Enduroman – the numbers

ESA map

route map

Some of you might be more interested in the numbers around my race on Saturday. I am rather pleased to be placed 11th in my age group and 26th male. full results here

ESA overviewThe swim was 2,5 km which I completed in 52 min. (4 minutes in T1: wetsuit off and to get my head into the game)

ESA altitude

altitude profile. note the big climb and then the three ascents of the run course with the three sandy climbs towards the end of each run lap

The 74 km bike took 4h26 with me keeping the effort pretty constant except for a bit of a surge after WP1 to try and catch a wheel. This was a waste as they rode away from me and I burnt a match. I lost a few places here but made them up in the last third of the route. The longest hill took well over 20 minutes of mostly granny gear! There are some fast sections towards the end where you can make up time. I fueled well on the bike, I consumed 4 X 750ml bottles with 1 scoop each of 32Gi powder in them. I had a total of 3 sticks of Landjaeger (go and ask a German Butcher), 2 hot cross buns, 1 banana, 1 32Gi bar, 1 packet of 32 Gi chews.

I hit T2 with nobody else in sight. I had no idea where anybody else was placed except that they were announcing Stuart who had finished already. My aim was to run each 7 km lap in 45 minutes. I was conservative on the first. the second finished in 82 minutes and I knew that it was race on. I tried to break 2h05 for the run but just did not have enough gears to push hard. I passed a lot of other runners but had no idea if they were in my age group or on which lap they were. I am glad that I biked relatively conservatively so that I had enough in the tank to run well.

Enduroman race report

I was fascinated by road kill. There it was, I had seen the blue gel packet in the same spot twice before and a little further on I would find the orange jelly baby just to my left on a flat rock. Discarded but now a friendly supporter on each of my three laps of the run course. And then he was not there….

I ran on wondering if somebody was desperate enough to pick him up and eat him. I had thought about that often (today and at previous races) in the closing stages of a triathlon. Where the hell was my little friend?

I climbed two of the three sandy hills and almost forgot about him when suddenly next to my left foot he cheered me on. Glowing bright orange in the sun.

I was a few hundred meters from the finish line of Enduroman SA and my race had gone to plan. In fact better than expected.

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seconds before the start

Just over seven hours ago I had to work hard against the cold, black, swallowing too much water. Not enjoying it much. The water temperature was 15*C but it felt colder. The darkness pulled at me while I tried to maintain form and I had to try really hard not just to call it a day. Then the rainbow appeared. Rain left little dimples rainbowon the surface and all became better. I waved at M and friends as we started lap two and then I found my rhythm.

Why are they all still in transition? It seemed like half the field was just standing there taking their time. Getting dressed. So different form the usual rushing madness. And off we rode up the first hill. A few passed me and I knew it would not last long. Over eager on the technical section. Then one of them fell. Frustration has to be held back so early on.

Spectator point one and I was ahead of schedule. Glad to see M and friendly cheers. I burnt a match trying to catch a draft. All in vein as they disappeared into the distance a little while later. A lesson in caution and patience. I ate meat and real food and fueled the machine. Spinning, spinning all the time. The monster hill and I let them go. Down the mudslide and front wheel was tracking well.

Easy down the cobbles and then I started to gain some places.

Pit stops went like clockwork thanks to fantastic support.

Get the speed up on the final approach.

Then Transition two and I heard them announce the winner. I knew I would walk the monster hill. But anything other than that was to be run. I stuck to the plan. Attack the downhill and then push on the sandy bits.

And so it was over. Just like that. Like a dream.

Thanks to organisers: Glyn, Geddan and crew; sponsors: Orca, 32Gi and Oakpics for making this possible. I certainly hope that this will become an annual fixture on the calendar.

Enduroman SA Taper

Yesterday was spent going through my final list of preparations for Saturday. With all the warm weather recently I was expecting to deal with some serious heat on the bike. Not good news after a winter of cold and wet. Well it seems like the Norwegian weather gurus predict otherwise:yr no

Arm warmers, Buff and windproof are going to be the order of the day. And lots budget for hot chocolate for supporters.

Ten days ago I started my taper. More by feel than by program. I was exhausted and needed two days break. Time to notch it back and sleep. So far so good.

My nutrition strategy is different from Ironman last year. I will be having something to eat before the swim. Also I will have more real food on the bike and no gels. Those will be kept for the run.

My bike is clean, spares packed. Trail shoes are ready.

Let’s go!

So time to put it out there:

I am confident of swimming (2,5 km) and getting out of T1 sub 1h. If temps are cold this will be tough.

The bike (80 km) should take 6 – 7 hours – I hope, maybe 8… Who knows as nobody, including Geddan has actually ridden the complete course in one go.

Either way I hope to be able to clock each leg of the run loop (7km) in 45 min. this is my real aim here. I am aiming to complete leg 3 in 2h15.

So if you want to beat me you now know where you need to do it J

See you Saturday!

Silverman Triathlon

One of the best kept secrets around. I completed the Silverman Triathlon on Saturday. No entry fees, no marshals, no prize money, friendly photographers at every corner. Just getting out there and doing it and enjoying.

The standard route to follow: Swim two loops of the Silvermine Dam (1400m +) , walk back to your car, Drive the 500m to the MTB parking lot, hop onto the mountain bike, follow the Silvermine Loop, then down to the Tokai Gate via any single track that you like and back to your car (25km +). Trail shoes on and run the Perimeter Trail (11km) but more of that exact description later.

Obviously shorter options and much longer options are available.silverman map

On Saturday I chose to do a slightly longer route of the Silverman Tri in my prep for Enduroman SA. Here is my story:

silverman swim

ambit showing a rather interesting swim course

M was my only spectator for the swim leg. Flat like a pool conditions and 13*C made me feel quite chuffed. Two laps around the periphery of the Silvermine Dam gave me between 1400m and 1680m depending if you believe my Ambit or Google Earth.

As I entered T1 Tony and Nix arrived and slowed down just long enough so that I had company on the climb to Noordhoek Peak. It was a really nice way to start the second leg. We did some single track on the way to the bottom of the Fairy Garden where I turned to add some more altitude zig zags to my movescount graph. I started to deal with puncture issues so opted to head back to the car. (Nice that I could do that as there were no officials around who would disqualify me.) On with my trail shoes in search of my dropped water bottle from leg 2. Not the most interesting option but it did give me an opportunity to think about pacing for the run leg of ESA.

Despite me not hitting the distance numbers that I had intended for the day I was pleased that I have worked out nutrition solutions which should work come race day. Also some pacing for the run.

Another piece of the puzzle is worked out J

Silverman Tri

not impressive numbers but I got out there and did it

 

 

Disclaimer: any similarities in name to actual persons is purely coincidental and is not the intention of the author.