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Bintan Island Indonesia, Olympic Tri

Bintan Island Indonesia, Olympic Tri

Saturday 21st May, Bintan Island Indonesia (Olympic Distance Triathlon)

Having hung around in the heat, 38c and the humidity 93%, for nearly four hours, I was almost looking forward to the start at 14.00hrs. This was going to be my first triathlon abroad and my first sea swim tri. So you can imagine I was feeling a little nervous.

About an hour before the start I had to sit in a chair on the beach and get my arms stamped with the race number, that made me look quite professional! Lining up on the sands waiting for the start was amazing, just being there with all the different nationalities. Then we were off racing across the sand to enter the water, very different to a lake start!!

The water temperature was 29c and very salty!! Running through the water eventually it came up to my neck, I then realised that this was the swim leg not the run leg!! Once I got into my rhythm I was fine, I was even out swimming the jelly fish and the sharks!! The swim course was two laps, so we had to run out of the water around a marker on the beach and back into the water. No problems on the second lap except that as I got nearer to the beach I went to stand up and the water only just reached my knees!!! Didn't want to be accused of the not swimming the full distance!!!!

I was in and out of T1 in 1min 22sec and out on the one lap bike course which was very undulating on wide smooth roads. I was flying on the bike and managed to overtake loads of people, making up for the time lost on the swim!! No problems on the bike and I made sure I was drinking plenty as the temperature was rising.

In and out of T2 in 1 min 3 sec and on to the two laps run course which was on and off road and very undulating. I was feeling good coming off the bike and soon got into my stride. Although it was extremely hot luckily there were drink stations every 2K which had isotonic drink, water and cold sponges!!! With lap one out the way I managed to pick the pace up a bit overtaking a number of other runners and before I knew it I was sprinting down the finish chute!!!

What a fantastic experience and a great setting matched only by my lovely daughter and her husband cheering me on!!

My results:

  • SWIM 1500m               47min 59sec
  • T1                              1min 22 sec
  • BIKE   40k                   1 hr 15min 33sec
  • T2                              1min 3sec
  • RUN    10k                   57min 51sec
  • OVERALL TIME              3hrs 3min 48sec
  • OVERALL POSITION       239
  • AGE GROUP POSITION   2nd

 Author: Del Hastings

Swashbuckler Half IM

Swashbuckler Half IM

Its 03:00 pitch black and raining and I am trying to eat porridge... Have I gone mad or am I in a nightmare? No Claire talked me into doing Swashbuckler half IM with a start time 05:15 in all my years I have never checked the start time of a race when booking. That has changed now.


 

04:00 racking bikes.

Its pitch black and still raining, there's no flood lights and we don't have a torch so we leave the bikes in transition and go back to the car for a power nap. 04:30 Dawn back to transition (still raining) and set up, things are better now.


 

05;15 (apparently it has to be this early to get the slack water)

A deep water start with a very nice wide start and the water is lovely. Unfortunately no slack water but the current is not too strong. Two loops up and down stream, people were moaning after about the strength of the current but I did not notice it , I was about a minute slower than expected but I did find some feet to draft off so that helped, apparently the current got stronger the more time that went on. Feel sorry for the Ladies then as they started 5-10 mins behind the men.

 

Out of the water in a little over 30mins and a 400m uphill slog to T2. Biked out all going well. The bike route is great, although there was a mighty head wind, flat and fast with the obstacles of deer, cows and horses to keep you alert. Uneventful ride except being distracted by the foals playing and having to slalom my way through a herd of cows which was fun.


 

2hrs 28mins as the bike was only 50 miles but that's my day done this was only ever going to be a aquabike for me. There is a great sense of relief when you know you don't have to go out on the run.


 

I change and realise it's only 08:30 and on to join Kay and Tim in supporting Claire and a friend of mine from the midlands who I talked into doing this race.

Overall I really liked this race stunning surroundings and what can be a quick course so don't let the start time put you off.

 


Claire's thoughts:

I thought that on reflection ....as it didn't continue to rain and that there were some bright skies later on that its good to still be friends.... which is asking a lot when it was a 3 'clock start to the day, a power nap of ten minutes in the car after a quick drop off of bike in the wet dark un lit transition. The race itself went well'ish I made lots of silly mistakes that included getting lost as we racked up in the dark and then i ran the wrong way out of T2 and had to run down the hill and back up. I did a pb of 37 minutes - but it was a battle of being very tired after the sprint the week before and an Olympic with two week training camp at club la Santa... anyway its all done and dusted and now i only have to panic about the IM in 6 weeks.

 


Photos are in the photo section

BAR Race 3 East Grinstead Sprint Tri

BAR  Race 3 EG Tri Sunday May 15th 2011

An incredible 45 MSTC athletes took part in the East Grinstead sprint Triathlon on Sunday. Over 370 took part in the race and we finished with 12 athletes in the top 50. That is an almost unbelievable achievement.

