So, less than 24 hours after starting yesterday's Long Swim, I found myself at Blenheim, ready to start my first ever triathlon. I have to say I wasn't feeling tip top after the race yesterday and woke up this morning feeling nauseous and dizzy. I wasn't sure if it was an after effect of yesterday, a bug or nerves, but having paid £75 to enter Blenheim Tri (so expensive!), I was determined to see if I could at least start it even though I felt so rough. The short car journey there was punctuated by a discussion about whether I could stop after the swim or the bike or just do one lap of the bike. Here I am sitting waiting for it to be time to go and get ready for the start of my wave. Check out the giant inflatable sports drink bottle in the background!
When the official times came through, I immediately realised there was a mistake as I had been given a time of 31 minutes for the swim! Given that my watch had said 11 minutes just as I approached the exit, and that I can swim nearly 2 km in 31 minutes, I thought it unlikely. Ken realised that my chip had obviously got mixed up with the previous wave as deducting 20 minutes made it all more realistic.
My correct times have just been issued: 11:29 for the swim (750m), 57:29 for the bike (19.8k), 34:21 for the run
(5.4k). Total of 1:50:46, so around 7 minutes in transition. Not bad
given that T1 involves a 400m uphill run!
I am really pleased with it! I am not sure if I have got "the bug", greater improvements would involve more time training on the bike and the run and taking time away from my beloved swimming, and really I would have to spend money buying a "proper" bike. We'll have to see.
Love in Our Time by Norman Collins
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