Having dipped my toe back into the sporting world during 2007 (a triathlon
and a long distance bike ride, raising some money for charity along the way).
I enjoyed them so much, I went mad in
2008. Five triathlons and one duathlon - I dread to think what 2009 will
bring (as of 24/Nov, a full diary by the looks of things).
Spurred on by the success of the Blenheim Triathlon in early June, I took
part in a second triathlon, the Cotswold, in September and had what I can only
describe as a great time. Not only did I beat my Blenheim time by a
considerable margin (down from 1.51:54 to 1.32:07), and made some new friends in
the pre-race preparation, but just got such a huge buzz out of the whole event.
I enjoyed it so much, I'm hungry and eager for more in 2008.
Right now (late November) I have completed five triathlons, and also
completed a duathlon.
And let's not forget the bike ride! The events were:
May - 11th -
Stratford 220, Stratford-upon-Avon
June - 8th - Mazda Blenheim Triathlon, Woodstock - 750m/20km/5km.
June 15 - London-Brighton
Bike Ride - 54 miles - for the British Heart Foundation - raised £180. Thank you
to everyone who helped, it was a good day out.
July - time off for good behaviour!
August - 9th - Mazda London Triathlon, Docklands
- in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association; raised £580, a huge
thanks to all who have donated so generously. Why the MNDA? For those
of you who know me - see here. Who knows, I may add some photos....
September - 7th - Cotswold Triathlon, Keynes Country Park, South Cerney.
November - 23rd - For reasons best left unknown, I allowed myself to be talked into trying a
Duathlon, and so my first such was the 'Chilly' at
Castle Combe Race Circuit; it was, oddly enough, quite fun.
The triathlons are referred to as a 'sprint', which
just goes to prove that triathletes do have a sense of humour. Of course, it
could be the sights spectators enjoy, watching us competitors struggle around in our lycra and rubber....
For a sprint, the distances are 750m swim, followed by a 20km cycle ride and, finally, a 5km
run (the 'Olympic' is double the distance). However, distances will vary slightly, depending on the location of
each event. At Blenheim for instance, the bike leg is around 19.8km, and
the run 5.4km.
Regardless of length, I will be
aiming to try and complete all of that in around 90 minutes although, to be
perfectly honest, finishing will be achievement enough. My best time in
2007 (of two) was 1 hour 32 minutes 7 seconds, and I'm hoping to get down to
around 1 hour 20 by six race in October.
Why am I doing these? Oddly enough, for fun, although I suspect I won't be
thinking in such terms, especially during the triathlons. I spent most of 2006
rediscovering myself, getting fit and healthy, and it seemed like a good idea to
have something to aim for, hence my signing up in 2007 for the Blenheim
Triathlon and the Bike Ride. The
opportunity to try and raise a little money for charity along the way was a
bonus. Still is....