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HOWL aquathlon 2017

14 Jul Finish of HOWL aquathlon

This evening Stu and I took part in HOWL aquathlon. It’s the second year that the event has taken place and it was my second time taking part. Last year, I was pregnant when I took part, so I was grateful just to be able to do so. This year I was hoping that I would make it through the swim and would put in a good run leg.

Our lovely friend, Jez, has offered to babysit for us several times, so we decided to take his up on his kind offer. We figured that we shouldn’t be away from M for too long and if she was having a bad night then several of our other friends would be around to help out… plus Jez is a sporty guy (and amazing runner), so we thought he might like watching the aquathlon.

Tamsyn and M

We registered at 6:30pm and the event wasn’t due to start until 7:30pm, so there was

Waiting at the start of HOWL aquathlon

As well as the individual competition, there were also team prizes up for grabs. We had assumed that the first two men and two women from each club would count as a team, but were told that we had to pre-register as specific teams. This proved to be a little challenging as no-one was sure of their rank within the club – especially as many people are significantly better at one of the disciplines. In the end, Stu and I were registered in STC’s team 2.

STC at HOWL aquathlon

© Darryl Marcus-Hanks

STC at HOWL aquathlon

© Darryl Marcus-Hanks

Most of my clubmates were representing Southampton Tri Club in their club lit, but I only own an STC gilet and I wanted to wear my lovely kit from The Athlete’s Palate.

I set up my stuff in transition and then had some more time to chat with friends. Before long it was time for the race briefing. I should have been fully focused, but I suddenly realised that my swimming hat was missing. Panic! Panic! Jez kindly ran over to registration and picked up another hat for me, so I was able to start thinking about the race. [As an aside, it was great that women were given blue hats and men had the red hats – such a refreshing change!]

After the briefing, we were straight into the lake for a deep water start, so there was a bit of a warm up. To my dismay, wetsuits had been banned. I really feel the cold when swimming (because I am sooooo slow) and I also appreciate the extra buoyancy, but there was nothing I could do about it, so I just got in.

Getting in the water at HOWL aquathlon

Getting in the lake HOWL aquathlon start

I positioned myself towards the back, but was almost in line with the buoy as I didn’t want to swim any further than was necessary.

Start of HOWL aquathlon

I found the swim challenging, although I managed to get into a rhythm. I had forgotten how much I enjoy open water swimming as it’s so peaceful. I didn’t see anything strange out of the corner of my eye – usually, I spy my hand a lake monster and get freaked out, but not today.

I knew I wasn’t going quickly and this was confirmed when I got clopped in the head by one of the leading ladies heading towards the end of their swim.

I acclimatised to the water temperature fairly quickly, but was disarmed by some of the extremely cold patches that we had to traverse. I had thought that the water would get stirred up a bit by all of us swimming, but that didn’t happen.

I didn’t have a very quick transition. I tried not to faff, but I did exchange a few words with spectators.

My running is significantly better than my swimming, so I was pleased to see some other runners up ahead who I was able to hunt down. I haven’t seen the splits yet, but I think my run was quite good.

Running at HOWL aquathlon

© Darryl Marcus-Hanks

On the second lap, there was a lady in a yellow top up ahead. I chased her for a significant portion of the second lap. In the end, she beat me by about 6 seconds and was 3rd V40 lady. Maybe next year, my swimming will be back on track and I’ll be able to chase her down!

Finish of HOWL aquathlon

Last year, I managed:

Swim time: 21:47

Transition time: 1:16

Run time: 30:06

Overall: 53:09

Here are my (provisional) results for this year (based on my Garmin):

Swim time:  21:12

Transition time: 01:05

Run time: 24:30

Overall: 00:46:44.274

So, it was a PB 😀

I was 16/21 senior ladies and 19/35 women.

It was also great to learn that Stuart was first V40 finisher – well done, Stu!

