What a great event. I wonder why I never tried it sooner.
400m swim, 15 miles bike, 4 miles run.
The morning started very early, like 5.45am! My swim was 8am so I needed to get up and have something to eat. Not easy at that time in the morning, forced feeding it felt like. The drive to get there was about an hour, not too bad.
Anyway the event! Got there, being my first I didn't have a clue what to do, but no need to worry everyone was just so friendly and helpful. I deposited my bike, layed out my things next to it in order of going on and went to get my number written on my limbs. So far so good, felt nervous but not as bad as I thought.
The swim was running late, but my turn came and I was in a lane with 3 other women, one of whom was too fast for us and lapped us all. I personally was very pleased as swimming isn't my strongest discipline, but I was able to keep my front crawl going apart from a couple of lengths in the middle. I think the swim took about 10mins. After heaving! myself out of the pool in an ungainly fashion I ran outside for the bike leg.
I think this transition went quite smoothly. At my bike just stood on a towel to dry my feet quickly, put on socks and running shoes, I don't have bike shoes, then vest, helmet, glasses, bike off the rack and ran to the bike mounting area. The first part of the bike route was very nice on country roads that had a good surface. I tried to pick up the speed here, knowing that the middle section was undulating with on steepish hill. Felt strong and pushed on. The middle bit as mentioned wasn't as easy, it went through a village and was twisty and undulating. Could feel it in my quads by now, but believed my running strength would see me clear of this section. After leaving the village and minor roads we came out on to a very busy (A)road, where I have to admit I did not like too much. Traffic seemed to just get a little too close for comfort. However, I actually felt quite strong at this stage and pushed myself quite hard, but felt I wanted to go faster. I think I need to work on using my gears to better this part of my cycling. Anyhow, the final 4 miles consisted of more busy road and 2 roundabouts before climbing another hill to finish back at the leisure centre where I dismounted my bike and jogged it to my area.
Boy what a strange feeling! My legs were so heavy I wasn't sure I could walk never mind run. They also felt like jelly. As I wasn't going to be in a position to win anything I wasn't too concerned with how long it took me to do the run section. The course was quite pleasant being all on coutry lanes, it wasn't too undulating until the final mile where we had to run the same hill that the bike finished on. I think it took me 3 miles to loosen up and have to say I didn't really enjoy the run part because I just couldn't seem to lengthen my stride. Obviously something else to work on. Mind there must have been other feeling worse as I passed quite a few at this stage.
Overall it was a great morning and I can't wait until next summer to do some more. I think I did just enougth training for this one but more bike miles might have seen me less spent after the cycling.