This is a Report of someone who is a pretty much a newbie to the Sport, I actually did the Dublin City Triathlon last year and from there I was hooked.
So the Sprint TriAthy would be my second triathlon race ever, believe me the word nervous doesn’t even describes it close .
I know that my training is still all over the place and sometimes not happening at all . I guess I will take this season to see what works for me and what not.
So with that in mind I went to Athy, sorted out the registration and was really happy to find out that I would be in the first wave , that meant I wouldn’t even have time to get really nervous.
I racked my bike and got into the wetsuit, from there I told myself ,the only goal I have, is to enjoy and finish this race.
My biggest fear was, that last year’s experience was a fluke, I should not have been worried , I know now more than ever, that I’m hooked .
Into the water we went , the water was not as cold as I feared, I kept to the back of my wave because I know that I’m a really bad and slow swimmer , something else to tackle this year .
The upstream part was hard, I thought I never would be able to survive that part, the downstream was nice and I was able to find a rhythm and the only problem remained to swim in a straight line , another thing I have to learn.
Out of the water I came and from there I knew I would finish the race , I took my time at transition, getting the wetsuit off without falling over is still a bit tricky, after that I grabbed my bike and went out onto the cycling course. The first half of the course was nice and easy enough.
The wind was in my back and it was flat or downhill , only problem was, that I lost my water bottle in the first couple of minutes.
After the first 10km the turning point came and as expected the wind came from the front and the course was now flat or uphill.
Since I didn’t want to blow out, I kept it at an easy enough pace for me.
I’m always worried about cramping, one of my mayor issues , it sometimes hits me really bad and I can’t get rid of these cramps.
So I did everything I could to avoid cramps. Transition came again I racked my bike and went out to the running course. I had not known that most of the run would be on trail terrain so with the normal runners it was a bit slippery, but I enjoyed every single second of it and at the finish line I realised that I could have easily continued.
This race was all about learning for me and I learned bucket loads the most important lesson I learned is that I’m hooked to Triathlon, so next Time I might even begin and think about times