Stuart finishing HOWL aquathlon

What Valentine’s Day means to triathletes…

7 Feb

swim bike run Valentine

There are several challenges for non-triathletes who are dating triathletes…

The first challenge is buying the right gift. Typical Valentines gifts include:

  • underwear
  • shoes

Then of course, there are the activities. You’re thinking you might need some lube to get your pulse racing, whereas we want a HRM (or some body glide)!

Anyway, there’s no reason why you can’t fall back on these Valentines favourites for the triathlete in your life. There’s plenty of sports specific underwear available – if your partner is female then there are lots of gorgeous crop tops and sports bras available and either gender could appreciate some Runderwear.

When it comes to shoes, there are so many options:

  • swim bootees (especially useful if you live somewhere where the water is cold!)
  • cycling shoes
  • trainers

Remember that your triathlete partner may be on a strict training schedule, so a late night out or a boozy meal may not appeal to them… but some healthy treats and a massage would probably be appreciated.

What I’ve been reading this week:

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Monday Morning Motivation – Bad to the bone

30 Jan

If you have 10 minutes to watch this video of Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2015 then you’re bound to feel inspired (and in awe of the athletes who take part).


“If you’re looking to test your personal limits and find your mental and physical boundaries in a single day event, I think this is the only place you can come.”

“It is unique to jump in the cold water, to climb the mountain, to share with all the family. That makes it unique to share – to know that we’re not alone”

“This is the coldest water I’ve ever swam in in my entire life. There will be a time when I’m warm again, it might be tomorrow or tonight, but a time will come in the future and just put your mind on that – this is temporary, you just have to work through it. I think you’ve got to be strong up here!”

“You know it wasn’t bad in the beginning, it got cold once we got into the bay.”

“This is ridiculous.”

“How was the water?”

“Freezing!”

“That was awesome!”

First 160 athletes allowed up to Gaustadtoppen checkpoint known as Zombie Hill.

“But we are ahead of time. You said like 14 hours and 30 minutes…”

“But there are 160. That’s our safety cut off!”

Monday Morning Motivation – Women for Tri

26 Dec

I love this video from Women For Tri.

One day, I’ll swim, I’ll bike and I’ll run.

One day, I’ll make my mum proud.

One day, she’ll stand on the sidelines and watch me finish…

because today, I stand and watch her.

One day, I’ll be an Ironman.

You never know who might be watching and being inspired by you 🙂

 

Monday Morning Motivation – Ironman Objective

12 Dec

Do you have two minutes to spare? This inspirational triathlon training video with Christophe Suquet is a great way to start your week.

Passion.

Determination.

Generosity.

Perseverance.

Ironman Objective.

If you’d like to learn more about Christophe (and can speak French), you can follow his blog: http://christophesuquet.over-blog.com

 

Monday Morning Motivation – Meet Non Stanford’s Toughest Opponent

17 Oct

Triathlon is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. Mastering three disciplines simultaneously puts an immense amount of pressure on an athlete’s body.

After a string of injuries forced Non Stanford to take a break from her sport in 2008, it was the mental strain of starting all over again that challenged her the most. It was during this period that Non had to learn true patience, accepting her limits, understanding her body and controlling the urge to push beyond what she could do. The gruelling and often lonely training tested Non’s mental resilience. While many athletes would have thrown in the towel, Non used the experience to emerge a more complete competitor.

There is no greater opponent than the one inside your own head. We explore the mind game that every athlete has to overcome on the path to greatness.

Non Stanford:

To go from World Champion to not even being able to stand on a start line was pretty tough. I was pushing a bit harder in training and got injured. Patience is one of the most valuable lessons that I’ve learnt as a triathlete. I’ve had to learn it the hard way. Everyone has self doubts or moments of weakness. It makes you more tough at the end of the day.

Tomorrow I will be more patient.

Planning for 2017 and SUTRI aquathlon

7 Oct

After feeling too tired to run on Monday, I arranged to meet my running buddy on Tuesday… but fate conspired against me and I didn’t make it, so I was pleased when Teri said that she could run on Wednesday.

