Feeling a tiny bit delicate after Mr TOTKat's birthday celebrations last night. A couple more beers than I'm used to so rubbish quality sleep and quite tired today. Gentle day today, day off work and I should be right as rain tomorrow.
Yesterday. The race!
5am start was a bit harder than last time. No idea why but it just felt ickier. Thus followed a catalogue of small errors that could have made lots of dents in my race performance...
First off, last time I had fruity malt loaf with peanut butter for breakfast which worked really well; this time I had yogurt with fruit compote, muesli and chopped banana. I had real trouble eating it and it didn't feel nice in my stomach at all. Error number two was, er, number twos related. I suddenly needed to go with less than 10 minutes to go before the start of the race and we were in the first wave of swimmers so I didn't have long. Queue of 7 people for 2 loos! Argh! Got all flustered trying to get my tri-suit back on again so it took ages (the zip is up the back and goes through the "ladies support" section elastication so it's really hard to do up) and I ended up trotting back to where Mr TOTKat was waiting for the start of the race with only about 30s to spare before ditching our warm clothes for the swim.
The swim felt vile again; I think I just don't fare well swimming from cold and first thing in the morning. I got overtaken once which was really downheartening especially given that I had to wait at the side of the pool for a good 20s for the overtaker to actually do the overtake and then she didn't whizz off ahead of me, so I just ended up with a bit of a draft for the last 4 lengths.
The rest of the cycle was pretty sore-butt-making as the roads aren't in great condition and this new bike is a lot stiffer and less forgiving. And the last 6km it got quite windy, which dropped my average speed from 28km/h down to 23km/h. So, overall a very disappointing cycle. But the run...
Official results: 01:28:32 beating my last race time by exactly 6 minutes and 30 seconds! I did improve on the swim+transition by 1 minute and 13 seconds, despite the faffery with the backwards top and re-pinning my number. I improved on the bike time by less than I'd hoped (2 minutes 26 seconds) but the really pleasing part was the run+transition improvement of 2 minutes 51 seconds! Very very pleased with that improvement indeed; a whole 9% :oD Overall 7% improvement in the race time and exactly 1000kcals burned.