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Outlaw Half Nottingham

By 24th May 2022Homepage
Richard Jellyman 
Piecing the pie together
This race was my “A” race for the year until I got the GB AG call up. A big motivation through winter training. A standout event in British amateur triathlon with a pro license up for grabs.
Time to put the training to the test.
Race day – 4am alarm, 6am start! Zzz
Swim – 1900m – 29:06 – a couple mins down on target. I’m not sure why, felt a bit slow in the water. Second open water swim of the year. Was weaving a little and people mention a headwind…I don’t know if I believe that can affect the swim speed but maybe I’ll take it?!
T1 –  3:00 – no dramas, onto the bike…
Bike – 56miles – 2:25:32- 4.5mins up from my pre race target. 23mph avg. a fast route, flat with one little climb at 20miles, thankfully the weather stayed dry and roads felt safe to hold your speed despite the surface being mega rough with potholes in places- lost a bottle around 40miles but had consumed most of my fuel already. Power was still a long way off from target so I just pushed where I could and kept the head tucked down as much as poss.
T2 – 2:40 – very happy with this one, Brav socks slipped on lovely and runners went on quick without a hitch.
Run – 13.2miles – 1:26:17- running has become my most confident discipline these days so was really happy to put it to the test and managed to hold my target pace throughout. The weather got pretty warm and had to concentrate on aid stations getting the coke/electrolytes down + water over the head to keep me on track and avoid the quads going from twinging to cramp. The run time equals my standalone half PB despite measuring a slightly long course.
Finish time 4:26:35 for 10th/140 in AG, 53rd/1354 overall
Super happy overall with the time, the performance, finally putting on the TeamNFT suit for the first time made me proud to represent my mate, his work ethic and his courage. I put a solid race together. It’s my second ever middle distance and 36 mins faster than the last albeit on a faster course this time round.
Despite the goal time of sub 4:30 being achieved I know there is more there – I want to convert my pool speed to OW speed. I want to have a race where I actually hold my target bike power for once. I know running will continue to progress through the consistent work.
Next up is a special one, representing Age group GB triathlon in 10 days time in Poland!

Keep pushing, the fight goes on!

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