The 12th August saw the Bristol Triathlon take place at Bristol Harbourside. As some of you know, I have been training (to a degree) to take part in it to raise money for St Peter's Hospice who take care of families suffering with cancer. The training hadn't gone as well as I had hoped and felt extremely under prepared. My wife was telling me to pull out as she didn't want me having a heart attack or something! I felt very comforted by that! Still, I had said that I was going to complete the Triathlon and that was what I intended to do. It didn't matter that I hadn't swam in a wetsuit before never mind in open water or that I have never tried all three disciplines together for any length of distance.
Well, when the horn sounded I wished I had trained properly because cramp set in immediately and meant that I had to try and swim with one leg. The swim was the hardest for me and as the other racers sped off I was left behind as the steady tortoise to their hares. It did become a bit worrying that all the safety canoes followed me and kept asking if I wanted to stop for a rest! It took an age for me to get around the course and hobble out of the water. I could see my family all looking worried as I began to run to the bike area and remove my wetsuit. simon
The bike section was easier simply because I didn't have to haul my full body weight around and made full use of all the gears available. The run section I was not looking forward to. When I came in to park the bike and start running my legs felt like jelly. Still, I put one foot in front of the other and started running. Every now and again my other leg would seize up and I would have to run with a hobble but it died down eventually and allowed me to keep going. As I came round the final bend to see the finish I cannot tell you how good it felt to have completed it and to still be alive.
Still, we raised money for a good cause which will go on to help many other people and thank you to everyone who sponsored me. You can still donate on our Just Giving page to help even more. Next year I will be better prepared!