Grendon Sprint European Qualifier – 13th May 2012
This is not a race I’ll remember with fond memories. As they say, “the wheels came off” ………. well during the race it did, literally!
I took the caravan up to Grendon so I wouldn’t have to drive up early Sunday morning. I woke up at 5am for breakfast and there was ice on the car. “Not looking good” I thought. Even the honey (breakfast) had congealed during the night in the caravan and was no longer pourable. It was cold! The lake was just over 12 degrees so the swim was still on. However, I think the race official had just stirred his tea with the thermometer before testing the lake.
The swim was very cold, the transition to T1 was interrupted by bouts of cramp, my wheel came off 500m from T2 and the run was a mixture of straight legged running (cramp again) and final dash to the finish line.
In summary it was all very exciting… not! As you can imagine my time wasn’t anywhere near qualifying, however, had a good run once the cramp subsided. Looking on the positive side there are some lessons learnt from my experience; wear either two wetsuits or full on 10mm dry suit if the temperature in between 12 and 13 degrees and only bunny hop sleeping policemen if you’re sure you tightened the rear skewer up sufficiently.