I drove over to The Common and did a gentle warm up whilst waiting for Teri. Annoyingly, my Garmin 910XT is terminally ill and the buttons have become unresponsive, so none of my warm up was captured 😦

It’s been a while since Teri and I have been able to go out for a social run, so I really appreciated it. I hope it wasn’t too bad for her as she listened to me talk non-stop for almost 40 minutes, whereas I was not a good listener (sorry, Teri!)

It would have been possible for us to stay entirely on the flat, but after we’d done the first part of our run, I thought we might as well tackle the hill – at least I knew there’d be a downhill afterwards.

Teri had brought Lulu (her dog) with her, which meant that we had a couple of little breaks. However, I’m not used to running with a dog, so I would pause every now and again whilst Lulu stopped to sniff something as I was worried that we would somehow lose her. Luckily, she is a well-behaved dog, so she always came running after us.

By the time we got back to my car, my Garmin was saying that I had done 5.8km. I was a little tempted to jog up and down to make it say 6km, but I know I had run at least 200m before my Garmin started, and I needed to get home.

In the evening, we met a group of friends from Tri Club at a local pub. Everyone who came along is considering doing an Ironman or a half in 2017… and there were quite a few others who are interested, but were unable to attend. A large group of STC people have entered Ironman Austria, which sounds lovely, but I think the logistics of travelling overseas with a young baby might be too much for me. Fortunately, Ironman Weymouth is unlikely to sell out, so I can make a decision much closer to the date about whether it’s a realistic goal. It’s not too difficult to find accommodation, plenty of my friends would be able to come and support and if I’m not ready for a full Ironman, there is a half taking place simultaneously. [Unfortunately, I’ve now heard that Ironman haven’t yet confirmed that there will be an event in Weymouth next year, so fingers crossed!]

Yesterday evening, I marshalled at an event for my other Tri Club – SUTRI. An aquathlon had been organised at the local lake for Freshers. It consisted of a 300m swim and a 2.5k run. I’d have loved to have taken part, but I’m not sure that my wetsuit would fit me, and I was afraid that the water would be too cold. (I was right to think that as it was a chilly 13C/55F – brrrr!)

Canada Geese 1 Canada Geese 2

Stu and I arrived at 5:30pm, but there weren’t many people around. During the day, quite a few people had dropped out. The main group was travelling by public Uni-Link bus. Unfortunately, they were travelling at rush hour and as it is the start of the academic year, the first bus that arrived was full, so they had to wait for another bus.The HOWL gazebo

Eventually, it was agreed that there would be two waves for the event – the people who were ready at the lake and a second wave for the people who were stuck on the bus. This was mainly because the light was going and a long section of the run route is tree-lined, so it’s quite dark even on a sunny day.

I was marshalling at the first main turn. I took a camping chair with me as I wasn’t sure how long I would have to stand for and I get faint if I stand still for too long. The chair turned out to be unnecessary for two reasons: firstly, I was right by some picnic tables and secondly, it wasn’t long before the athletes came past.

I was sitting down when I saw the first runner, so I jumped up and got into position. It was only as the runner got very close that I realised it was Stu. I’ve not seen him wear the lovely tri top that he got at Ironman Copenhagen before. He was looking strong and relaxed… but I was too flustered to take a photo – oops!

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When the tail runner came past, I asked him whether the late arrivals were going to be allowed to run, but he didn’t know, so I figured that I had better wait and see.

Fortunately, it wasn’t too long before I saw a girl in a trisuit coming in my direction, shortly followed by some lads. At the back of the pack, Stu was doing another lap as tail runner.

I picked up some route signs and cones and headed back to the start, arriving just as the final finisher came in.

