Tallin is my first IM branded event at this distance all the others I have done being independent races in the UK.
This is a relatively short report, I mainly wanted to reflect on some learning points that may be helpful to others.
Originally, I planned to race the full distance here but due to covid and a deferred entry to Copenhagen two weeks later I dropped down to the half hoping it would be an ideal time & distance as a sharpener for my A race (Copenhagen)
Having raced Lakesman 6 weeks earlier and completed in 13h: 23m: 42s I set a target for myself of under 6hrs for the 70.3 which seemed reasonable and which in the end I missed by around 5 minutes.
I should have been well under 6hrs, but not surprisingly my recent complacency around training and racing was my undoing. Let’s just say I learnt some new lessons, re-learned some of the things that I already know and did some things that I know not to do.
I had a good swim of just over 32minutes, I would normally be out in under 30minutes but the first 900m were into wind and “chop”, so I lost a little time to that, I also swam 1950m rather than 1900.
Given the hire bike and poor hydration/nutrition I did ok on the bike entering T2 in 3h:09m, had I been on my own bike and got the nutrition right I think this course could be very fast!
When I started the run, I couldn’t keep my heart rate down and decided to walk a little to try and control this, unfortunately it took me most of the first lap to work out that I was de-hydrated and needed salt. Once I sorted this with the salty snacks in a few feed stations I started to feel much better and managed to run the second lap faster than the first, ending my day with a 2:16 half marathon.
The things I got wrong here were all within my ability to control and I didn’t, I am lucky I finished this one!
IM 70.3 Tallin (06:05:04)