It was great to welcome back David Ricketts, James Duddy and Callum into the world of racing after lengthy times out of competition. Each had doubts about their fitness but acquitted themselves very well, and we hope to see them racing regularly now.

We did have the usual 'sicknote' brigade claiming all sorts of injuries before they started, from David's popping calf, to Loz and his neck.

It was certainly interesting having an MSTC specific start. I don't think there were any particular issues with the swim although there may have been the odd length counting mistake which helped one or two! Loz did struggle a bit with his neck problem but gamely persevered.

The main problems were encountered on the bike leg. Ant Grey was bemoaning a rear mech problem which limited gear selection, but he was still pretty quick. He also misunderstood how you qualify for an ARSE award, and was seen groping Ian O's backside as he rode past!
Angela Murray had to stop when her chain came off but she stopped, fixed it and had barely any oil on her hands, with a slick(!) recovery. David Ricketts tried to ride into the back of Rachel in the Forest Row snarl ups, although Rachel's modified 'Ann Summers' trisuit may have been a contributory factor that distracted him! Further on Rachel got into quite a battle with Steve Mac as he desperately tried to avoid being chicked. In the end he resorted to the underhand tactic of a dodgy roundabout manoeuvre, to get into T2 ahead (although Rachel's bike split was still faster).

The main problem on the bike leg was the traffic. Loz thought he could get an edge on everyone by starting early, but found that this coincided with tractor traffic. Was this the same tractor that caused mayhem for the later starters, I wonder? He also had a chain issue, so had to go and overtake the same people all over again. Several riders got caught in the bottleneck that is Forest Row, many were held up by the ambulance following the earlier incident (rumour has it that a pedestrian stepped out in front of a cyclist), many were blocked at the chicane at the entrance to Hartfield. Some were held up by all of the above and Sunday drivers and red lights. Steve Mac got the better of the tractor by leaping onto the pavement and undertaking successfully, but had plenty of hold ups to make up for it. It is fair to say that this time it was quite a frustrating bike leg, although Rupert seemed to enjoy it, with the general lumpiness suiting his strength on the bike. Sharon enjoyed a moment of glory when she left Steve Birchall in her wake, then realised he was just messing about with his shoes, and he came storming past again.
Everyone felt sorry for poor Fiona in her first Tri, when she punctured early on the bike and was brought back by the sweep van.

The new run course was about 2 minutes longer than last year, but is still quite a quick route. A few of the faster athletes got caught out by the cunningly hidden low wall behind a tree on the dogleg, and Kev had to take split second evasive action. The most fun was had around transition when everyone came in at the end of Lap 1. There were different arrows for everything and it is amazing that only 2 managed to go wrong. David tried to finish a lap early and actually crossed the finish line before turning round and heading off again, looking a bit disorientated, although whenever David is near a transition he does look a bit like this, and Trevor tried to make up for it by attempting to start a 3rd lap before realising his error and trying to cross the barricades.


I have not reported on individual times as there is just too much information, but I will comment on Dave Jones' awesome run split of 17m33s only bettered by the first 3 in the race, which allowed him to take the MSTC crown,and James Dear's bike split which was 5th fastest overall.  Also well done to Pete Harris with his 2nd place in the V50 men. The ladies race was comfortably won by Rachel from Sam. I think the general consensus was in spite of the traffic problems it was a great day for the club. Jean summed it up by saying it was an event she enjoyed all the way round, and several people commented on how good the marshals were especially on the run route. Clare even jetted in from warmer climes just to make sure she didn't miss out.

And finally, in the race of the day, with Ian 'bigging up' his athletic ability over Steve Mac, all eyes were on them. It was certainly a very close race with Steve only just narrowly winning by 10 minutes.

**Update:

Report from EG's safety officer:


The incident took place in Forest Row on the Hartfield Road just after the double roundabout as the road passes a parade of shops on each side of the street. A member of the general public stepped off the pavement to walk across the road and into the path of one of our competitors. Unfortunately, she is an elderly lady and was considerably shaken having come into contact with the competitor and falling to the ground. The competitor received cuts and grazes and no doubt bruises. The emergency services were called to the scene and the lady was taken to hospital, the competitor and his bicycle were recovered to East Grinstead Leisure Centre by members of EG Tri club.

We will be following up the incident with the police to find out how the lady who was taken to hospital is getting on. The competitor returned home unaided.

