Fancy a Threesome - 3 sisters sign up for a Triathlon

Swim Bike Run Repeat

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First triathlon of the season. 

We figured if we signed up for one, we’d be more motivated to get training. Right?

Wrong. 

Swim bike run repeat

All it meant was that we found ourselves driving to Oxford to take part in the Radley Good Friday Triathlon woefully underprepared, a bit chubby and slightly concerned that one or both of us was going to pop out of our tri-suit mid-competition.

You’ll be pleased to hear we got through it and not too shabbily either, 2nd and 3rd out of the pool and neither of our bikes fell apart (even after a winter spent gathering cobwebs in our respective garages).  There was a lovely chocolate egg surprise at the end and we have to say much respect to TryTri/Rees Leisure team for putting on a well organised and friendly event. Every marshal had a smile and something supportive to yell even in the pouring icy horizontal rain showers.

What I had forgotten is how much there is to remember when competing in a triathlon, so much more than in relatively straightforward running or cycling event. You have your usual, what time to get there, how to get there, where to get your race number, where is the start etc etc.

But on top of that you have to remember and work out (in rough sequential order):

  • What to pack – there are so many variations, you don’t want to be too hot, but you don’t want to be cold. You want options but you don’t want to have to take a suitcase to transition with you
  • Where and when is the race briefing
  • Where to set up in transition (make sure bike is not in high gear before you rack in – FAIL)
  • When to head to the pool
  • What wave you are going in
  • What lane to swim in
  • What order of start within that lane
  • Where you had racked your bike
  • What clothes to put on and in what order to put your clothes on (and on Friday, let me tell you we needed a lot of layers, the wind was BRISK)
  • Make sure you take on fluids (i.e. have a drink for us normal folk)
  • PUT YOUR HELMET ON
  • Where to get on your bike
  • Which way to ride
  • When to get off your bike
  • DON’T TAKE YOUR HELMET OFF
  • Re-rack bike
  • Take helmet off
  • Adjust layers/change clothes for run
  • Where to run out
  • Which way to run (hint: don’t try and run the bike route again)
  • Do I sprint the final 100m or not (NOT)
  • Collect medal, take photos, eat chocolate egg
  • Go back and get your bike
  • PUT YOUR HELMET BACK ON
  • Back to car
  • Home
  • Relax (without your helmet on)

I’m exhausted just writing about it.

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