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Whatcha! I'm Annie, a 30 something plodder. I reside (& sometimes run & do other triathlonny activities) in Barth. My greatest foe (apart from crisps 'n woine) is my cozy, comfy, warm, yet extreeeeemely Evil Sofa[TM]that insists on sucking me up, rather than letting me get to get out for a swim, cycle, or run.

JUN 8 Cotswold Women Only Triathlon: Race Report

seeannietriby seeannietriJun 8th 2009
The Cotswolds. It's not for boys. Well at least once a year, anyway.

On Sunday I took part in the Cotswold Women Only Triathlon: I was up well before the larks, downed some obligatory porridge, checked m'list of the 280 things to remember to take to a triathlon for a final time & was on the road before I quite had time to a) realise what I was doing & b) had time to wake up.

I was pleased I hadn't opted to camp on the race site the night before this time - as it'd been pretty torrential overnight and m'warm duvet was a much better plan than a soggy sleeping bag. And although the roads were well puddly, the rain held off on Sunday which was super noice. If a little on the dark 'n chilly side.

I didn't arrive with much time to spare & had about 15 minutes to register and rack-up: while desparately trying to keep caaaaaalm, collected, while remembering where to place what for the all-important transition change over. And this year I took note of where I'd parked m'bike! Bonus. (Unlike last year!!)

Then it was time for the tricky part:


Mmm hmmm.

As I'd done some swimming training this year I decided to start at the front of the pack - whooooooooooooah!

I seemed to get away pretty quickly, though (no one came even close to drowning me) & then I made a slightly fundamental error: I forgot to practice m'"sighting" (having a little lookie-see where you are now and again) & took a slightly lengthy route:


And then I made fundamental swimming error #2 - I realised I was quite a bit stronger than a group of 3 swimmers in front of me - but found myself tucking in behind them. Bit of drafting see. BUT I do wonder if i should have overtaken them...

Finally - there was a woman swimming to my right that sounded like she was having some kind of panic attack. "Ah ah ah ah .. aaah. Ah ah ah. Ok. Ok. Ok. Okkkaaaay" was all she could muster, while glugging along. Which is NOT what you want to hear in a cold, dark, deep lake. I tried to encourage her on a bit. To which she replied "Ok. Ok. Ok." ad nauseum. Not nice. (We were almost there - so I'm pretty sure she made it...)

The upshot: I came 11th out 50 swimmers. Good.

Then to the bike. The pesky pesky pesky (pesky) bike. I felt like I grafted pretty hard on the bike, m'thighs burned like mad, and I gnaaaared my way around the 20km bike course. I improved on last year's bike ride by about 10 minutes - but was still pretty pants: coming 44th out of 50 laydies. I mussssst try and find out where I'm going wrong...

Then the ungracious dismount (they're never easy), the just-got-orf-m'horse jog to transition, and the 2.5km run - round the lake. Puff puff. 34th out of 50 for the run.

My final time for the 400m swim, 20km bike, 2.5km run and transitions was 1 hour 15. 39th of 50. 12th to last: a slight improvement on last year's 4th to last!

The whole thing was daunting, overwhelming, knackering, exhilerating.

Would I do it again?

Hell, yeah!!
SwimSwim7min per day(20%)0.3km per day
BikeBike25min per day(74%)3.8km per day
RunRun1min per day(5%)0.4km per day
Stats for: Jun 2nd 2009 to Jun 8th 2009 (7 days)
Wilkoby member: Wilko, Jun 9th 2009 08:49

I see you have got your training stats on the blog post!

I use the total training time and distance, and select the last 7 days (for my weekly updates)

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