2014 begins: Scottish Duathlon Championships
April 3rd, 2014 by Fraser
1st place – 1:53:32
The end of September was a serious stretch of time ago, and yet that was the last time I raced an event. The year started in a familiar fashion, with a useful stint in my home from home over the years – Aguilas, Spain. I had a further training trip to the Canary Isles, spending some time on both Lanzarote and Fuertaventura which went perfectly well save for me getting a little too aquainted with the tarmac during a run. – I stupidly tripped over my very own feet and did a Superman dive, giving me some frustratingly nasty cuts to my hands and an achey shoulder for my troubles. It could’ve been worse though; no broken bones.
With that behind me, I looked forward to starting the year off with a race at home here in Stirling – the Scottish Duathlon Championships over a 10/40/5k non draft format hosted by Stirling Tri Club. It’s a superb event; extremely well organised and complete with a friendly and supportive atmosphere – give it a try next year!
First races of the year are a chance to dust off the equipment that has sat unused over the winter months but also to try out new kit under race conditions, since there really isn’t a more testing environment for your gear. On this note I was really pleased to race for the first time in Skechers – my new footwear sponsor for 2014 – and they held up to the job excellently.
That being said, first races are fundamentally a first glimpse of how your form and fitness is shaping up. Training is of course great and all, but ultimately there is no hiding from the painful feeling a race brings to the table. There is also no hiding from the wind on a cool and damp(ish) Spring Sunday morning in Scotland! However, I enjoyed the hour or so effort that the bike ride took – mostly as I got to race aboard my new Trek race bike for the year – it of course worked a treat, as ever.
This ‘Standard’ distance of duathlon is a deceptive beast; it hurts! Especially if the run/bike/run format is something you don’t do so often (that would be me) but it was an entirely useful way to start my year; I don’t have to travel plus it is roughly ‘only’ half the race time of my next more serious aims over the Half Ironman distance coming up in April, May and June. – And they will be here before I know it, that much is certain. Here’s to a successful 2014!
Thanks go to Iain Macintosh at ImacImages photography for the kind use of his photos.