This was my first triathlon and as expected things did not go to plan ................
Here's a few things that won't happen again!
- Have a wetsuit that fits - My wetsuit was a few years old and way too tight in the chest, not being able to breathe does not help in the swim!
- Do some open water swimming - It was such a pain to get some open water practice organised that I just didn't bother. It is not like a pool and the wetsuit is not neccessarily easier to swim in (see point 1)
- Have something to eat before the event- my race was starting at 215 in the afternoon, no lunch was not a good idea
- Do not cycle from the rail station to the event- It is ok before, but soul destroying afterwards
- Have a list of what I need - I didn't miss anything, I took loads of stuff I never even got close to using
Wow it's getting seriously close to my first triathlon this weekend and the nerves are beginning to set in. So many things could go wrong, but as long as I don't drown I think it will be alright! The training has been pretty tough for an overweight, overworked man and probably not nearly long enough, but it’s too late to back down now.
The race is a sprint distance off road triathlon, comprising 400m lake swim, 10km mountain bike course and a 4.5Km run. It may well be a bit more challenging this week as there has been plenty of rain in the south east of England, if there is one thing England does well it is producing mud!
I've done all my equipment preparation and my bike is serviced and raring to go. I think I overspent a little on my equipment in a desperate attempt to make up for my lack of training, which probably amounted to around six weeks of serious work. The swimming is only 400m which should be fine from the pool training, and the bike is my best discipline thanks to my daily cycle commute. However the running is a different matter, I've been trying the run/walk method (9mins run, 1 min walk) I heard about from the Ironman Talk podcast . However even with the rest I'm only managing an 11min/mile pace.
I would be quite happy just finishing the race this time, but if I had to pick a target time it would be less than two hours. Without disaster I should be able to make this from my training, but who knows what will happen on the day.
Wish me luck, and I'll post the result here next week.