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The Big Cow National Duathlon and Southern 12 Stage Road Relay in a single day
 5 April 2009 – Ian Cardy goes Olympic distance and then more……

After three sprint duathlons, coach Joe Beer encouraged me to do an Olympic Distance. So which one do I do first? The Big Cow National Duathlon Championships & World and European Championship Qualifiers. May as well start somewhere. A 10k run, 40k cycle and 5k run.

The ‘run one’ went very smoothly. Three and three-quarter laps of a lakeside flat course, I led my ‘wave’ with two laps to go and I entered ‘transition one’ fifth overall and winning my age group in 32:37. Feeling ‘this is easy’.

The cycle went lumpy. A hard course (hilly, rough), my hoped for time of an hour slipped by with every pedal stroke. The thighs burnt, I fought with and not rode with the bike. And was not enjoying it one jot. A post-mortem with my coach suggested my cycle legs weren’t with me that day, although I reckon it’s because my bike is old and heavy – after all, everyone that passed me had cycle bling! Either way, I lost ground and a 65:01 cycle needed a fast 5.2k run to make up time.

After a blistering ‘transition two’ I started the run. Jelly legs – awful feeling. The motivation of seeing those in front and chasing them down, with the addition of some adrenaline (wonderful painkiller) pushed me to run the second fastest ‘run two’ of the championships, get thirteenth place overall and fifth in my age group. Result! Am now awaiting a call up to represent GB in the Age Group European Championships in Budapest in May.

Not bad for my first effort I guess...

Details here:  http://www.big-cow.com/public/results.aspx?raceid=645

Not content with just a duathlon - after all, the day was young, I then recovered, sat in ice bath, had massage, then I ran for Kent AC in the Southern 12 Stage Road Relay Championships in Milton Keynes. The relay consists of 12 legs; 6 long (7.7k) and 6 short (5.5k) run alternately, long, short, long, short etc. Running the final 'glory' leg, I hauled our team from 14th to 11th overall and ran the fastest 'short' leg of our team, 65th fastest 'short' leg overall. Details here: http://mcs.open.ac.uk/mkac/09seaaheader.htm

So what’s next? Steyning Duathlon, National 12 Stage Road Relays and Cambridge Duathlon will keep me occupied for the next two weekends... Then it’s athletics-track time of the year...

Ian Cardy


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