[Portlaoise “Try-athlon” – Race Report by first time triathlete, Ruairi Gough]
TriLaois took place on Saturday 10th of April in the Portlaoise Leisure Centre. It was a sprint triathlon consisting of 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run. There was an early start for the competitors from Racing 795 who travelled for the event, Peter, Siobhan and Ruairi. Great weather made the event more enjoyable, and made the getting up early and waiting around part more bearable.
Approximately 250 participants took part in the race in eight waves, Siobhan led the way in wave 4, Ruairi was in wave 6 and finally Peter in wave 7. The swim was handy enough, although at times it got close to turning into a boxing match, due to participants in the lane who did not pace themselves.
LESSON 1 – Go in a faster lane, or go first in lane.
After 30 lengths of the pool it was out to T1 where time was lost putting on socks and tying laces.
LESSON 2 – Use Elastic laces
The 20km cycle was an out and back on a flat route, although there were some small drags along the way. The cycle ended back at the leisure centre, where numerous cyclists lost their footing dismounting their bikes in cycling shoes.
LESSON 3 – always take 2 seconds more to slow and get off bike.
T2 was straight forward, for those of us wearing runners!! My best performance all day, fourth place overall in T2, New Racing 795 transition king!!!
The run was 5km, out and back, strange experience for the first mile as the legs were getting used to running, and felt like jelly coming off the bike.
Overview: Very well run event, in the perfect venue with a great set up for bringing children. I would recommend this as a good beginner triathlon. Thanks to Martin & kids, Claire & kid and PJ for coming out to support us. Onto the next, bring it on!!!
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