I also started taking these transition photos for Instagram (above). Kind of gets me in the mood to race. I think I’ll continue in 2019. So this is what I did:
12th May. Oberschleißheim (1500m/40km/10km). Site of the 1972 Olympic rowing events. Imagine Dorney but more boring. Clean water and a fun, low-key event. Swam near the front, first off the bike and jogged the run. 7th Overall. 1st in 45-49.
20th May. Bischwiller (750m/18km/5km). We went back to Strasbourg for an old-local event as they also have an excellent children’s race. Some history here. This was the first race I won in France. Back in 1996. Nostalgia post to come.
50m outdoor pool swim. 20th into T1. Biked hard and picked off lots of junior. Ran pretty well but got overtaken by ex-clubmates, Jean-Marc and Jean-Phi. 11th Overall. 2nd in 45-49.
10th June. Bad Tölz (1500m/40km/10km). Stefan, the club swim coach, told me on Thursday that the race was hilly. As I run a one-by I fitted a 46T, did a high-cadence session on Saturday and looked forward to a few surprise hills.
The lake is amazingly clear and warm. It ended up becoming one of our favourite canoeing venues. Again, I swam near the front and held top 5 on the first lap of what was just a rolling, 2 lap, course with one bigger, but not too steep, climb.
Starting the 2nd lap I had a big rear-wheel blow out. Not sure why. Was running normal pressures. I fixed it casually, finished the loop and jogged the trail run. Excellent race though. Recommended. 37th Overall. 5th 45-49.
17th June. Erding (1500m/40km/10km). Started in the Regional-Bundesliga wave. Clung onto the second group. Out 20th. Flat and traffic-free bike course. Rode up to 10th. Went backwards on the run. Super-atmosphere in town. 35th overall. 2nd 45-49.
1st July. Tegernsee (1500m/40km/10km). Cycled out to register the day before to start my Outlaw training. Cold water. Too cold for sleeveless IMHO. But that’s all I had. Swam in front group. Rolling 2 lap bike course. Off in 5th. Super-hilly run. Best post-race buffet. 14th overall. 1st in 45-49.
15th July. Karlsfeld (1500m/46km/10km). A big, well-organised event in a suberb of Munich. Sun was low over the lake and I couldn’t see much. Let another guy lead. Easy swim on his feet. Floored it on the bike. Solid run as I knew I was well up. Probably my best race of the year. 6th overall. 1st 45-49.
21st July. Berkshire Tri Squad Club Champs(400m/20km/5km). BTS was my first club. I was a member from ‘89 to ‘95. I then re-joined a few years ago to keep in touch with my old-local scene. I knew this would be a real burn-up as there are a handful of members that are about the same speed as me.
Went vollgas from the gun and used the short swim to my advantage rather than worrying about the unbalanced distances. On the bike, Ed and Chris were taking 7 seconds per lap and I could see them across the lake.
Three of us into T2 together. I don’t run much but can still run hard for 20 minutes if I’m pushed. Chris dropped back and I held Ed until the last KM. Great racing guys. BTS report here.
3rd overall. 2nd BTS. 1st 45-49.
29th July. The Outlaw (3800m/180km/42.2km). Terrible weather but overall the race that I’d planned and hoped for. A kind of fun day in retrospect. Blog post to come.
2nd September. Wagingersee (750m/20km/5km). Not a #guntotape effort. Was on holiday for 3 weeks after Outlaw and then got a cold. Went because I’d heard it was a cool race. It was. Will definitely go back. Maybe ride there and camp.
Conclusion: Best results and most fun season in a long time. Reminds me of the sofa-bed-in-a-transit days and the journeyman-pro-in-France years. This season? A later start to training. Next week. Not sure why. Maybe fewer races. Might slow down a bit. But hopefully the same motivation and enjoyment.