The triathlon season kicked off again last Sunday with the now annual Naas wheelworx duathlon in Punchestown. Three hardy brave souls (and supporters) from Racing 795 took part, namely Paul Hutton, Martin Mimnagh and PJ Dunne.
Freezing fog was the order of the day with visibility down to 30 m in places. But with a field of 149 and it been a qualifier for the World duathlon championships it wasnt long hotting up. A mass start was the order of the day. The three 795 ers all set off together, but PJ was heard to say “I’ll start behind you two so at least I wont be passed”.
Paul was quick to get in his stride and open a early lead on Martin and PJ. As the kms went by Martin also pulled away from PJ. Paul finished the first 3.5k in a time of 11.42 , Martin 12.31 and PJ 12.42 . The quickest first run time was 10:01! So into T1 pretty uneventful really. All exited t1 in the same places.
Out on a challenging 20k bike leg with two decent hills to conquer before the turn around to come back. At the 10k mark Martin was closing rapidly on Paul, and eventually caught him with a few ks to go. Bike times: Martin 36.41 Paul 37.47 PJ 38.35 . Quickest bike leg 32.02! .
Into T2 and Martin had the lead. Martin was first to start the second run closely followed by Paul, PJ had a slightly better T2 after the disaster of T1! Back to the run, Paul had Martin in his sights and caught him half way through and finished this second run in a time of 13.46, Martin 14.18 and PJ 15.01.
A great day was had by all , the season begins!!
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