So the Alarm went off at 6am this morning after a pretty horrid nights sleep wondering what today would bring, after checking my kit 8 times last night and 4 times this morning I was good to go, got to the venue (Downey Lake Windsor) around 8am ready to set transition etc.
As Id read so much about the setup etc I seemed to know exactly where I needed things and where things should go ready for the next leg of the race.
Westuited up and ready to go!
The Water was 11 degrees which was nice and chilly! started from the back but soon realised that I was pacing like I used to swim when I was younger, pushing past people being rather ruthless when it came to etiquette. I actually swam over someone at one point because I couldn't go round, I was powering through and did`nt look back came out the water around 6th/7th place
Swim Time - 00:06.33 (not bad for a first open water race)
T1 - Wetsuit off and got cycling top on, found myself wasting time here drying my feet and putting my socks on and made the rookie mistake of throwing my wet wetsuit on my running trainers, Wont be doing that again
T1 Time - 00:02.31
The bike was a 4 lap route of the lake which was super flat, I had saved my legs in the swim to ensure I had some energy for the bike. The headwind was quite tough on the way down the lake but great for the way back, I did feel like I was going well and was keeping up with guys on bikes probably costing well over £5,000.
Bike Time - 00:38.12
T2 - This was a much simpler transition, literally straight in bike shoes off and running trainers on, helmet off for cap and away I went.
T2 Time - 00:00:57
Run - I have always thought of myself as a fairly decent runner and have practised off the bike but did realise that I need more work on this as by the run was legs were shot. The route was a 2 lap straight up and back halfway up the lake, this was horrid as the headwind again was tough to run into and it felt like it was never going to end, a brief sprint for the line finishing the race.
Run Time - 00:23:45
Overall Time 01:11:58
Im very happy with the race today and its taught me alot about ways to speed up areas and places to go abit easier, Wimbleball is now 8 weeks away. Feeling focused and confident that I can finish it.