Yesterday I won my first race of the season, the long Glentress Duathlon, an off-road duathlon, 13km bike and 10km run. To say the least it was not as smooth a race as I had planned or hoped for! Standing on the start line I felt fine and ready to go. Not long into the ride it just became more of a battle between me, my legs and the trail. Gears that the weight of my legs would usually just turn over just felt like hell. I was feeling somewhat like Jens Voigt wanting to shout “Shut up legs!” I just couldn’t find the flow I would usually have, found myself getting thrown about instead of soaking up the bumps. Needless to say I have it my all but just found myself feeling flat and not really going anywhere but it’s a strange feeling cause I was still loving every minute, a really good place to find yourself! About 2km from the end this happened...
|Not a Bike problem... Rider Fail!|
A moment of panic... soon settled and just though it’s not over till the finish line... Not like I snapped my chain or had a catastrophic mechanical, my bike was still ride able! Just had a wee laugh to myself and thought to myself “you’re really making this difficult for yourself”.
|Me leaving Transition Making Up Time on the Run|
Smooth through transition, probably a couple minutes down on the leader though. I know I’m in great running form and really very quickly I made up the gap. Had a cheeky wee tumble overtaking the race leader Martin Graham at the time, little embarrassing but taking risks is part of who I am sometimes they pay off and sometime not... Haha! Apart from that fairly similar feeling on the run to the bike, going fast but just not having quite my usual spring.
Finally here is a picture of my new bike! A massive THANKS goes to Ronde Bicycle Outfitters in Edinburgh for sorting me out with my Niner Air 9! Awesome guys in the shop and their coffee is worth a trip alone for sure. Bike rides amazing, now the dude sitting on it needs to learn how to use it properly... and not crash into trees! (Doesn’t usually happen... honest!). Probably wasn’t the best preparation going from riding a 160mm travel bike to a hardtail after one ride!
|The New Ride in Ronde!|