tons better at the end.
50 seconds faster than last time
Overall – Transitions in total were 24 seconds faster and at today’s event overall I was 3 mins 42 seconds faster than event #1. Can’t complain about that really!
Thanks Southland Triathlon and Multisport Club once again for a fab event! And thanks Ross Henry for being today’s handler