RACE 1: ENGLISH SPRINT TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS
This race took place in the stunning grounds of Leeds Castle,Kent and with a course that suited me (longer bike and cross country run) It was always going to be a fun competition. It was a typical early morning start to make it to the Castle Grounds 2 hours prior to my race and I must admit, I never cease to have second thoughts when my alarm goes off at 4:30AM. I am in a warm, comfy bed why would I want to be swimming in a cold lake being punched in the face??
Anyway I had my instant (disgraceful I know) coffee and some peanut butter on toast and headed for the Castle. We were going to be swimming in the moat, which seemingly is ineffective in modern day life. The bike was a fast undulating out and back, and the run, on footpaths in the hilly castle grounds.
This was one of the most enjoyable races of the season, I even had a 3 man support crew, the number 1 of which had to be Coach Perry Agass and Mum pipped Dad at the line for a closely contested 2nd place (she did my washing afterwards)
RACE 2: PEAK DISTRICT TRIATHLON
The route was somewhat challenging with 2,400ft climbing in 24miles cycling, 650ft climbing for 6 miles on the run (off road of course) and, although the swim wasn't hilly, it was a chilly 12 degrees which means it was only just legal to go ahead. Because of these reasons, and the fact it was my longest Triathlon to date, I was very excited. It was another early start with my wave beginning at 7:10. Upon arrival at Chatsworth House at 5AM, a sense of foreboding hung in the air.
I set up transition, disinfected my wetsuit, warmed up and was toeing the river entrance by 7:20 as my race was postponed 15 minutes. I jumped into the 12C river and attempted a little swim warm up whilst freezing my bolloks off, ironic I know. Race start couldn't come soon enough, however by this point my body had seemingly given up sending blood to my brain as I found myself swimming against a large pack of women. S**T! off course, my sighting is shoddy at the best of times and when deprived of oxygen I get even worse! Anyway, a couple of angry women later and I was back on track going at a decent pace. I exited the swim in 2nd place much to my surprise and with a swift transition I was the first out onto the bike.
This season so far has truly been incredible and for that I must thank my coach PERRY AGASS and my extremely generous supporters PEDAL POTENTIAL.