Still waiting on times for this race, but what I can say is that it felt pretty damn good and I had a fantastic time.
Southwater Country Park bristled with friendly competition, as members from different clubs assembled and racked their bikes. By friendly competition, I mean something similar to that sibling rivalry, the type which surges with undercurrents of: “I know we’ve got a lot in common, but right now I really want to kick your ass”. Good times =D
This was my first open water swim. I would have felt nervous, but I was too busy giggling away with the blokes in front of me and to my left:
“I’d like everyone to be aware that i’m peeing right now”
“Damn, you beat me, I was just about to”
“Did it. Oooh, that’s better.”
A great start..
I felt a few waves of panic as the thrashing arms sped off, and I pictured the mass starts i’d seen on TV. I had a few moments of bewildered, slightly frantic water treading, and i’m sure that this was far from my best 400m swim time, but the sense of achievement I felt as I charged to transition was enough for me.
This was also another first: first race with clipped in shoes on the bike. Thankfully, the practice I had manage to get in (4 days, mainly commuting, and only one long ride..) seemed to have done the trick and I didn’t have any problems.
The run was two laps, starting with an uphill section. Unlike my previous races, I didn’t feel too tired from the bike leg, and I actually really enjoyed the run. Maybe because it was short, maybe because I was in a good mood, or maybe (as Harry likes to believe..) because I had been taken out for dinner the night before, and so woke up fueled and ready to go. Regardless, I handed my chip to my team mate, stumbled out of the final area, and joined the crowds to watch the next leg begin..