Only 4 weeks after pulling out of the Tarawera Ultra with a bung achillies, and with very little swimming and biking under my belt, I opted to compete in the Sprint event (750m/20km/5km) to ease back into things. The wild weather led to a change in the swim course (shorter but more laps) and we thrashed out through the surf three times to
complete a 250m triangle 3 times. But once out beyond the surf, the sea conditions were pretty good and I found a reasonable rhythm and popped out of the water down in 4th or 5th place.
A quick transition saw me up into 3rd and I set about grinding out the two laps on the bike. Tough one way, fast the other. Back into transition, still in 3rd and out on to the run, I ticked off a 17.40ish run split to finish in 3rd. Less than a minute behind 1st place and with the fastest bike and run splits of the day, I was pretty happy with the performance given my absence from the multisport game and how little swim and bike training I’ve squeezed in of late. No pain in the achillies was an additional bonus.
I’m now about to embark on a reasonably intensive 8 week build up to Rarotonga Triathlon, in particular I’m slotting in a 4-week swim-focussed block to hopefully see some noticeable gains in my swim performance.