This was my third triathalon and I was very excited to be taking part. With the loan of a van from a friend I was able to arrive the day before and spend the night camping near to the venue meaning I did not have to face a stressful drive in the morning. I was awake by7am with a mixture of both nerves and excitement, however I had slept well and felt fit and ready for the challenge ahead. The weather was somewhat deceiving being sunny but with a cold biting wind. With all my preparations for the race in hand I was able to spend some time watching the other athletes arriving and seeing they all wore the same determined expression as I'm sure I did. The time flew by but a few of the guys I spoke with gave me some good tips and advice on training. It's a great buzz at these events meeting lots of amazing people with the same goals as myself.
However I was looking forward to my swim at 10.15am so I made my way to the pool. I was drawn in the sixth lane, in a very strong group of athletes with one other woman in my group. The guy next to me explained he didn't do many triathalons but once we were off he leapt ahead of me by about one and a half lengths which was a good pacemaker for me. Sixteen lengths seemed to pass very quickly and I was soon out of the pool and jogging to my bicycle.
The cycling is my favourite part of the race, especially the uphill reps. After the last triathalon in Pwllheli I was hoping for some hills this time and I wasn't disappointed over the 24km up and downhill race. I felt good and my legs were full of energy. I managed to pass quite a few men with one guy holding close to me almost all the way but fortunately they didn't manage to pass me.
It was as I was running back to the transition that I realised the guy following me was a woman. As we parked up she said the ride had been hard for her but thanked me for leading her. As I know my running is for now my weakest strength we enjoyed a laugh when I told her she could now be my leader. As I never check the route before a race as I like the surprise I hadn't realised we had to run the route twice. We kept the same pace until the second round when I turned the wrong way and I lost a little bit of time. She eventually crossed the line 3 minutes ahead of me but as she is a strong experienced triathlete I was glad we had ran in the same group. Overall it was enjoyable race experience.
I finished in a time of
swim 400m 10:08.4,
bike 25km 55:18.7,
run 5k 24:00.4
in total 1.32.42
finished 52th of 132 over all and 7th in female.
Let me now invite you to my next challenge, the triathlon at Ruthin Sprint Tri on 10th of May 2015
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