Race Report – Spring Waveney Triathlon 2015


As I’ve mentioned before on my blog, Waveney Triathlon is one of my favourite events of the year. It’s got a nice feel about it and a nice mixture of people taking part and helping out. There’s always some fast guys racing but it’s a perfect event for first timers too. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not an ‘easy’ race with it’s undulating and twisty bike course and hilly little run, but the distances aren’t too bad with a 400m swim, 20km bike and 3.2km run. I think the friendly marshall’s who do a super job also make a massive difference to how the event feels and runs so congratulations once again to them and Jim Keeble organising his 15th and final Waveney Tri on behalf of Tri-Anglia!

At the end I was pretty happy with my efforts – it wasn’t a stellar performance, but certainly quite solid and enough for joint 7th place over-all. I think that’s the highest i’ve finished when ‘racing’ solo, although there were a few fast guys missing this year.

The swim was average time-wise but effort-wise felt quite easy, and as I normally go off way too hard this was probably a good way to start. Out on the bike I felt OK but didn’t really get into it until I got onto the faster straight run back towards the pool – to be fair there’s a lot less to worry about than around the lanes that make up the rest of the bike route! Out on the run I had a touch of cramp but it soon went and I tried to settle into a rhythm. I seemed to be moving well in my new colour co-ordinated shoes from Sportlink which I picked up just a day or two earlier. In fact I think that was a run PB for that particular course (unguided) so I can’t be too unhappy with that!

Afterwards, as always, you tend to reflect on the performance. Thinking back to previous years 2015 compared quite favourably: –

Year Swim Bike Run Time (Inc. transitions)
2012 06:30 33:43 13:59 55:20
2013 06:14 33:08 13:34 54:06
2014 07:17 33:41 14:52 55:51
2015 06:37 33:08 13:14 54:36

Just for comparison purposes my fastest guided time was in with Matt Ellis when we were 4th in 49:53.

A few photo’s of me showing off my hairy chest: –

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Full results can be seen here.

Next up is the Paratri nationals in Llanelli (guided by Jack Peasgood). This is the selection event for the European and World Championships and with only one space available in the British Team it’s crunch time.


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