A quick look at the results confirmed that Stu had won the event in 15:49. He had hoped to be quicker, but I think it’s harder to push yourself when there are no athletes around you (the faster people were mainly in the second wave). He also had a problem in transition as the zip on his wetsuit broke, so it took him quite a long time to get it off. (If anyone can give any recommendations for a man’s wetsuit, I’ll pass them on to Stu. He’s a strong swimmer [58 mins at Ironman Copenhagen – 3.8k]. He’s about 5’8″/173cm tall and weighs about 135lbs/9st9lb/60kg. He currently wears a 19 Rogue).

After the aquathlon, we stopped for a little while to talk to people from SUTRI and other friends who were arriving for a ‘Glow in the dark’ swim. It looked like a lot of fun, but was also a reminder that it’s the end of the open water swimming season here. I hope that by the time May comes around, I can get back into my wetsuit and will be able to join in the fun again.

Collage from SUTRI aquathlon

 

Monday Morning Motivation – The Iron Nun

12 Sep

Feeling old this morning? Watch this and feel inspired!

If you’d like to learn more, you can watch a ‘behind the scenes’ video – ‘I realised the only failure is not to try’:

If you have half an hour to spare, then you could watch a longer video:

Which older people inspire you?

DNF and I feel fine – a guest post from my husband

22 Aug

Originally I had planned to write a post for Tamsyn’s blog after IM Copenhagen but things didn’t go quite to plan and following on from that I wasn’t feeling what I thought I should be feeling so hopefully this post will also help me explore that a bit. 

Firstly, I entered IM Copenhagen back in September 2015 as I wanted to have a challenge for myself ahead of my 40th birthday at the end of this year. At that stage I was reasonably confident about the running and swimming but had never ridden over 65 miles. Those regular readers of the blog will know that I don’t have a great injury track record and at the time of entering I was recovering from a torn calf muscle which happened the week before IM Dublin 70.3. 

I realised I needed a bit of help with my goal and after not being able to find a local coach I signed up to online coaching via Training Peaks (Carson at Fascat Coaching if anyone is thinking about a coach) in November. 
To cut a long story short, I completed around 450 hours of training in the build up to the race with the support of friends and especially Tamsyn who took on more housework to help me have more training time and put up with me being tired and grumpy a lot. There were a few bumps on the way with niggles and illness but this was probably the best training block I’ve ever had. Good to go for race day. 
The short term preparation was badly hampered by our bikes being stolen – not really an impact on training but very stressful and time consuming trying to obtain a race bike and deal with police and insurers. Thanks to Darren at Estrella Bikes http://www.estrella-bikes.com/ I was lent a road bike to race on although I wasn’t able to get any long rides in ahead of the race. I managed to get a last minute bike fit from Garth at Vankru http://www.vankru.com/ so was confident I would be OK with the position despite that lack of time on the machine. 


Copenhagen is a great city and whilst expensive, I’d recommend a visit and the race to others. A few days here getting registration, racking etc. done with a bit of light tourism and I was ready to race. 


The swim went pretty well – it’s a fast route being in a lagoon with the benefit of salt water but not having waves or strong currents to worry about. Age group athletes get set off in groups of 6 every 5 seconds so there is nowhere near as much stress at the swim start as many other races. 


It did get hard to sight at times with fog but I was really happy to come in at 58:05 with around half without any drafting and having done an extra 200m as a result of sighting issues. Transition was fairly standard and out onto the bike course. 


I got about 3k into the bike when another rider swerved in front of me trying to correct themselves after going onto the wrong side of the road and nearly head on into a bus. I took a bit of evasive action but unfortunately caught a pothole which then resulted in me clipping the kerb. 

I was probably riding around 35kph / 22 mph and went down. Nothing spectacular but a bit of a shock all the same. Some spectators helped pick up the bike and walked me down to some nearby marshals. I could definitely feel the road rash down my right side but of more concern was a gash in my wrist. At the time I was struggling to move my fingers a lot (which subsequently is absolutely fine) and I was not confident it would last the vibrations of another 175k and be safe and enable me to brake. 

