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Race Report: ETU European Champs, Geneva
Mon Jul 13, 2015 4:52 pm iainm
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I went to Geneva with modest goals: execute my race well, swim sub-28min, finish strong and not be the last Brit across the line. I suppose 3 out of 4 ain't bad, but I left feeling fairly deflated at 47th place (of 79 starters) in the 45-49 AG.



Swim - 28:35 (51/79)
The lake was magically 21C on the day (probably because they measured it at 5am), so it was a wetsuit swim. I decided to use my Finis tempo trainer (as discussed here) to try and help me keep focus and set it for 68 strokes a minute, which from memory delivered around 1:45-48 pace in the pool - putting me on target for 27:30. The idea was to stop myself drafting behind anyone who was too slow for me and try and keep the effort level up. The swim felt good, I felt smooth, and apart from the final buoy (passed on the right, not the left, which I didn't realise until too late) my line was pretty good. So disappointing to clock 28:35. My Garmin made it 1662m, so theoretically if I'd swum straight that's a sub 26min time, but I'm not sure how accurate they are in open-water.



Bike - 1:06:36 (46/79)
The bike was flat all the way round the edge of the lake, but with one short (5min) but steep (7%) hill that you had to climb twice. I was pretty cautious on the first descent, but I should have done better. It's hard to know how much the average speed was affected by the hill, but on the flat, I don't seem to be able to crank out the power enough and I wasn't fast enough/honest enough (delete as applicable) to latch on to the small groups of drafters who passed me. Mad



Run - 43:27 (43/79)
I was actually reasonably happy with my run. I started slowly, but once I'd got some water inside me I felt much better (it was hot - even at 9am) and ran a negative split, gaining 4 places from T2 to the finish.



Overall - 2:22:39 (47/79)
On the one hand this was a good quality field. And it's my last year in this AG. Plus it was pretty damn hot. Excuses aside though, I wonder if it's really worth bothering with trying to be competitive at this distance when I'm giving away 2-3 minutes on the swim. My previous GB races have been at Sprint distance and I managed top 30 finishes. The question has been often asked on Tritalk - what is the point of team GB age group racing? I have to ask myself - why do I actually do triathlon? What am I trying to achieve? I can enter smaller local races and finish in the top 10 and maybe win an AG prize. I guess events like this are more certainly 'bigger' and it certainly wasn't easy to qualify, but I need to rethink next season. I didn't enjoy this race enough, so maybe it's time to switch my attention back to ultra running for 2016, which I enjoy more (and involve no swimming!).

BTW I can 100% recommend Bike Box Alan for air travel - so sturdy and pretty easy to move around


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I'm a 50 year old triathlete and runner, competing since 1992. I have competed in 119 triathlons and 20 marathons (including 6 ultras). I am supported by Profeet - sports footwear and orthotics specialists.
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- GFA time at VLM
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