The Dragon Duathlon Pt1

This is a long race report, so I’ve broken it into a few sections! You can read the full race report here if you have 20 minutes to spare! Otherwise Part 1 is below, more to follow.

I saw this event when it was first put on in 2016. It was the year that I was aiming to qualify for Kona, so no chance of me doing it then, or the year after, when I was training for Kona.

It has since changed to a biannual event, so 2019 was the next available opportunity to get involved. The other barrier I had, was the need for a support person. I asked my mum if she would be able to help out, and she agreed, not really knowing what she had got herself into. I sent her a few links and tried to explain what it involved but I’m not sure she knew how it would work until closer to the time. She did an amazing job on the day, and I am very grateful to her, for her support.

The week before I spent time planning my nutrition, checking routes and the map.

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I tried to make it as easy as possible for my mum to get what I needed at the right times, by packing a folder for each leg which had all my nutrition and hydration prepped inside. We travelled up on Thursday in beautiful weather and managed to check out the car parks that my mum hadn’t seen yet. Got a fantastic view of Cadair Idris, which was good, as on the day I didn’t see much of it!

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Cadair Idris in perfect conditions.

On Friday the race organisers emailed to say that there may be a change of route because the weather looked so bad. I was really hoping they wouldn’t, as I was keen to do the 3 peaks, but in the briefing, we were told that the route would go up Snowdon to 800m and then back down to Llanberis. This was due to the wind chill and visibility up there. This meant an extra 20km on the bike, going over Pen y Pass, and a reduced run.

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A bit disappointing, but there was nothing I could do about that, and I think the decision was the right one, as visibility was very poor. So it was back to our apartment for some final prep and sleep.

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