Well the big day came round all to quickly. Having worked round a dodgy hamstring for the 8 weeks before the race I was glad to be able to just get on with it.
The last minute checks done it was lovely to get in the water, far warmer than the air temperature, enough to give a soft misty look to the lake so much so that the 10 foot by 3 foot yellow buoys were hard to pick out at times! Swim over it was on to the main event the bike !
As has been said many times its hilly, just as well we had all visited the route before. I felt fairly comfortable on the climb away from the lake which was disconcerting and on the first downhill I found out why; it was cold, very cold, I really sympathised with those that chose to wear just a singlet. First lap felt OK , second lap the hills had lost any of their novelty value but I kept a good rhythm. Into transition in about 3hr 10 so happy camper. Not ridiculously tired and ready to run.
Had a brief word with Fiona as she wizzed past me in the transition tent then the run…..
Left transition and the hamstring started twitching and by the first big down hill it was obvious that I would have to stop or completely shred the muscle so for a change I took the sensible option and stopped.
The only positive was being able to support the rest of the team out on the course especially Fiona’s finish! Everyone worked increadibly hard over the whole day Lyndon scuppered by a puncture, Emma thwarted be a very harsh time limit, Fiona, Chris and Andy battling through and Rob with what can only be described and awesome result. Very happy and proud to have been part of the Team!!