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Wiggle Portsmouth Olympic Triathlon 2013

After doing the Blenheim Triathlon earlier in the year I’ve been looking have a go at something a bit further, so last weekend I did the Wiggle Portsmouth Olympic Distance Triathlon.

Olympic Triathlons are basically double all the distances of the Sprint version, so 1500m swim, 40km cycle and a 10k run.

I got round Blenheim in 1:30:02 (if I’d known I was that close, I’d have managed to sprint a little harder) so I was aiming to get round this course in sub 3 hours.

Swim 1500m

The swim was in the sea from down by Southsea Castle to the Pier. It was first sea swim and I was a bit concerned about waves and basically having my face stuck in salt water for about 30mins. The weather was pretty good and with no wind the water was totally flat. What I hadn’t really thought too much about was the tide, it was great on the 3 sides of the rectangle, just having to adjust a little as I crossed the short ends, but on the way back it was a hard slog. I stormed the first 1k in about 15mins, but the last 500m took 25mins.

Again Strava seams to be showing a strange time for the swim.

Time: 0:41:56


I clocked this at 4:39 which includes the run up from the beach and I also didn’t hit the button until I’d been on the bike for about 200m so this was probably actually a bit quicker than Blenheim (4:25).

Cycle 40km

This was a really nice flat course with a long first lap up round the naval base followed by 4 laps round the sea front at Southsea. I pushed pretty hard on this leg and was pleased to average more than 30kph but was still getting passed by guys going a lot quicker on serious all carbon tri bikes.

Time: 1:16:12


2:08 this time, which is about the same as Blenhiem(2:05)

Run 10km

The run was 2 laps of a loop the other way up the sea front from the cycle leg, again nice and flat apart from a really short climb up over the old defensive wall. I probably set off a little bit too quick as I had aimed for a 50min 10k and was doing 4:30 to 4:40 k’s early on, but I ended up with a total average of 4:55.

Time: 0:46:47

Total time 2:51:47

I came 176th out of 313 (including relay teams) and 46th in my age group. I was well under my 3 hour goal and I think if there had been no tide I could have taken nearly 10 more mins out of that as I can cover a 1500m in the pool in under 30mins.

One of the new challenges for this distance was working out how to take on food while on the move, as the research shows you can go for about 90mins on the reserves and carb loading before an event. I had tried a couple of flavours of gels the week before (I should have sorted this out a lot earlier) and not been too impressed with the black cherry or the chocolate orange. In the end I plumped for a lemon & lime flavoured one, I took the first one as I was starting the second lap on the bike along with a hand full of jelly babies. I saved the second one for while I was running the first lap.

I think I’m up for doing some more Sprint and Olympic distances, but I’m not mad enough to try a 70.3 or a Iron Man yet. Targets for the next Sprint is 1:15:00 and Olympic has to be 2:40:00 with a stretch of closer to 2:30:00

Blenheim Triathlon 2013

Last weekend I took part in the 2013 Blenheim Sprint Triathlon, it was my first full distance sprint with an open water swim. I had done 2 previous sprints but they had both had 400m pool based swims with no wet suites.

The first thing I’ll say is that the setting was amazing, from racking for transition in the court yard,

Racking in the court yard

To the view of the lake

Dragging the wetsuit on

To the riding and running round the grounds.

Swim 705m

I knew going in that the ride and the run wouldn’t be a problem and I knew I could cover the distance for the swim in a pool, but the mass deep water start did concern me a little and also trying to swim in a straight line with no rows of titles to follow. I was lead to expect the start would be a total washing machine of arms and legs everywhere, but actually wasn’t that bad. There was the odd finding a foot when reaching out and when rolling my head out to breath finding somebody right there that I couldn’t see though the murky water.

Time for the Swim: 14mins 15seconds.
I’m happy with that but think I’ll be able to improve on it for next time.

(Strava seams to have messed up the swim time for some reason)


After the swim the 400m meter run up from the lake to transition was hard work while barefoot and trying to fight my way half out of the wetsuit. I wasted some time trying to get some socks on, but I needed them because my bike shoes are a just a bit too big to wear without them.

Time for T1: 4min 25seconds
They say transition is the 4th discipline and mine needs work.

Ride 20k

The cycle course was pretty good, it was made up of 3 laps with 2 decent climbs and lots of downhill. The only downside was because the foot bridge over the course had been hit by a bus on Friday night a compulsory dismount was added to each lap just before you got back to the palace. This messed with everybodies rhythm a bit and must have stuck a couple of mins on the time.

Time for Ride: 43mins 07seconds
I would have liked to have pushed this under 40mins


A lot less to do this time, just needed to re-rack the bike, dump the helmet and swap the shoes

Time for T2: 2mins 17seconds
Again this needs to be a bit quicker, maybe some elastic laces will help.

Run 5.5k

The run starts with a evil climb over a foot bridge over the bike route. With the post ride jelly legs this is no fun at all as it’s pretty steep. Once that’s over it’s about 1k of flat before a steep down hill to round the other end of the lake

Time for Run: 25mins 59seconds
I know I can run this distance a lot quicker than this without the other 2 parts so I would like to get this down by a couple of mins as well.

Total Time: 1:30:02

I had a lot of fun doing it and I think with a little bit more work I can take a few minutes off all the legs and get it down to closer to 1:20 next year, but I’ve already starting thinking about the Olympic distance tri at Dorney Lake in September.

Triathlon time

I’ve gone and signed up for the Blenheim Palace triathlon in June 2013. There are a couple of guys from work who’ve signed up as well so there should be room for some healthy competition.

The training has already started, with cycling into work as many days as I can in the week. I’ve started to see an improvement in fitness already taking a massive 45 seconds off my 5k running PB on Saturday at the Southampton Parkrun getting under 21 mins(20:48).

I’m trying to work up a list of events for next year to see how I’m progressing, this years times are in the brackets:

  1. Eastleigh 10k – (44:32)
  2. Needles XC Half Marathon – (1:57:21)
  3. Isle of White Randonnee

I’m going to try and find some more to add as the year goes on as well.

I need to work on my swimming as my crawl still isn’t really anywhere near where it will need to be if I’m to make it anywhere near my target of somewhere around 1 hour 15 mins for the whole thing.