I started this year just being chuffed to have qualified for the European Championships, determined to do myself proud. So from January I trained my arse off (literally, someone pointed out), and amazed myself with an overall first in Trowbridge’s Big T Standard Tri in early May (my first ever triathlon win), and then winning my age group at the European Championships later that month. This was shaping up to be an awesome year!
Ahh, after Aberfeldy’s unpleasantness two weeks ago normal service has been resumed as I totally loved the Haddington Sprint Triathlon today. Phew. Sprint triathlons – a wee 750 m swim, 20 k bike and 5 k run – are much shorter than I’ve been training for, so I didn’t put much pressure on myself. It was an end-of-season blast.
The swim was hard (12:02), the cycle was fast (35:23), and I felt really strong on the run (20:50). Apart from when I accidentally took on a tree, and the tree won. I finished in 1:09:38: a full 11 minutes quicker than my 2013 time on the same course (~1 min faster swim, ~7 min faster bike, and ~2 min faster run). I thoroughly loved the race, and was overjoyed with that result. And then I found out I was first female overall! A good day out. Triathlon: all is forgiven.