Ok, so I've not posted in a while, but there really wasn't much to post as I couldn't do much in the way of training with dodgy shins.
Anyway, the tri was Sunday before last and while it was supposed to be a fun event, there were plenty of fit serious people there.
We all lined up poolside, and they had the slowest going in first, three in each lane and a new swimmer went in as a finisher got out. I had a 20 minute wait before getting in, but once in I was offffff :D Think I went off a bit quick but got held up a couple of times giving me a much needd breather. I was just thinking I had two lengths to go, when I was told to get out. Not a bad time at 8 mins but allowing for the delays would have meant nearer 6m 50 which was what I'd hoped for. So tired, I couldn't actually get out of the pool - I tried and fell back in :D
Got to transition for the bike and thinking back, spent far too long getting dried/changing - probably another couple of minutes lost, but hey it was fun. The ride was advertised as 16.5 miles, but I'd mapped it out on dailymile.com and it was more like 18. I was really hoping to average 20mph but it was too windy and my legs hurt like hell as I put a lot of effort into it. Part of the route involved a U turn where I stopped to get some food from my saddle bag - another minute or so lost :D
Anyway, got to the pub for the final transition and onto the run. Well, I originally hoped to do the run in 40 mins so was amused to do it in 39:40 sec :)
All in all, it was a fantastic event, really well organised. The finish at the pub was great as they had food and drink on the go (duh, I know, it's a pub, it's what they do !!!). The weather was great too.
All in 1 hr 49 mins and 40 place. There were 50 solos and 6 teams of three. My swim time was 17th fastest though I reckon should've been nearer top ten without delays; the bike was 20th fastest, but food probably cost me a few places and the run I was 56th fastest, but that has always been my weakest discipline, worry etc etc.
Will I do another? Er, signed up for an open water tri in August at Bewl - 750m swim, 20km bike and 5k run. I will also be doing some practice tri's on the south coast before hand. I'm also going to start taking the running a lot more seriously as that'll be the biggest time benefit.
Just watched the London ITU event and men did the same distances I'll be doing in August in 50 mins. A target has been set :D