 


Men Winner 1.05.45

Dave Jones              1.11.23   8.58%  10pts
James Dear              1.12.34  10.36    9
Phil Couch                1.14.00  12.55    8
Loz Wintergold          1.14.42  13.46    7
Rob Hoodless           1.16.52  16.50    6
Dave Lashbrook        1.17.14  17.46    5
Pete Harris               1.18.11  18.90    4
Rupert Robinson       1.19.34  21.00    3
Colin Chambers        1.19.36  21.06    2
Ant Grey                  1.19.41  21.19    1
Steve Alden             1.19.57  21.59
Kevin James            1.20.14  22.02
Steve Birchall           1.23.01  26.25
Steve MacMenamin   1.24.29  28.49
Martin Sanwell          1.25.59  30.77
Mat Record              1.26.18  31.25
Andy Heath              1.27.44  33.43
Trevor Moore            1.28.12  34.14
Andy Miles               1.28.49  35.07
Callum Murray          1.30.00  36.88
Justin Hampshire      1.30.39  37.87
James Duddy           1.32.38  40.88
Paul Wills                1.32.44  41.03
Gary Bates              1.33.20  41.90
Graeme Fitzjohn       1.35.06  44.64
Richard Bool            1.35.13  44.81
Ian Ogborn              1.35.14  44.83
David Ricketts          1.37.30  48.29
Alan Thomas            1.38.06  49.20

29 started

 

Women Winner 1.16.28

Rachel Baker            1.22.32   7.94%   10pts
Samantha Anderson  1.27.25  14.32      9
Margaret Hollamby    1.31.31  19.68      8
Sharon Chladek        1.33.25  22.17      7
Jess McMorris           1.41.20  32.49      6
Pippa Crouch           1.41.27  32.68      5
Jean Fish                1.43.45  35.69     4
Clare Cresswell        1.44.29  36.65      3
Rose Ryan              1.47.44  40.90      2
Kay MacMenamin     1.48.28  41.85      1
Jules Stuart-Colwill   1.49.35  43.32 
Julie Williams          1.50.29  44.51
Sarah Hinton           1.50.44  44.82
Clare Parkinson       1.52.47  47.50
Angela Murray         1.59.07  55.78
Fiona Bussell             DNF

16 started

 

 

Author: Steve Alden

The Marshman middle distance tri race report

Realizing I'll need to get up at 3.00am to get to Lydd for the 5.00am registration was a schock.

Getting there at 5.30am would have been enough. Started at 7.00am in the first swim wave.

 

Only 200 competitors overall in 3 waves. Thought I started at the very back, still got swum over twice. Not nice.

 

When I registered for this one last year had to give my 1000m pool time,

I was a better swimmer then but just started out with cycling. They put me into the first wave.

 

I got slower in the pool since then, because I cycle instead.

Everybody dashed off from the start as expected, there were some under 30 minutes times.

 

Couldn't stay on good feet, just swum on my own. Hence the slow time, 36.15. It was still a comfortable, pleasant swim.

 

I need some work on transitions, for sure. This was my first tri,  6.15 and 6.52 still seems very slow.

I felt soooo organised. The only glitch was I forgot to remove the rain coat from my cycling top,

run back when realized it was bouncing too much. 

There really wasn't too much distance to cover, it was all me.

Heavy rain was the forecast but it was dry and ideal conditions if a bit windy. I guess it's the location.

 

Bike was uneventful and pancake flat. There were only signs if the route went off the main road, I felt bad because of it several times but didn't go astray.

 

3.32 is actually a good time for me, I'm so weak on the bike. Can't even put my bottle back without stopping and putting the feet actually down though I'm practicing this a lot. Fast course, ideal for tri bars, which I've got but can't use, it feels so unsafe for me. It still holds one of my bottle, very useful, see above.

 

The run was on a nice course, very bad signage here. I think it was a problem even last year, I can't understand how could they not fix this. The event is in it's third year, btw. Actually run through two marshalls busy talking, then realized a minute later I've gone astray, turned back, asked them which way, also why didn't they told me earlier.

 

They told me they haven't thought I was in the race. Huhhh.

2.29 was what I expected. 6.50.44 overall, not dead last but very close.

 

I've only had two short runs in the last month, and around 20 runs overall in this year. This included a half, a 20miler and a full, the rest were short runs/bricks. You can't run much better than you've trained for.

 

Last year I've run much more, this year I've injured my knee several times from cycling with too low cadence. I've sorted this out a little bit late (last month) for my IM in July, let's hope not too late...

 

Had a good stretch and a dip afterwards in the lake (icebath), I believe this is why I feel so well today. Muscle soreness only in biceps, well, I think I must be a bit outstretched on my 56" bike.

 

Tried out planned  IM nutrition, ate solids and generally more on the bike than would have been needed for the half. Seemed OK.

 

All in all a reasonable event , very fast course with some bad signage.

Lack of hills is good if you're after a PB, not so if you're in training for a hilly IM. 

We hadn't got a number to call in case of mechanical problems.

There were marshalls on mopeds and  marshalls at roundabouts.

Registration, transition, start and finish went smoothly.

 

Kate Walch