Only a few days to go until I plunge into 9 degree water in the Cotswold waterpark lake to start my first triathlon competition! I have to swim 750M, cycle 20km and run 5km.
I decided before the real competition that I should probably try out some open water swimming in my rather restrictive wet-suit and check-out the cycle and run routes also. So a couple of weeks ago I went for it. It was the weekend which was cold and wet, with icy winds so this made for a hard start.
As I was pulling my wet-suit on, there was a training club that were just getting into the water. I had just got my legs into the wetsuit when I heard ear-piercing screaming coming from the water, and a lady was sprinting out of the water in tears! At this point I thought to myself….is this worth it? …the car is right here so it would be very easy to leave! However, I stuck with it and finally got to the waters edge.
I knew that I had to get into the water quickly and start swimming or I would never do it, so I took the plunge. I didn’t stop hyperventilating until the second bright pink buoy and only after I had hugged it to my chest to get a few seconds rest could I continue. It was at this point that my body went numb which made everything much easier and I settled in to a 25 minute swim.
The 20km cycle route is mainly B roads so it was a bit scary at the roundabouts, but I was back by the lake within 55minutes and still feeling pretty strong.
The first lap of the run round the lake was the hardest because my toes were still numb from the swim, and my legs definitely did not feel like my own! Second lap in, and I got into a good rhythm at a reasonable pace, so my two laps were completed within 29 minutes.
Thank you to everyone that has helped me train and to those people that have given me advice to help me shave off time during transitions and get the fastest time I can. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Wish me luck for June 3rd 8am!