Todays DOMS didn't slow me down for todays club duathlon sprint too much.
After a warm up mile run and a ~450m lap swim/recce I felt pretty good. (good job I did the recce, the sides of the lap were very different proportions today and one of the new buoys near invisible!)
I'd been uncertain how my foot was going to hold up to a run, but it was OK during the race...
Good swim, I set off 5m to the side of the main bunch of sprint-and-faders meaning I had an extra metre or so to swim. Maybe. And no washing machine.
First buoy I rounded in about 9th (of 22), I was never going to catch the first 4 since they're the 15-17yr olds who can really swim...The others however, were right in my sights
By the second buoy I'd passed a couple and turned the buoy right on the heels of another.
By the last buoy I was in what is becoming my usual place of best of the rest and entering an empty transition. Yup, the kids had cleared off completely...
Nice clean transition, and off for the run.
Last race I fought the light headedness and slowed the pace, today I went with it and ran relaxed, but with my chest heaving like a bellows in an overworked forge.
I was completely out of it with my eyes half closed. It was the only way to stay relaxed.
Took the guy behind me most of the mile to catch up, it was a death by inches, I could hear him all the way.
I still count this as an achievement, and better still, I was only overtaken by one other, and that in the final sprint. (Not that I had nay sprint in me!)
An overall 7th, I think. Times haven't come in yet, but I ran faster. Quite a lot faster. Out of my skin in fact
The gym work has paid off already, I could feel my glutes kicking in more and felt like I actually put up a bit of a fight in the run which is a first.
However, my foot is now throbbing quite a lot. I think it's time I went to see someone about it
It's the 3rd of a series of 4 events, there's an easy rivalry between me and the fastest lady, the score is 2-1 to her (due to a bad swim for her last time) and I'm getting closer.
I've a month to gain about 10 seconds on her...15 would have given me the best-of-the-rest 5th place today...
(day total, 4 laps swim ~1600-2000m and 2 miles run.)
It's not what you do occasionally that makes a difference, it's that which you do everyday that brings progress.