Anyway, rather than a full race report, here's some good things and some bad things, and then a few pictures.
What was good
- I loved being in an all female wave, which was the second of three all-female waves, which meant that there were no boy racers trying to overtake on their TT bikes.
- This also meant that I was able to hold my own to some extent. I'll be fascinated to see where the splits come out in the overall results, but I was overtaking people for once, and did not get overtaken on any of the lumpy bits. Well, not going up, I did going down....
- When I got off the bike, after pushing it really very hard, I wondered whether I could run at all. I managed to go around at a steady trot, picking people off, and only being overtaken by a few people,
- Apart from the swim, I was quicker in all of the sections than last year, even in T2 where I couldn't find my spot in transition. And I was still over 10 minutes faster than last year, mainly due to the bike, but also due to a good three minutes on the run.
- I've recovered quickly enough to be able to do a 30 mile bike ride today.
What was bad
- My swim was dismal. Over a minute slower than last year. And really can't explain why, unless I possibly didn't sight that well.
- There had been a bit of a cockup with the course, which meant that there was a mandatory 10m dismount
- It was either the above, or the fact that I couldn't find my spot in transition, that cost me the 13 seconds that took me over the 1h40 that I had my sights set on.
- My legs hurt so much after it, excruciating.
- I was tired and grumpy for the rest of the day.