After a fantastic holiday in Italy where plenty of cycling was order
of the week I haven't got back into the swing of competing so a local
low key sprint tri in Ely last weekend was the first for a while.
Because of the summer holidays and children being around training has
been squeezed in where possible but all in all I feel quite fit and
healthy for once!
looking down to lake Como
All went reasonable in the 400m swim and T1 but out
on the bike course I managed a first and at an unmarshalled and unmarked
roundabout took the wrong direction and added an extra 2.5km onto the
21km route- disaster in a sprint race. I knew then I'd blown my first
1st for the year but decided to plug on and finish. The cycle route was
pretty awful with a stretch of road surface that the council had long
ago forgotten about , openness that meant the wind was a major factor
and two busy roads with plenty of fast moving traffic and, as others
agreed, a lack of race directions . Back to T2 in one piece and and
straight forward transition meant I could go out and enjoy the run. This
was a great two lap rough course which was fun and because of the rest
of the good organization of the event it is one to consider again as a
nice, small, local Triathlon.
With prizes just for the first two males and females I was surprised to pick up a trophy for - 2nd!
A year of 2nd's but this time more surprised than
ever - I must try and memorize routes better and not do that again as it
could have been a 1st - maybe next time!!!