Another factor was a crack in my helmet which meant I was likely in trouble if anything else happened. I was looked at by the race doctor who confirmed I would need stitches in my wrist and arranged for an appointment at a local clinic. I rode there having no other transport and after that back to the hotel. 

I knew Tamsyn would be really worried as around 90 mins had passed since the crash and I hadn’t been able to contact her. 

What the big surprise for me was the realisation that came to me waiting for the doctor – despite the hours of training, emotional investment and cold hard cash required to get me onto the start line in the best shape I have ever been in, I wasn’t devastated, angry, frustrated or anything I would expect to feel. It’s hard to rationalise this and I’m not sure I understand my own feelings on this but in hindsight I had no doubt I could complete the race and the only question was how quickly. I had hoped some months ago for sub-11 hours but actually sub 10:30 was realistic on a good day. I’m not competitive with others generally and really just with myself and my own abilities so maybe I had proven to myself what I needed to. 
These, combined with more important things in life (looking after Tamsyn ahead of our baby being born later this year) left me feeling that it was ok. I have no regrets over the decision made on course – it was the right one. 

The only disappointment I have is not seeing the bike course and more of Denmark and feeling the support of the crowd on the run route through the centre of Copenhagen. 

We went to spectate and the support was superb. I’d really recommend this race – the course is beginner friendly and fast as well as having good support on the run. 

I’m not sure what the next step is for me – I could look to race long distance again in a few weeks or alternatively may call it a day for the season or just race a marathon. I’m going to take a few days to decide whilst my body heals. 
I never though I would say this but I just DNF’d a race I’d spent 8-months training for and I feel fine. 
– Stu

AJ Bell London Triathlon – my first ever triathlon relay

7 Aug

I was so excited about taking part in the 20th Anniversary AJ Bell London Triathlon that I woke up early, which was completely unnecessary. We had a relaxed start to the day as our event wasn’t taking place until 13:20, so we got up at 7am, ate some breakfast and then headed to Southampton Airport Parkway station, where we met Jez with his bike. It was an easy train ride to London Waterloo, where Jez popped his bike into the bike bag that we became so familiar with in Japan, and then we headed off towards the Excel Centre.

Jez with his bike

Jez with his bike

On arrival, I signed in and collected our race pack and then we went to transition, so that Jez could drop his bike off.

London Triathlon wristbands

It was then time to find an early lunch (coffee for the boys and subway sandwiches for all of us).

We had a quick look around the Expo where I was amazed by some of the great offers – there were some particularly good deals on road bikes (such as Giant Defy/Liv Avail) that would be appropriate for novices as well as huge reductions on tri kit, running kit and cycling kit.

After wandering around the Expo, we went out to watch some of the earlier swim waves.

The team before the start of London Tri

The team before the start of London Tri

It wasn’t long before Stu had to change before his swim wave. After saying goodbye, I went out to watch the swimming with Jez. It was incredibly hot and the water looked very tempting!

View of the London Tri swim course Looking back towards the start of the swim course Jez watching the swimmers Jez waiting for the swim start

It was interesting to see the wide range of abilities when it came to the swimmers. There were some amazingly quick people, some competent swimmers and a few who had perhaps over-estimated their ability or were really challenging themselves. I know what it’s like to be one of the worst swimmers, but I really felt for those people at the back as not only had they been lapped by the best people in their wave, but I knew that they would also be lapped by a mass of swimmers from the next wave, which must be quite intimidating.

The AJ Bell piggy bank buoy

An AJ Bell piggy bank buoy

I liked the swim buoys, which were huge AJ Bell piggy banks. They also had the advantage of being enormous, so the sighting was probably quite easy. Also there was a rope with a line of yellow buoys marking out the main course, so it would have been possible for swimmers to follow it.

The architecture in the Docklands area is interesting. The Millennium Mills building on the other side of the water is undergoing extensive renovations and will eventually become a centre for small business start-ups.

