This was the midweek sprint series which is much smaller in size than the original event usually held in September, for which I am registered to compete in the Olympic distance.
|Registration done. Ready to set my transition zone|
While setting up transition it started raining and all the guys around me looked at each other and we all knew what each was thinking...(oh crap... the bike leg!!!!). Anyway, it was just a bit of a scare as it actually cleared up pretty quickly and soon enough the sun was out again. Since transition was quite empty I was able to spread out my stuff comfortably in order to easily find my gear on the way out of the water (it didn't happen that easily...keep reading).
One of the guys next to me started chatting and we went to the start up together in order to relax a bit. As we get down to the bottom of the hill I finish putting my wetsuit on, with Sonia's help, and play around with Sofia and Alexia before the briefing started. Soon enough we were in the ice cold water swimming to the start line. As I have mentioned before, the swim is my weakest discipline but from having looked at the previous results I was solely aiming at finishing the 750m in less than 25 mins. The first 200m were actually fine as I was soon going by the third buoy and aiming for the last one in order to turn around.
|Very Slippery exit from swim|
On T1 I took my gel, drank a bit to keep hydrated, and hit the road. I must say that I have a thing for not checking out the tracks and expect them to be flat as a pancake! I was also wrong this time, just like on my last triathlon in Tonbridge. As soon as we exited the castle grounds we started hitting the hills. It was not as hilly as Tonbridge or as the last long ride I had gone on, but it was still pretty steep, specially for someone who had just swimmed 750m with no previous hardcore swimming training. I got passed by one of the guys before we got to the top of the first hill, and later on by someone else. I did, however, manage to pass two people, one of which passed me again after I missed one of the marshals and wasted about 20 seconds getting back on track.
Soon enough I could see Sonia's red jacket and Alexia's bright pink jacket in the distance and that was the final motivation I needed. As I passed them I sprinted to the end and crossed the line of my first "complete" Hever Castle Triathlon.
I reckon over the summer I will be able to step up my training since I will be by myself most of the time. This way I will not think about the fact that the girls are away from me so often... or at least I'll be busy even I do think about it that often, which I can anticipate will happen.
Total Time: 1h:42m:44s