BSG Sprint Triathlon - Brandvlei Dam

11 November 2012

BSG Sprint Triathlon - Brandvlei Dam
Cape Auto Centre sponsored multisport athlete, Jenny Close had this to write about the BSG Triathlon:

What a fantastic day at Brandvlei at the BSG Tri Series! The weather was hot, the organisation was top notch and the atmosphere was awesome.

I got to the venue early in case there were long queues at registration but I was pleasantly surprised to find a very efficient team; within 2 minutes I had my timing chip, my goody bag and had my body marking done. Although this now meant I had an hour and a half to build up race nerves!

I was deliberating not wearing a wetsuit as the water was only just wetsuit legal but I made a last minute decision to wear it as I figured I needed all the help I could get! The seconds gained by wearing it would hopefully be greater than the time to take it off!

The first 100m went fine but after swallowing a mouthful of water and my chest tightening I opted for breast stroke for the rest of the swim. I can keep much more relaxed doing breast stroke and I find it so much more difficult doing front crawl. But with these sprint tris it’s a tough race if you’re not a good swimmer as you miss the fast bunch of riders.

I felt great on the 20km bike route! There was only a slight headwind between about 6kms and the turn around point. At about 8kms I managed to tuck in behind a girl for a brief moment of drafting to give my legs a breather but then seemed to manage to end up with a couple of others latching on and me pulling them along. I quickly managed to pull away from them and got into my own rhythm again. It was a lovely feeling cruising past the athletes on the return route. I wasn’t sure what position I was now in but knew I had moved up quite substantially from where I was when I came out of the water.

I was in to T2 before I knew it. My back has been giving me a little bit of grief recently so I knew I wouldn’t be able to change into my trainers without sitting down so my planned manoeuvre went pretty speedily. What I failed to remember though was that I had put a 32Gi tab in my shoe, so it would be ready for me to eat, so within 2m of running out of transition I had to empty my trainer of the forenamed object! Quickly shoving it into my mouth and trying to get my legs moving and my back loosened off. But with the hot conditions and I hadn’t drunk very much fluid on the bike leg, my mouth was dry so the 32Gi tab was like chalk in my mouth. I normally love these tabs but at this moment it hadn’t been a good idea! So as politely as I could I spat it out!

It was a fairly flat run route and I got into a rhythm quite quickly. I passed another couple of ladies in the first 2.5kms and with the route doubling back on itself I knew the next 2 ladies in front of me weren’t that far ahead. Striding out in the 4th kilometre I passed one lady and now I was closing down on the next lady. I think if we’d had another kilometre to run I could have caught her but I ended up crossing the finish line 20 seconds behind her. I finished 4th in my age category (30-39) and 6th overall in the ladies, excluding the elites. My time was 1:14:17 (0:13:18, 0:36:47, 0:21:38) so I was happy. 11 minutes faster than last year!! (1:25:43 – 0:15:28, 0:47:33, 0:22:41) Let’s hope I can take another 11 minutes off next year!

Photo Gallery:
Kiddies Race
BSG Cycle
BSG Swim

Recent Articles

» The Slanghoek Triathlon: racing beyond the shelf life of your life…

» Slanghoek Triathlon: Race Report

» WCAD #5 Adventure Race at Theewaters

» The Clanwilliam Fitness Festival Phenomenon.

» The Clanwilliam Fitness Festival Phenomenon.

» XMonster race report

» Team Tri-Plex versus the XMonstrosity!

» TRIROCK DURBAN, half Ironman distance triathlon. 1,9 Km swim, 90 Km bike, 21.1 Km run.

» Arabella Challenge 2Day Mountain Bike Race

» Old Mutual Duo Challenge

» The Mast Challenge

» WP Duathlon Champs - Killarney Race Track

» Tri Stilbaai

» Xterra Grabouw & SA Champs

» Xterra Lite

» Totalsports Challenge - Terra Firma 2013

» Jailbreak Triathlon - Brandvlei Dam

» Stellenbosch Triathlon

» Coronation Double Century

» BSG Sprint Triathlon - Brandvlei Dam

» 2012 Xterra World Champs - Hawaii

» Santos Beach Triathlon - Mosselbay

» Cape Auto Centre for used car finance of your private car

» ITU World Olympic Distance Triathlon Champs - Auckland, NZ

» Cape Auto Centre Multisport Team in Oudtshoorn

» Trans Baviaans 24 hour Mountain Bike Challenge

» Cape Auto Centre Multisport Team

» TransKaroo Extreme MTB expedition - 240km

» The Cape Outback Mountain bike Expedition

Recently Added

2008 Mitsubishi Pajero

R199 995 | 123 219km

ABS Brakes, Air Conditioning, Airbags

2001 Jeep Cherokee

R69 995 | 175 000km

ABS Brakes, Air Conditioning, Airbags

2008 Isuzu KB

R149 995 | 180 000km

ABS Brakes, Air Conditioning, Airbags

2006 Mini Cooper

R119 995 | 125 563km

ABS Brakes, Air Conditioning, Airbags

2007 Toyota Hilux

R159 995 | 253 630km

ABS Brakes, Air Conditioning, Alarm

2013 Nissan NP200

R119 995 | 33 129km

Air Conditioning, Canopy, Full Spare Wheel

2004 Toyota Condor

R119 995 | 215 414km

Air Conditioning, Alarm, Central Locking

2002 BMW 3 Series

R79 995 | 189 067km

ABS Brakes, Air Conditioning, Airbags

2007 Nissan 1400 Champ

R69 995 | 91 617km

Central Locking, Full Spare Wheel, Radio / CD / MP3

1999 Nissan Sentra

R49 995 | 195 585km

Air Conditioning, Full Spare Wheel, Immobilizer