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Mike’s Middle Distance Magic: Its Race Time, Again!

Well this race is more a “training” race as such. Even so I have some goals and times in mind I want to achieve for it.

The race is a standard non drafting Olympic distance race consisting of a 1500m swim, 40k bike and 10k run. Ray had me doing a 1500m time trial in the pool last week where I managed 26:43. With this tri being my first open water of the season and I’ve not actually been in open water since last August something around that time would be great.

Onto the bike, this is where I’ve spent a lot of time recently and the last couple of weeks being “consistent” I’m hoping to put in a good show. After chatting to Ray over the weekend I’m hoping to sustain a good power output and controlled so somewhere between 210w and 235w average, 85% to 95% of FTP. It’s a pretty flat course and I’m hoping the wind will keep at bay on this one!

Then onto the run, to be honest I’ve never really ran all the race in any triathlon run over 10k! So I’m hoping this race is going to be the start of many that I run and finish strong with! I’m going to start out at 9 min/mile pace for the first lap, (5k) and then hope to access and build on that like I did in the last race. In the hope to finish the race with a 55 minute 10k. All in all I’m really looking forward to this race and I’m hoping to write a positive post race analysis next week!

-Mike Catton

Mike is training for some triathlons and Half Ironman in 2019. Check in next Monday for his next article about his training journey.

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