Myself (Darren Dunne) and Mike Browne made the trip down to Carrick-on-Suir on Sunday for what turned out to be a successful day. Conditions were ideal, sun shining, not too much wind and a spacious transition. We got there with plenty of time to spare and with the race a little bit behind schedule we had plenty of time to jog some of the run course and get familiar with swim/run exits.
As soon as everyone was in the water we were started which was good. The swim however was not. 50 metres of swimming followed by 75 metres of running was a new experience. With the water so low it was impossible to swim. Eventually into deeper waters and on it went until some of us got stuck in weeds, not a new experience 🙂 The flow, even though light, still made for a very fast swim.
Through transition and onto the bike, a looped course with first 15k uphill, a quick descent (or so it seemed) then flat to the dismount line. Both of us managed to get into a group of people of equal abilites which dragged us to good bike splits. Special mention has to go to Mike who kept up with the top bikers even without a TT bike!!!
Onto the run which was 2.5k out, sharp left turn thenonto the river bank for 2.5k back to the finish. The first 2.5k seemed to never end but the return was over quick enough. Mike taught me a nice lesson on the run, never ease up.
With only 2 of us from the club racing I think we showed our worth with a podium finish in 3rd place (1:04:10) and Mike 4th place (1:04:37)