I hope not but July could have been the month that ended a realistic chance of doing well at IM Mallorca, it certainly did that for the Outlaw, my other main aim of the year.
Almost two triathlons in the month, the Worthing Triathlon which caused all the problems and 2/3rds of the Outlaw. Somewhat gallingly I had been really coming into some form before Worthing and everything was looking good but a crash on the bike in wet and horrible conditions meant that I could only do the swim and bike of the Outlaw.
I had a reasonable result at Worthing despite the crash, swimming 23:23 – hard to read anything into time in a sea swim but coming out of the water in about the place I thought I would. Rode OK before coming down on the second to last roundabout and gently rode in the final 2k to T2 intending quit but got sucked into starting the run having arrived in T2 with another athlete. I still rode a 1:05 for the 6th best bike split despite the crash and then ran my best 10k to date off the bike, a 38:15 despite a lump on the side of my hip the size of a melon which has turned out to be a ruptured bursa.
That meant that I wasn’t able to do the Outlaw run, only managing a poor swim of 63 mins and a decent bike of 4:58 before bailing on the race.
I swum 52km during the month with plenty of open water practice. The Outlaw swim though was an experience I’d like to forget. I’ve never been as close to having a panic attack in the water and was battered, bruised had no room to swim at all and had my goggles kicked off. I swam a 63 minute swim when I was (I think) in shape to swim around the hour mark with a decent swim and a good draft. Looking back I think the Outlaw swim has more potential for a battering as everybody merges from the right with those on the left having nowhere to go because of the edge of the lake unlike a ‘normal’ swim where an arrowhead can form. Still some good signs though swimming 63 despite that.
I covered 1,317km in July, a decent amount of riding, partly due to not being able to run. Despite the bike crash I managed to ride the National 100 TT, although not at full tilt. I rode the first 90 miles at Ironman power before riding the last 10 hard for a 4:19 and also a new 10 mile PB on the P881 of 21:28 so at least that was going well.
The Outlaw ride was a hard ride with the wind building up and getting hotter throughout. I was pleased with the ride overtaking for most of the first half before having a very lonely second half, seeing only 3 other riders, passing 2 and being overtaken by Kevin Dawson. No shame in that I think! The 4:58 was the 5th fastest of the individual riders and one of only 11 sub 5 hour rides including all the relay riders although mine of course doesn’t count as I didn’t actually finish…
After Worthing I’ve run very little during the month with only 71km run. I started to run again gradually towards the end of the month so it’s been a month wasted in that regard but it was just too painful to be able to run sensibly.
August was going to be full steam ahead for IM Mallorca but how realistic a decent run is I’ll have to wait and see. I can only hope that the treatment I’ve started to get will enable me to get enough run training in to regain the lost run fitness.