I signed up to a middle-distance triathlon in a moment of haste last year and this Saturday I had six painful hours to mull over that moment of madness as I competed in the Vitruvian triathlon in Rutland.
Rutland water is a beautiful setting for a race, full of friendly competitors, helpful marshals and a challenging course. The swim start is at sunrise and I was almost disappointed when my 1.9km swim ended and I had to get out of the water, as I’d been enjoying it so much. The “undulating” 85km bike course definitely became “hilly” on the second lap, but it was the half marathon at the end I had been dreading. Running is the my least strong discipline, but my first lap seemed to pass by quite comfortably as we ran along the edge of the reservoir, even if we were buffeted by wind crossing the dam.
Setting out for the second lap was a different story. My legs seemed to alternate between jelly and lumps of lead and even though my lap times didn’t differ too much it felt incredibly hard work. I didn’t quite meet the goal I had set for myself for the run section but it was only two minutes slower than my Hackney half marathon time, so I’m calling it a victory.
So that’s my A race completed, time to plan some new goals. Well, after some sitting on the sofa. How was your weekend running – any goals reached or PBs achieved? As usual, share your stories below the line.