Monday, October 23, 2017
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My first encounter with the London Triathlon (the one held in Docklands, not the Hyde Park one) was in my first season of triathlon back in 2010.  If memory serves me right, I did the sprint distance and I think I came about 33rd in my Age Group, which at the time I considered a good result.

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Despite its high profile and media coverage, the Blenheim Triathlon has never really appealed to me:  too short(!), too busy and too many first-timers.  I had the impression that it’s a great ‘first taste’ of triathlon, but not for serious racers.

This impression was borne out to a degree when I raced the bike leg of a sprint distance race in 2013 as part of a corporate relay.  The bike course is quite narrow and full of everything from mountain bikes with baskets on the front (literally!) to road bikes and then full-on TT race machines.  When you’re bombing along at 45kph passing people doing less than half that speed, it gets a little nervy and too close for comfort sometimes.

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Okay, so you know the story: the Escape from Alcatraz was one of the first triathlons I ever witnessed (without even knowing it at the time) and as soon as I knew what it was, it had to go on my bucket list of races to do before I die.

This year I entered the $25 lottery and, to my surprise, got a slot to take part in the 35th annual Escape from Alcatraz triathlon on June 7th.  Just the small matter of paying another $400 to confirm my slot, then ship myself and my bike halfway round the world for a race that’s barely longer than an Olympic distance triathlon.  In terms of pounds-per-mile, it’s an expensive one!

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I kept quiet about this one. In my head it had to be purely a training race and as Adam Gibson made clear when I asked him if it would be a good idea to enter or not: “yeah, go ahead, but you’re not going to win it, you’re going to be knackered!”

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When I reviewed CurraNZ back in February, one of my parting comments was that I’d like to undertake a longer test to see if the initial results held true over a number of months.  Well, the nice people at CurraNZ agreed and kindly supplied an additional test batch.

With just two capsules left(!), it seems now is a good time to report back on my findings.

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