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Welcome to my world.I'm going through a mid life crisis and trying to be the best i can at triathlon with very limited ability! I work as aTrain Driver on the East Coast Main Line, and thought writing this blog would show people who work awful shifts can try and fit in a great sport and keep you fit! I've just been selected to be an ambassador for Xterra Wetsuits so expect plenty of pictures in their wetsuits!

2 Triathlons and a Wedding.

DazzaTri72by DazzaTri72May 20th 2013
Hello from a newly wed!!! Yes she turned up and didn't have the jitters or a better offer!
I know this is a tri blog, but feel putting things about my personal life and family are as important, if not more important, as without the support, us triathletes wouldn't be able to acheive the goals we do!
The Wedding weekend started off on a bit of a downer as my beloved Peterborough United got relegated from The Championship, no suprise I hear you all say!
Anyway after a few pints and a couple of Sambuca's, with my best man the eve before my big day, things were soon forgotton!
Sunday the 5th May, started with a swim, to clear hangover, and then a cooked breakfast.Then it was up to Barnsdale Lodge near Rutland water for a fantastic day to marry Joanna Allen. Everything was perfect, and the T (Triathlon) word, was hardly mentioned all day!
Right then, now on to the serious stuff (only kidding wife)!
A week later it was another early start to prepare for Grantham Sprint Tri. I got there in good time for a cheeky coffee and nervous wee, and to rack bike etc.It was also nice to catch up with good friend Mat Stephenson, who had travelled down from Stockport! It was worth it though as he kept the flag flying for us 40 plus years guys with a 3rd finish overall and won his age group!! I on the other hand felt a bit tired and didn't enjoy the swim as got smacked about a bit, the bike was lumpy and windy, but did ok on the run and came 31st overall and 6th in AG.
It was then back to work for 5 late shifts, so training for the week was very limited as on Sunday it was race face back on for the St Neots Sprint Tri, which would also be the 1st Open Water Tri of the year, in my lovely new Xterra Vortex 4 wetsuit!!
This was also the 1st week my Wife would be coming to watch her Triathlete husband(still seem strange saying that)!
We woke to a very strange thing in the sky...SUN!! wow, I was up and buzzing, blue skies, sun and no fen blow!! What a difference a week makes.
We set off in good time, once the Wife had decided which scarf to choose and if she was going to make some rolls etc!!! Can't help but love her!xx
When we got to St Neots, we saw some familiar faces and a good turnout from Stamford Tri Club. It was also nice to see young Tom Stead, and his Mum and Dad who help run the event through Nicetri. Tom eventually finished 2nd to show us old uns how to do it. Well done!
Before the race we had a good chat to friends, who had come to support, and my Dad also turned up, which always gives me a boost.
Anyway at 0810 I was off swimming down the River Ouse, and flapped about for 14mins and 46 Secs! Boy I was pleased that was over with. Straight in to transistion, and wow, no faffing!! Wetsuit off, bike shoes and helmet on and I was off. The bike went well on a fairly lumpy but fast course, and I was pleased with a 40min split for the 25K.
A 33 second Transistion and I was off on the run, again I was happy with how it went, and posted a time of just over 20 minutes! Well happy with that.
I came 25th overall and am very pleased with how things went and to have good friends, family and my lovely wife there at the end made it a brilliant event!
I finished with a time of 1.17.02, but can't help but think I may have been quicker if I had not had 2 roast dinners and a bar of wholenut the night before!!
We stayed and watched the rest of our friends finish and everyone performed well, big mention to Claire Stilgrove, who completed her 1st Triathlon. That was the excuse we needed to head down the local in the afternoon to celebrate her finishing her 1st event! cheers!
The next stop for team Kelly is the Grafham Water Olympic distance Tri, so will now be training for that, amongst doing my husband chores and driving my train,
this 21st man just keeps on going!!!
Fair well people, train well, eat well, but most of all, smile and enjoy our great sport!

P.S. Thought I best mention a massive well done to all the guys and girls who did Mallorca 70.3, and each and everyone of them 'smashed it'. Great effort. :-)
lizwakemanby member: lizwakeman, May 31st 2013 10:29
Sounds like a wonderful few days that you'll never forget (apart from the football bit ;-) )
 
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