Race report: Aquathlon de St Priest

Yay! This weekend I participated in my first race since… ever!

The race was an Aquathlon, in Saint Priest (not too far away from Lyon).

This is one of my preferred race types, since it includes two of my least-hated sports: Swimming and Running.

I participated with a friend of mine, with who I’ve done some swim training and a bit of running. Unfortunately we couldn’t be in the same starting wave due to our different swimming speeds.

The race was 1Km swimming in a 25m pool, followed by 4.5km of running (announced).

The swim went quite well; trying to count laps quickly became impossible, so I just tried to stick to the people in front of me.

We were only 3 in our lane, all others were 4.

I was with one older guy and a young lady. We all started at the same speed, but I felt the girl was a bit slow, so I overpassed her; then after 1 length I figured I could get in front of the guy as well… so I did. I managed to do 3-4 lengths in front, but felt I’d quickly get tired, so I let the guy back in front, girl still behind. Later on she overtook me, but I stayed right behind her the rest of the time (yay for drafting!), while the guy lapped us once.

Getting out of the pool, I was just behind the girl, and there were still a few people in the pool finishing their laps. However, I was last out of transition (never done, not prepared) and I later learned that the girl was gone 45sec before I was.

On the running part, this was my worst; I haven’t really trained: only been out 3-4 times this year. The sun was high and it was quite hot, we had 3 soccer fields to run around.

After finishing the tour of the first soccer field, my legs still weren’t quite warmed up and I was running a bit fast, I felt like I was never going to make it… But I continued on, 2nd field wasn’t that hard, and the way around the end of the third was best, with a bit of wind and partially in the shade. On the second lap, once I was starting the 1st soccer field, the girl from my lane was already finishing it. Getting to the 2nd field I felt like it was all OK, this isn’t going to be too bad. But the part between 2nd and 3rd field is in a slope towards the right, twisting my feet a bit. Getting to the 2nd field on my 3rd run, I was like “Oh come on, not this shit again”; but soldiering on… I managed it.

In the end, I finished good last of my wave, 49th out of 54 in total… But hey, I finished!

Times:

19:31 for swimming+transition

30:29 for the running

So 50:oo in total, with the fastest being 34:57(12:37+22:20) and slowest bein 1:09:38 (no intermediate times)

They didn’t get the chronometers going for the first wave, of which my friend was in… So we don’t know all the times. He did however finish 38th, with a total of 46:07.

Overall, I was very happy with the day! Swimming is my “strong” part, but even with that I can see I’ve got a lot of progress to do if I ever want to be competitive. Running I know I’m not quite good at (yet!). I might try some short triathlons later on, but I’ll have to start training for the running, as well as picking up biking.

Also, my GPS watch announced the total running distance at 5.5kms, without having started right out of the pool. This also coincides with my friend’s impression of the circuit being longer.

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