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3rd Alp d’huez Long Distance. « Stephen Bayliss's Blog


3rd Alp d’huez Long Distance.

Reinaldo and I started the week by cycling from Leysin to Alp d’huez, about 300km over 2 days and over some great climbs to prepare us for our race on Wednesday!

We had a great ride, perfect weather and fantastic scenary. Arriving to the Alp on Monday evening.

Come race day I felt not to bad. I swam with a group of 5 at the front of the race, but the water was so cold that I could not feel my feet and also had that dizzy feeling from having a very cold brain! Which meant I struggled to get my wetsuit off and ended up falling on the floor and struggling with the legs of my wetsuit, which the TV camerman seemed very happy to film:)

Onto the bike and I had a little chase to catch up to the 3 guys I swam with. I then tried to pace the climbs and hammer the down hills, which worked well, as I was making up most of the time I lost on the ups on the downs:)

I lost some time to Reinaldo on the final climb up alp d’huez but felt I could have a good run. I think I had the fastest run and this secured 3rd place 4min 30sec down on Reinaldo.

Great race, I highly recommend this epic race to anyone wanting a fgreat triathlon experience.

Onto a bit more hard work before IMUK in a couple of weeks.

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