Race Report2

Wed – 2kswim, 10min run (practice transition)
Thur – 2hr hilly bike, 40min preston park
Fri – weights, kettlebells etc – 1hr, 1hr coached swim
Sat – rest
Sun – racedayy
Mon – free weights/core, 20k bike, 20min run

Sunday’s race results are out… finally! Came third female =D There were, however, only 8 of us – but it was also my first attempt at multisport, so, all in all, i’m rather proud! I got a time of 27.52 – i’m still waiting to find out how much was swim, how much was run and how much transition – but regardless, it was a really enjoyable morning so i’m not sure it matters too much!

Arrived at ‘Pool in the Park’ in my brand now Tri Suit feeling very nervous, and very nooby. The nerves continued through a thrashing first 4 laps, in which I was reminded myself I was tired, not ready to race, and nervous. Suddenly, as lap 5 began: total calm, concentration, and quite a bit of enjoyment took over.

As I heaved myself out of the pool, after being tapped on the head by a nice race marshall to tell me it was time (I knew it was time – for once I didnt lose count!), I got to transition, and proceeded to struggle quite severely with the concept of tying shoe laces. It’s never been so tricky. Quite possibly a minute or two later, and I decided the shoe laces would simply have to hold, and off I ran.

I am still kicking myself for not running that little bit harder. I still remember shouting ‘one more lap!’ to my wonderful spectator Alley as I passed her for the third time, and waving cheerfully at LB as a saw him standing in the rain (didnt mention the rain did I? It was quite amazing..) each time I passed. These cheery shouts and merriments ensured I had a really great time, but they do imply I didnt have the rocket up my bum that I could.

Still, deffinately an enjoyable and successful introduction to multisport.
East Grinstead, 16th May – Here I come!

Published by michellearthurs

I'm an NCTJ Journalist and work at Cycling Weekly. Previous to this, I was the Editor at Total Women's Cycling. I've also dabbled in marketing and copywriting - having been Marketing Coordinator and Social Media/Content Editor at Evans Cycles. My first job was working on a local newspaper.  I've written for a variety of titles on a freelance basis, too. I got into cycling when I entered my first triathlon in 2010. I now race crits, road races, time trials, and do a lot of track training for not very much track racing.

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