Scottish Duathlon Champs 2008

October 5th, 2008 by

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And we’re off….. the start of the Scottish Duathlon Championships this morning at Stirling University. Spot me in there somewhere if you can.

Another weekend of Championships racing for me in Scotland – making the most of it certainly – after the Aquathlon at Portobello last weekend. Happily i came away with another win. These races are good training, plus the race here in Stirling ensured I barely had to roll out of bed and wander along the road to be on the start line. Which is handy. Once again the weather gods were kind. Had the race been yesterday, I doubt I would have raced; lashing rain and a biting wind. Blair and I were actually through on Princess Street in Edinburgh, walking along like a jack knife into the elements. So the clear blue sky and calm conditions were a delight. Wasn’t even that cold.

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I don’t particularly like duathlon. I’m glad I know how to swim reasonably thats for sure. The first run was tough – 4 laps, hilly and twisty around the uni campus, and I was dropped on the last lap – this lad in the pic got a few secs on me, but I was out on my bike before him.

I haven’t been riding my bike a whole lot lately, due to an issue with my knee/quad tightening up. – An Ironman attempt hangover I guess. Therefore I wasn’t too keen on riding super hard, and although it isn’t yet perfect, I got round ok in decent time, posting the fastest bike split (although Blair, whilst riding for a relay got me by 30 secs!). The second run went a lot better than the first and I was quite happy with the mornings effort. After a little power nap in the avo I headed out for shuffle with Gordon and rounded up a 110k run week, which is starting to get me towards being ‘fit’.

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Trophy in hand. Happy days. But I’m still not sold on the whole duathlon gig.