“I’m just going to go and enjoy it and make sure I don’t do anything stupid before IronMan Canada”
My famous last words before this weekend’s Leeds Triathlon. As some of you may have seen on BBC2, the annual UK round of the World Triathlon Series was held in Leeds this year and gave “age groupers” like me the chance to swim, bike and run the same course (well almost) as the elite athletes. Logistics for the event were a bit cumbersome as you’d expect with well over 5000 entrants but an early start in Wave 10 meant I was away without too much trouble. The water was downright warm so I was pleased to take it steady and still be out of the 1500m swim in just under 28 minutes. Unlike the elites, our transition involved a 600m run and packing our wetsuits into bags which we then had to carry to the bike mount line so my normally slow T1 transition was for a good reason this time. Then it was out onto a great bike course with some fast downhill sections as well as tough(ish) climbs.
After a fairly good 40km bike leg I managed to somehow do a somersault over my handlebars at the dismount line. Having paused for a few seconds to count up my arms and legs (all still attached) I set off on the run – adrenaline clearly masking the damage to my wrist and the various other cuts and bruises.