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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!

The great outdoors!!!

DazzaTri72by DazzaTri72Jun 13th 2013
Triathlete's have to be tough, and that my friends is a fact! Why? Well you may ask my lovely followers! The answer....The Great British Summer!!! But the toughest and bravest people of all are our supporters and the endless band of volunteers who stand out there, freezing their whatsits off, shouting at us, giving us drinks and instructions! I raise a mug of hot chocolate to you all!!
This brings me nicely to my next race....The Grafham Water Olympic Distance Triathlon, run by the fantastic club that is NICETRI, based at St Neots.
Team Kelly had decided to camp at Houghton Mill for the weekend, a lovely spot in a picture postcard village, just 20 minutes from Grafham water.
The forecast for the weekend was cracking, 22oc, blue skies and sunshine! The week leading up to our camping/tri trip had been fantastic, typical that I was stuck in my metal tube for 7 of the best late shifts! But hey ho, I was buzzing because the weather folk were predicting the fine summer to carry on, their never wrong are they!?
Anyway, we set off from Deeping St James in fine form on Friday 7th June, shades on, bike glistening in the sun, tunes were on( well Gracie wanted Elton John on repeat for an hour)! and air con on cool....Happy days indeed!
The tent was up in no time, despite an increasing wind from the East, still, who cares we were warm and happy.
Saturday arrived and the nerves started to kick in a bit, so I went for an hours spin on the bike, Jo and G, went to my parents to pick up a bigger wind break!! Things then went down hill rapidly! The famous fen blow picked up and brought the clouds so low we could almost touch them, the temperature dropped and depression set in! Could it get any worse????
Oh yes, the neighbours from hell pitched up with loads of kids and adults slowley getting piddled on pimms! (I guess that makes them posh, but loud and annoying all the same)!!
A bad nights sleep followed before race day, gutted! I got up at 6am, feeling quite unmotivated and cheesed off too be honest. The wind was blowing hard, and it was 10oc! I spent a good 45 minutes in the shower block, thawing out and getting ready!
I headed to Grafham Water in low spirits, a cheeky pitstop at the BP garage for a nervous loo stop and strong coffee, this seemed to picked me up.
It was nice to see fellow club members, Kevin Hamlyn and Kerry Rough, and we did question our sanity!!
We donned our wetsuits, and jumped into the water for a warm up, it was to be the warmest part of the day!
Swim went ok, just over 28mins, went to T1 to get on bike and nearly collapsed! My legs went wobbly and I just couldn't focus...weird!
Eventually I got on bike and had a strong ride on a undulating course and that fen blow was still blowing, entered T2 after 1hr04mins on bike.
The run was ok, but slow, again it was undulating and tough, I lost 5 places on the run which is poor and bugged me all day! As my teachers would say 'work to do Kelly'!!
I finished in a time of little over 2hours 19mins, coming 5th in my Age Group and 35th overall, so not bad, as my aim was to complete an Olympic Tri in september!
It was great to have my Wife and daughter there braving the elements to support me, also big thanks to other friends coming to support, it means a lot!
It was a fantastic event and NICETRI know how to organise these events, and a massive thank you to those guys!
After the race it was back to the campsite for a bbq with family and friends and would you believe it the sun came out!!!!
But this is what makes the Triathlon family different, we (athletes, supporters and organisers) don't give up and just get on with it, and do it with a smile on our faces. :-)
Well the next stop for Team Kelly, is up at Ripon, North Yorkshire for the The Black sheep Triathlon. And yes we will be camping and we will be keeping an eye on the weather!!
Happy racing folks, stay safe, race hard and give 100%...remember it's a hobby not an obsession(unlike the weather forecast)!

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