View of the swim course and the Millennium Mills building

View of the swim course and the Millennium Mills building

The Swim

It was soon time for Stu’s wave to start… however, of course all of the swimmers were wearing the same (predominantly black wetsuits with white hats), so I knew it would be hard to spot Stu. I did however spot Lindsay from RunCamp walking past us. She was also taking part in a relay team with Ant and a friend.

The start of Stu's swim wave

The start of Stu’s swim wave

Stu's swim wave at London Tri Another shot of Stu's swim wave

The swim © Jeremy Hollinshead

The swim © Jeremy Hollinshead

By a couple of hundred metres in, the pack had spread out quite far. I wondered whether Stu was drafting in second place, but then realised that that swimmer had too many red markings on the sleeves of their wetsuit – Stu wears a 19 rogue, which has red tiger stripes.

I then thought I spotted Stu’s familiar splashy style and his stripy arms in the chase pack of about 5 swimmers. He’s very modest about his swimming, but I know that he’s good and in a mixed ability event like this I knew he would be quite near to the front.

Second lap of the swim - Stu's there at the front of the chase pack

Second lap of the swim – Stu’s there at the front of the chase pack

At this point, Jez headed off to transition, whilst I walked down to the swim exit.

I heard the cheers from people at the water’s edge as the first white-hatted swimmer made their way up the ramp. It was brilliant to see that it was a female athlete closely followed by the man with the red sleeves that I spotted earlier.

There were then a few athletes with pink hats from earlier waves, before another female swimmer appeared and then I think it was Stu.

Stu arriving in transition after a very speedy swim

Stu arriving in transition after a very speedy swim

Stu battling his zip as he passed me

Ant appeared shortly after Stu and can be seen just behind him wearing the black and yellow trisuit.

Stu and Ant removing their wetsuits, ready to put them in plastic bags before running into the Excel centre

Stu and Ant removing their wetsuits, ready to put them in plastic bags before running into the Excel centre

Synchro wetsuit stripping from Stu and Ant

Synchro wetsuit stripping from Stu and Ant

The wetsuit stripping area

I then went back to the transition area to meet Stu as I had his bag with his clothes in it.

The bike

After Stu changed, we had a bit of a trek to try to find the bike spectator area. Unfortunately, we headed to the wrong exit from the Excel Centre, so we then had to walk the full length of it to get to the right one. We managed to get onto a bridge in time to see Jez whizzing past.

Watching the cycling. Jez can (just about) be seen under the street lamp.

Watching the cycling. Jez can (just about) be seen under the street lamp.

Again, it was great to see a wide range of people taking part from people going very quickly on beautiful tri bikes to one lady who was pedalling along quite happily on her Brompton with her handbag across her body! I didn’t get to see the turning point, but the course didn’t look as crowded as I had thought it might be. It was also good to notice that no-one seemed to be drafting, which I have noticed in a few other large triathlons.

The bike route went right across the city – on our way back I took this picture showing the Millennium Dome/O2 Arena… you can just see the cyclists going past it on the flyover.

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After we’d seen Jez go by on the bike course, Stu and I headed back inside for me to go to transition. We had another quick chat with Lindsay and before I knew it, Jez had arrived. I grabbed the chip off him and then headed out on the run.

The run

The first 500m was through the Excel Centre and down a sheltered side section. There was then a ramp down before the main part of the course. I felt like I was running fairly well, although another female runner staggered over and stumbled into me, which surprised me a bit.

Hotel by Excel Centre

Another stunning building in the area. Jez snapped this shot of a nearby hotel when he went out to watch me run © Jeremy Hollinshead

The temperature had reached 27C, so I was glad that I had chosen to wear last year’s Team SOAS vest (this year’s is black which I thought would be too hot). I wouldn’t normally drink during a 10k, but I need to keep my temperature down. I had been close to fainting on the train, and am currently anaemic, so I was playing it safe. I took a sip of water each time I passed the aid station, and thew the rest over my head.

