She was my opposite. The tall brunette was mouthing off. Hanging with her guy friends, she seemed very confident, with her loud talking and bravado. She was in my division. Racked her bike three away from mine. I was quiet. I stayed in my own head, kept to myself. Listening to music, my bright…
Ear plugs, neon green cap, goggles, Gu
Breath breath wait
Swim swim swim
Stay on course
Watch my steps
Run up the beach
Ear plugs out
Swim cap off
Arm one out
I did it. It was brilliant. Well, my time wasn’t but the experience was fantastic. I arrived late which didn’t help and so I was a fumbling mess getting sorted in transition. But once I have got my wetsuit on and at the start I felt great. All the other ladies in my wave were really sweet and lots of well wishes and “good lucks” were exchanged. The whole atmosphere was amazing, loads of young and fit people hanging out with their mates and families messing about and having fun. There does seem to be a totally different vibe than at running events. Eton is a great location, both for the event and getting their from London. I can see the appeal of rushing out of London on a saturday morning to go and thrash around on your fancy bike. And there were loads. Lots of Planet X matt black bat bikes and a couple of SHIVs. Try not to get intimidated. Just because there are lots of very professional athletes here doesn’t mean you can’t have fun if your not.
The swim was my favourite disciplin of all and once I had got over the brain freeze of the first 50m I felt great and got into my stride (or is that stroke?). I will regret saying this but I could have done with it being longer to really make up some time, because the rest was all down hill. I spent ages in T1 and I wasn’t super fast on the bike. Probably because before today I had never cycled more than about 4 miles on my bike. ha ha ah a. The pancake flat course isn’t technical so I didn’t have any mishaps. No falling off because of my clip in shoes. I hope I have got that out of my system after going splat last week on my way home.
I run was horrible. Mostly because of lethargy at that point but a fair amount of jelly legs coming off the bike. All in all, a great morning out and a well deserved chocolate milk sitting in the boot of the car and eyeing up hot triathletes and their bikes followed. Yep, great day.