Well, seeing as we are now in the depths of British Summertime(?) I thought I’d do my first Triathlon for Velo/Stone Runner. When I was picking race I wanted it to be an open water swim, not because my wetsuit would help with the pace but believe it or not swimming in the open water is glorious. With this in mind I chose the Boundary Breeze Triathlon. The race consisted of a 750m swim, 23k bike ride and a 5k run, perfect.
On receiving the race pack last week, I discovered it was a North West Regional Triathlon Championship race so there would be no opportunity to take it easy!
It was a balmy 18C in the lake today too after all of the recent hot and sunny weather… this meant that wetsuits were optional, I decided to wear mine, as I’m used to swimming the open water in it in training. I could count about 5 people that didn’t …braver than me.
The start horn sounded and off we went. As always the start of a triathlon swim is a bit fraught, especially when you get grouped with the ‘fast boys’ (yes boys not buoys – big bright and yellow they were) but I got into my rhythm after the first 200m and even started to make up a few places. Exiting the swim I’m always quick to get the suit off as it’s easier to do when full of water…
I exited Transition 1 (T1) and immediately felt good on the bike. Somebody heckled at me in T1 that I would have to catch their teammate who they were supporting from Manchester Tri Club as he had seemingly had a better transition than me. 200m past the bike mount line and I’d overtaken him fighting with elastic bands and shoes that wouldn’t sit right on the pedals for him. Quite satisfying.
I picked my way through the field and was only overtaken once on the bike, my Velo/Pro Vision Tri Suit providing comfortable and fast cover, and my bike excellently tuned by the Velo Store mechanics which ran perfectly throughout the race seeing me into T2 at an average of over 24.5mph.
I entered T2 after putting a big effort in on the bike but hoping that my recent run form would help me to the end of the race. Again the first time running in my Velo/Pro Vision Tri suit and it was comfortable and unnoticeable really, just how it should be. After doing the Shugborough Club relays on Wednesday night I was hoping that my legs would be run fresh and they were, I picked up another couple of places on the run, and my New Balance Vazee Prisms just get better each time I wear them, so light but yet so supportive, they are fast becoming my favourite in my shoe cupboard, seeing me through the run and to the finish at under 6 minute mile pace. I was tired but still smiling at the end after shaking the hands of my competitors, and so happy to be back doing my favourite sport.
Following the finish, there was an excellent Organic ‘Refreshments Bar’ providing a nice selection of healthy pasta, soup and hot drinks. Oh yes, and organic bacon and sausages and even a choice of duck eggs. Another reason to do triathlon?
Following the prize giving I asked the organiser if I could take a look at the results. They said yes but we only have up to position 6 printed out, and I was happy to say I think I have just made it into that first 6. Over the moon more like.
One last photo (sorry)… Following the Stone 10k road race which I ran recently the photographer got a shot which saw my New Balance shoe feature but no other part of me, and today was no exception again the photographer getting a ‘where am I’ shot as I made my way past another competitor. That shoe strap must have cost me some time!
Link to the official results:
Looking forward to my next race at Blithfield on the 31st July.