Triathlon de la Martinette - 4th
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STOLEN BIKE! - So I had a pretty stressful last two weeks, as my much loved bike got stolen here in France :( ..yes it was locked up, someone went through with bolt cutters. The day before I was meant to leave for a race..my first OD race since I broke my foot last year in September!
So was pretty guttered as you can imagine, and I owe firstly a big thanks to Patrick Beraud Cycles, here in Saint Raphael for lending me the only midget sized bike they could find.. to use for the race..more on that in a sec, and the week, and secondly big thanks to FELT Bicycles for helping sort a long term solution to help me through my competition season here...
I finished 4th at my first race back, here in France at the Triathlon de la Martinette. A tough course very, very, undulating, and 50km not 40km bike, and then a tough undulating run on very uneven trails and vineyards was a tough day out. Happy with my swim progression exiting with good company in the lead females, for a change, or maybe I just knew how much I had my work cut out for me on my little bike steed, from a somewhat vintage collection. Now I am a believer in "its more the legs than the bike", but lets just say a mac truck is going to find it very hard to beat a V8 super car round a track! I might add I had about 3 mins to adjust my bike to fit, so I just crossed my fingers my bike seat wasn't too high and I could actually reach the pedals, or anything stupid like that and would see how the little machine would fair! For a second, apon exiting the water and climbing at the same speed as the other leaders I thought maybe, just maybe, I can stay close in touch with the girls after all...until the ups became down, and I soon realised all I had to work with was a 46 big chain ring! hmm so if I could now hold a cadence of 200rpm maybe I could hang on. I got smoked on the flats and the descents, period, and lost huge time, trying to "tuck in" with the most aero postion I could manage being of the parachute variety, on my little machine, I realised I would need to run about 30mins to salvage the race! Very frustrating at the time, and I cursed my way through the last 20km being passed, obliterated actually, because all I could do was freewheel, or spin like crazy! But I did the best with what I had, and I am grateful to have been able to still participate. The course was very scenic and in reality as I was freewheeling I should have just taken it in some more! A hot and taxing run, on a unraced body, but happy to run back half the time I lost on the bike. Not enough but a fun little race, through some really spectacular roads, and even got to eat a 750 euro / kilo mushroom. Faaanncy!
Now I can not wait to get back on a Felt again, My little steed did me well, but I know where my heart lies!