Southwater Relay

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..

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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