After a first dip in the water at the weekend, I’ve been looking forward to the first Try Tri Events mid-week aquathlon of 2013, at Eastleigh Lakeside.
Both Reading Lake (the Tri2O Swim Centre) and Eastleigh Lake (Try Tri Events) opened for the 2013 season this last week. I twice failed to drag myself down to Eastleigh to begin taking advantage of the month’s free swimming pass that was in the goody bag from Winchester Duathlon, but did make it up to Reading this morning. Having to scrape the ice off my car first thing made me rather apprehensive – but actually the cold air probably made the water feel warmer, and at 12 °C it was really very pleasant. The Reading Lake usually has a 750m course laid out, but they’ve started with a shorter one to keep everyone closer to base for the moment. I managed 9 laps, about 3.6 km, in an hour swim. The water was lovely and clear, and the sun shining throughout. It was quite warm enough to de-wetsuit on the decking afterwards, before driving home for second breakfast! I’m now looking forward to my first aquathlon of the year, Eastleigh Aquathlon Race 1, on Thursday.
Phew, I’m glad to have survived that! Winchester Duathlon turned into less of a straightforward run-bike-run and more of an adventure race, yesterday.
Result: 3rd/77 overall
Entered Eastleigh Aquathlon series race 4 tonight just to ensure I managed one training session this week between camping and Paralympics. Arrived at 18:05 with Em and kids, having driven thru showers and into sun from Bstoke. Got my race number and swim hat, and then after getting numbered on my arm but before my shin… Thunder and lightning…
Result: Race cancelled 🙁
Last night I popped down to Eastleigh for my first ever aquathlon, with an exorbitant £8.50 entry fee. It’s a series, last Thursdays in the month and this was the third of 5 races.
OK, second free moment since the race to reflect. Android seems to have discarded the first report I wrote. 🙂
Result: 10th/144 overall (bit disappointing)
Back in 2007 and again in 2009 I raced the Winchester Fast Twitch triathlon, being more or less my most local race. While I’ve been away, Concept Sport seem to have slimmed down the FT series considerably, but up has popped Try Tri Events. Monday was their fourth May Day Tri in Winchester.
Result: 5th*/139 overall