Leed Oly review
by Alice O'Neill
Review Made: 02.07.2016
Leeds ITU Olympic Race Report.
We had terrible job getting near the lake, even the taxi drivers were turning into roads to find they were closed.
Eventually we parked about 15 mins walk from Roundhay and hurried to Roundhay Park and I was by the lake at 6.30 feeling relieved and ready to set off at 7.03. panicking over, all good.
They called the 2nd wave (that's me) to get in the water for a pontoon start. I lowered myself in, my nerves just dissapeared and were replaced with a calmness and excitement. I was thinking (in a Top Gun esque way) this is what you have trained, you have got this Toobs.
The hooter went and after a bit off biff mainly ftom a guy to the right if me, i straight armed him and he dropped back (felt like Ashley Gregory for a second)
I got into a good rythym, before I knew it the ramp was there and I exited feeling quite fresh in 31.25 and then embarked on the longest swim to T1 in history.
After the 1k uphill shuffle on a blue carpet to transition I eventually got to my bike, took my cycle kit out of the bag, took my wetsuit off, put my wetsuit into the bag, put my cycle gear on, picked up my bag with swim gear in, unracked my bike and proceeded to the bag drop off some 400mtrs away just before the mount line.
Now that's what I call a transition.
There was about 10 feet of flat to mount your bike before a steep hill, I am not great at this as some of you know so took a leap of faith and miraculously clipped in first time only to find the bloke in front of me crashed, how I missed him I will never now.
Anyway powered, yes powered, up the hill and despite the slippery conditions and the crashes that were on most parts of the course I had a great ride, first into the city then back to Roundhay and after a 180 turn, back to the City to massive crowds for T2.
Decided to take my time so stopped for bite of a energy bar and a big drink and set off on the run, which after about 1k took you across the famous blue carpet for the start of 5 laps.
I was running ok,not very fast but a constant pace when a pat on the back came with words of encourage, yep despite starting 25 mins later than me Jack had caught me up.
With 2 laps to go, I am now struggling, my left calf feel like it is going to explode so I looked at my left arm where words (thx Laurence)
PAIN IS MY FRIEND is written.....this gave me a mental surge then I saw my wife shouting along with 2 mates and Chris's little lad of 5 with his banner .......Go Toobs....... being waved
I veered of to the barrier to tell Julie I was in pain where is was greeted with the words
You have nt got time to see me get on with it.
On the last lap I heard Jack shouting come on Neil you can do this and then a pat on the back again, Mike Smallwood this time and that was all I needed to finish.
The time did nt matter, I wanted to stay safe, swim well, cycle with some venom, run it all and to enjoy the experience.
Did all of that and in 3.07.29.
Thx to the support I have received from the club.
The cheers from Jack & Mike on the day, were very timely.
"The keep it simple" training advice from Hywel.
The coaching/advice, the sheer belief in me from the Legend that is Keith Edwards.
Keith, It was everything you said it would be.
Lastly, thanks to my fantastic wife Julie, for all the hours of hanging around at Stanton Lakes and the sprint events in all weathers. ? you.
I actually feel like a Triathlete now.
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