Wendy Drake’s race-report
I arrived in Ulverston with not much time to spare, so after quickly registering, racking my bike and laying out my transition area, I found myself pool side for the race briefing. We were advised that the run course had been changed due to flooding, but it was in the same general vicinity as I had recced two weeks earlier.
I was third of three in my swim lane, and set off at a steady controlled pace, making a conscious effort not to go too fast. I felt that I had paced the 400m swim evenly, and felt great when I got out of the pool. It hadn’t been raining when I had entered the pool, but I exited into transition it was absolutely pouring down. I made an instant decision to dig out my rain jacket from my transition box, which then proved quite difficult to put on over a wet tri suit. This cost me valuable time, which unbeknown to me then, I would regret later.
I had recced the bike course so there were no surprises. It was a 28km out and back course along the coast with lovely views across Morecambe Bay. There’s one hill in the middle of the route, but other than that it’s flat and fast. It was quite windy, but the only real problem was the very wet road surface, making descending a little nerve-racking at times. I was determined not to get passed by anybody on the bike, in which I succeeded.
I got back to T2, just as the sun came out temporarily, so off with the rain jacket and set off on the approx. 6km run. Despite the last minute changes, it was well marshalled and signposted, mostly running along roads with some canal tow path. More rain accompanied the run, but I felt strong and kept up a good pace throughout.
A final sprint to the line, finishing in 1hr 45mins, a time and performance I was very pleased with.
When I saw the results later I was amazed to find I had finished 2nd in my Age Group, and 10th female overall. I was thrilled with this, but it was thought-provoking to see that I had come 2nd by only 17 seconds. On reflection those seconds spent messing about putting a rain jacket on and off could have made a difference. But, it was a great way to end the season, and along with getting a new racing bike has made me very positive for next year. (Wendy Drake)