It was good to see Stu and Jez towards the end of my first lap.

Stu spied me in the distance on the run Heading towards jez and Stu on the run course Enjoying my 10k run Smiling on the run course Tamsyn on the run course

The hardest part of each lap was heading back into the Excel Centre as the ramp felt quite steep and quite a few runners were walking up it. I think the event was well-organised, but the run route would have benefitted from a few signs reminding runners to keep left as it wasn’t always easy to pass people with walkers/slow runners right across the path.

At the top of the ramp there was a short section in the shade before heading into the building for a brief loop – the finish looked tantalisingly close. I also knew the course was going to be long as my watch was reading nearly 3k at this point. At this point I saw Lindsay heading out on her first lap looking very strong.

The 2nd loop went well and I was surprised to get through 5k in about 31 minutes.

Spotting Stu and Jez Thumbs up on the run Heading back towards the Excel Centre

Frustratingly, at 5.5k the baby decided to dig her feet into my ribs. The same thing happened in Tenby. It’s kind of like a stitch, but much more painful. I gave my ribs a rub and hoped that the pain wouldn’t last for 3k. I ran up the ramp, and walked for a few steps, which helped to ease it off a bit  and by 7k, I was feeling better again.

Tamsyn on run course

Tamsyn on run course © Jeremy Hollinshead

I kept going and appreciated all of the supporters. I had a brief chat with a lady who was wearing a SOAS tri top. I also kept an eye out for Lindsay as I expected her to pass me during the run, but she was feeling the effects of the heat.

Just after the final turn, someone shouted out to me. It was really lovely to see Jo Restall who used to swim in the same lane as me at Southampton Tri Club. Jo was doing her first Olympic triathlon – well done, Jo!

As I headed into the Excel Centre, I spotted Stu who was waiting in the team meeting point with Jez. They came out and joined me on the red carpet and we were able to finish together.

Annoyingly, my Garmin is refusing to download my data, but I know that I went through 10k in 1:05 and ended up doing just over 11k in 1:11! I had estimated that the run would take me 1:15-1:20, so I was pleased with that result.

After crossing the finish line, I drank a bottle of Lucozade and some water, whilst Jez rewarded himself with a pint of Erdinger Alkoholfrei. We were also given our medals and a buff.

Jez with his pint of Erdinger © Jeremy Hollinshead

Jez with his pint of Erdinger © Jeremy Hollinshead

After collecting our possessions from transition, we were given a natural protein bar from a brand called Tribe. I haven’t tried it yet as I didn’t feel like eating at that point.

Tribe10 bar

I hadn’t realised just how much water I had thrown on myself during my run, but after being indoors in the cool for a bit, I was starting to get cold, so I wanted to go and get changed. We passed the Bonk Triathlon stand and I decided to treat myself to a new t-shirt in a larger size as I love my other two Bonk tops, but I don’t want to stretch them now I’m getting bigger.

After a quick change, it was time for us to head home.

Medal photo in the sunshine © Jeremy Hollinshead

Jez checking that his medal is real (L-R): Stu, Tamsyn and Jez with their medals

London Triathlon medal, race number and buff

London Triathlon medal, race number and buff

Overall, I LOVED this event. It was really well-organised and I hope to be back one day to do it as an individual… although I might be tempted by the Olympic Plus event (80k bike ride).

Our final results can be seen below (although obviously we’re not all male and we do have names!)

Final results at London Tri

Final results at London Tri

As you can see from the position graph, we started off well, but didn’t really finish strong!

Our team position graph at London Tri

Our team position graph at London Tri

Stuart clearly had a cracking swim, with a speed that was far above average, and Jez also cycled far better than the average cyclist. I let the side down a bit, but as a female who’s 7.5 months pregnant, it’s perhaps not fair to compare my pace with the average male’s pace!

Our team position graph at London Tri

Our team position graph at London Tri

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