WP Duathlon Champs - Killarney Race Track

07 April 2013

WP Duathlon Champs - Killarney Race Track
After some 11weeks of training I thought it good to take on WP Duathlon Champs to see where I’m at… nothing like testing your fitness with a 10km run, followed by a 40km Time Trial bike and then finishing this off with a 5km sprint J

The day before I ran the Dudley 9km trail race just to get an idea of how to pace myself, so I went flat out from the word go and as a surprise I won the race by 1min as all the big names did the 15km race.

Came race day it was cloudy and a breezy South Easter welcomed us to Killarney Race Track.

Soon the race was off at a blistering pace clocking a 3:35min over the 1st km and I knew I had to back off as that was way too fast for me.

We did 4 laps of 2.5km and soon came into T1 in a time of 38:45min for the 9.8km.

Getting onto my Time Trial machine was fantastic as I have not raced her since Ironman the year before, the 40km was fantastic and really settled in very well, just kept my average around 36km/h with doing 6 laps and 12 turnaround points on the course when eventually coming into T2 in a time of 1h04mins and very satisfied.

T2 came as a shock with not being use to running, then cycling and getting back into running, but as I left T2 my legs settled and managed to finish the final 4.9km in 22min and a overall time of 2h05min and breaking my previous best time by 17min.

I really felt good after the race and also got rewarded with a 2nd place in the 30-34 Age Cat and later the week received an email from WP Triathlon, “you have been selected for the WP Duathlon Team to take part in Potch”.

Article by: Tiaan Pretorius

Unfortunately I have already committed to other events over that same week of Duathlon SA Champs and had to decline the invite.

I really felt great being selected and also with how far I have come in such a short period of time, looking forward to the next block of training and just getting stronger and staying injury free for a change.

Thanks for all the emails and messages, without support this can be a lonely sport.
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