The 2023 European Triathlon and Duathlon Championships.
These championships were held in the beautiful coastal town of Caorle, Italy, from March 17th to 19th.
Competing at this event were two of our members.
John Peacock, who lives at Margaret Court, a retirement housing complex in Tiddington, took full advantage of being in his first year as an M70 athlete by winning the gold medal. This despite having suffered with long Covid for long periods of last year.
A superb achievement.
John competed in the Sprint Distance Triathlon and was first in the opening 5k run with a time of 19:59.
In the 20k bike ride his time of 39:54 was almost 2 minutes quicker than the 2nd placed rider. He said he tucked in behind a group of 50/60 age group riders, who when they realised he was in the 70”s age category were quite happy for him not to have a turn on the front. This group rotated the lead every 30-40 secs but John didn’t have to lead out at all. This enabled him to open a big gap on cyclists who were on their own or in a small group. The group did 8 miles at an average of 22.3 mph and it gave him a good cushion over the others in his age group. They split for the last few miles but he still managed over 21.5mph.
It was unusual for the bike run to be his strongest discipline but he has recently purchased a new bike and this seems to have been a wise investment.
The bike ride took its toll, so his second run, over a 5k distance, was the slowest of the first 5 in his age group but despite a time of 13:51 he had built up a strong enough cushion to end up as overall winner in his age group with a time of 1:17.29, an almost 2 minute margin over the 2nd placed finisher.
I went to Venice Caorle to do the standard distance duathlon (10k run, 40k bike, 5k run).
The venue was a district north of Venice – essentially a beach resort but the weather wasn’t yet warm enough for sitting on the beach and the town seemed quite sleepy and out of season.
I started the race feeling in reasonable form – the main hinderance to my training over the winter has been the addition of a puppy to the household, which meant that I hadn’t done many long rides on the bike because I can’t leave the puppy for hours on end.
My age group was 50-54yrs and turned out to be one of the most competitive sections (sadly!).
My time for the first run was 43.02 minutes which I was really pleased with. The bike section was fast and flat which I enjoyed but perhaps I was a little short on stamina here (blame the puppy for that one). My time was 1:18.02. The second run (25.28) is never fun, more a case of mind over legs – the route wound through the old town and past some old churches (monasteries?).
I finished 6th in my age group ( 2hrs and 29 minutes) and, although I was a little disappointed not to get higher up the list, I did finish ahead of some previous medal winners. So that is a positive!