I’m writing this the day after our May Day Tri, the reason being I was far too knackered yesterday to write anything!
I got in from work Sunday night and set about getting everything ready…bikes, swimming kit, towels, helmets, shoes, goggles, bags! There’s so much more to organise for a triathlon than a run!
We got the kids up first thing Monday and dragged them with us to Kings school, Winchester with the bikes on the back of the car. Breakfast was cereal and a cup of tea before zooming out the door!
Once we arrived it was into the hall to collect stickers for our bikes (and helmets) and our bibs. Then to rack the bikes in the transition area with all our stuff set out ready for the first transition. The briefing was fun and good to see lots of first timers too!
We were in the sprint, starting at 10:30. There were 4 to a lane with Steve and I in the same lane (5). There was one no show in our lane, so just three of us. We collected our timing chip at the pool and it was strapped on the left ankle.
A short briefing at the side of the pool, into the water, and then off in 10 second intervals. Very exciting! 16 lengths of the 25metre pool. Steve was done in 8:29 and me in 10:49. A jump out of the pool, out of the door and a run down the red carpet to transition, passing Laura and Dan who gave me a hi five and took some amazing action photos and video!
I tried to get my socks on but couldn’t, so just stuck my trainers on. T-shirt, helmet, belt and a quick bar of twix and then ran down and out of transition. Steve did it in 2 min 57 seconds, me in 2 min 38.
A beautiful cycle folllowed on open roads, 2 laps of a 12km route. Out of Winchester, through Sparsholt village and back towards Winchester. It was far more hilly than I expected, but also rolling hills and past the beautiful Lainston House hotel. Steve is a really proficient cyclist, me less so, so I tootled around at my own pace. Steve in 56:39 and me in 1hr 14. I did feel a bit of a fake shimmying through the country lanes on my little hybrid bike, admiring the countryside while massively professional looking atheletes zoomed past on their carbon fibre super bikes!
Cycling up the hill into kings to dismount and re-rack the bikes, take helmets off, shimmy the belt to the front and then out of transition again, with another bar of twix! Transition 2 – Steve 2 mins on the nose and me 1:34 mins.
The run was 2 laps of a 2.5km course. Out of the school, Romsey Road, Chilbolton Avenue, Sarum Road, back in the back entrance of the school onto the field to do it all again!
A lovely surprise when Laura was stood on the field and shouted ‘THERE’S MY MUMMY!’really loud when she saw me.
Again, with heavy legs, the hills were more than I expected and harder. Some people walked up the hills, I was determined to keep running and I may have been almost static getting up the hills but I was still running! Steve’s time 26:50 and mine 28:34! I was exhausted and had to sit down, which I don’t often do after a race.
So, total times: Steve 1:36:57 overall 98th and me 1:57:55 overall 196th. I think there were about 250/255 people taking part. I loved it, lots of fun. Lots to think about, it didn’t get boring and tested my fitness a bit more than a run does. I needed a little nana nap in the afternoon after we’d been to the local May Day Fete and eaten burgers and chips in the rain!
Can’t wait to do another one! Sign us up!