Monday, December 11, 2017
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So let’s get the excuses out of the way right now.  I was tired from my exploits at Dambuster plus a full week’s worth of heavy training.  Newbury Duathlon was not an A race by any means, but having competed in the pilot event in 2010, I was keen to measure my improvements over the last 12 months.

And so it was that I lined up with the other 181-odd competitors on Saturday morning, with legs as heavy as lead and a very tight left hamstring.  The start was on a sports field still damp with morning dew, which is I suspect what lead to the guy in front of me taking a faceplant within 50 metres or so of the starting ‘gun’.  Unfortunately, I went down straight over the top of him!  Somehow I think managed to commando roll back into an upright position and was back in the main pack.

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DambusterHaving visited Rutland Water three times in 2010 for the Duathlon, Triathlon and Vitruvian in a support capacity, Saturday saw me make my competitive debut at this iconic British multisport venue. 

For me, entry to the Dambuster Duathlon was primarily an exercise of course familiarisation ahead of the Triathlon later this year.  With running my weakest discipline, I was never going to challenge the front-runners (well, not this year, anyway!) but I had personal goals for each leg that would show whether or not I am making progress in training.

Unlike all three visits last year, which were invariably cold and wet, the weather conditions on Saturday were near-ideal. The clear frosty start did lead to a clothing dilemma (a lot of people later admitted to over-dressing) but it turned into a beautiful morning.

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