Weymouth 70.3 was a bonus race for me and one that i wanted to race as it was my local race living 30mins away. I qualified for the World Championships there last year and i was hoping to do that again this year although i was not sure exactly how it would go being a week after the World Championships this year!
Chattanooga World Champs was complete and I flew back on the Tuesday with Weymouth 70.3 being on Sunday! The flight overnight took a lot from me and that week i was trying to get over the jet lag and try and recover from the race. Many thought i was mad to do back to back races but i wanted to get world qualification out of the way.
I wasn’t the only one racing Weymouth having just raced at Chattanooga. On the flight i met Mark Billyard and Marton Cseik who were also chasing early qualification for next years World Champs.
The plan: SWIM
I have to say that i didn’t have much of a plan. Try and start early and swim as good as you could and try and get out early and avoid the traffic on the bike.
The Plan: BIKE
Same as the swim, no particular expectations due to racing the week before. I was not sure what i would get out of my legs and how they would respond, so it was a suck and see exercise.
The Plan: RUN
No change here either, see whats left and enjoy it if there isn’t anything in the tank!
The Reality: SWIM
I actually found the swim quiet choppy and not much fun. The sun was rising as you swam out so visibility was poor and i was missing the 24 degrees water temperature 🙂 The swim back after the turn was a little weird as i turned right and headed for the finish area but the swimmers in front of me all went another direction. I swam for a little while panicking that i was going in the wrong direction thinking that maybe i was missing a buoy or something but i think that the lead person in that group just went off course and everyone followed him :-). Anyway towards the swim finish i could see them start to come back towards me and head for the exit.
31.42 is my worst swim of the season but ill take that a week after a race.
The Reality: Bike
I was really hoping to do some good on the bike. 1000m of climb in Chattanooga and a 2:31 ride i was confident that i could do similar here but i guess last week was taking its toll on me and as soon as i got on the bike i knew there was nothing in the tank. I got passed within the first few miles which told me that it wasn’t going to be magic on the bike today. In all fairness i managed to get into my stride after about 30 mins and i just settle in and rode steadily. I was off power by about 20-30W and could see that last weeks race was still in me. My Normalised Power for the race was 257W which was was the lowest of the year and i could feel it. One consolation was that i had improved from last years bike split so that was pleasing. I was hoping for about a 2:30 bike split but ended up with a 2:41, way off where i wanted to be.
The Reality: RUN
I started the run in the same way as usual and kept it steady all the way. I actually didn’t feel to bad in comparison to the swim and bike and felt that i was running my normal race. The run course had changed a little this year and the support was so much better than last year. My family and friends were all there supporting me which helped enormously!
The split times i was getting was the i was in about 10 to 12 position so i knew that i needed to try and push on a little. The last lap i pushed as hard as i could and dropped a few runners that were sitting on my tail. What was nice was to pick the pace up a little om the last lap, something that i haven’t been able to do in previous races.
I crossed the line in 4:54 and 12th in my age group. With 10 places in the World Champs in my AG i was hopeful that my performance would get me a slot.. Which it did!
Im not sure that i would try and run back to back races again but the aim of racing Weymouth was to qualify for the world championships for 2018 wich i did so the performance for me was not important as it was the qualification i wanted!