This was my first triathlon, a friend, Lisa Potter, suggested back in November that it would be a good thing to aim for, so immediately I signed up for it.
I cycle to work every day roughly a 22 mile round trip and my running is not too shabby so how hard could it be… all I had to do was learn to swim!!
May came quickly around and I had a trip to a place called Kessingland on the East Coast planned so I used this as my get back into swimming and running excuse… I did a few long gentle runs on the Beach and spent some time in the pool, it was all hard again and I was panicking!!
Back at work and Steph talked me into doing another Swim, Bike & Run session the week before the Triathlon, this was exactly what I needed, I had only run 3 times since January and I was very nervous about the triathlon, on the whole, in that session, my Swim was 8:40, Bike 46.03 and the Run was 21.45, although a lot slower than I wanted I didn’t feel too bad, the calf was still intact!!
That was my final session before the Triathlon, I spoke to Scott from the Gym at work about nutrition and I was sorted… all I had to do was turn up and take part!
I hardly slept the night before the Triathlon, that nervous excited butterflies in the stomach feeling … I kept running through the transitions and racking and when I was going to take on fluid and how I was going to lay my kit out and… and… and …. Pants… 7:15am … I’d slept in!!
A mad dash round to get sorted and out the door…
The venue was Leicester Grammar School which is situated just outside Leicester near the village of Great Glen.
When we arrived at 8:25 I met Steph and we got registered and went to the race briefing, this proved massively important because we were clearly talked through the transition zone, where to enter and exit for the bike and the run, there were a few during the race that either paid no attention or hadn’t been there and were running about lost!, and got a good idea of the runnings or the day, signage on the cycle route and the marshals on the running route.
My start time was 10:32 so I took my time getting my transition area sorted and just sat back and watched what everyone was doing to get my head round it all.
I had my Gel 15 minutes before my start time, got changed and wandered over to the pool, I was remarkably relaxed!!
This was never going to be pretty… I was in lane 5, to my right I had a girl who was a swimmer and all I could think was worry about my own pace, take my time, I can do this.
We were starting in waves of 3 minutes and there was already two people in my lane, they were moving easily, I was preparing to flounder!!
As the marshal gave the 30 second count down I got into the pool… stay calm I thought… 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 … gone… I was off… and whats more I was keeping pace with the swimmer!! Excellent! My training had paid off… I found myself quickly at the other end and things were going great… just 15 more lengths to go…
… things did go great and I kept a good pace right up till the end of the 10th length, I got totally shut down… it became a mission to just do the 11th length… catch breath… 12th… catch breath… 13th… 14th… 15th … and thank god for the 16th
My plan to go at my own pace had busted out the window and I had gone off far too fast… yes it was a quick 10 lengths but it cost me dearly and I finished my swim in a time of 08:36.
Straight out and into transition 1…
As we left the pool we ran out a fire door, down a ramp and along the path to the transition area. It was a weird sensation, I remember the wind taking my breath away and my eyes adjusting to the light …
My transition area was situated close to the pool and I found it with ease.
All my run through and watching YouTube had paid off, my sunglasses were inside my helmet which was on top of my race number lying over the tri bars on the bike, my shoes were open and at the end of a towel lying on the ground next to my bike.
I stood on my towel, picked up my glasses and put them on straight away followed by helmet clipped closed and race belt straight on… once all done I slipped straight into my shoes and pulled the Velcro over… done… I was off…
Transition 1 done in 01:12 and off on the cycle.
The cycle was done in 41:04
As I left the racks in our area were very low and somebody on the other side was struggling to get his bike under… as he tilted his bike under it sent my bike off the rack… so …