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12 August 2012 : Grafman middle distance‏

posted 12 Aug 2012, 12:17 by Allen Smalls
Great setting at Grafham Water.
Melissa Dowell competer in the Grafham water middle distance triathlon.
Swim 31:05
T1 1:19
Bike 2:37:50
T2 1:11
Run 1:50:42
Total 5:02:09 1st female by 19 mins , 18th overall.

'Swam hard but 'honest' as couldn't get to swim leader , despite him swimming wide round the course. Water got quite choppy on the second lap, so pleased to exit in second place.'

'Bike was a fast , flattish course but windy and technical with two dead turns each lap. As per race plan biked as hard as I could. Played cat and mouse with a few male athletes who were sharing the same course doing an Olympic distance. '

'Plan for the run was to run easy at IM pace or less. Having picked up a calf niggle recently I definitely ran easy and was careful on the many hills ( course was described as undulating...it certainly was).
It was a very nice run course, following the cycle path around Grafham Water. The two dead turns helped me keep an eye on the opposition and so I was able to keep the run pace in check and take an easy win. '