Last year Trowbridge had been my second ever tri and I wanted to go back and revisit again to judge my performance and see if all this training was working.
So I was actually in a late wave ( that's becoming quite common for me nowadays). Just before I entered the pool for the briefing I necked the secret ingredient that they call.... (drum roll) BEET IT stamina shot. I didn't realise I had dropped a bit on my swim card so when I handed my card over they all thought I was bleeding...... and then I had to give my secret away.......as if gagging in the corner after drinking it wasn't enough!!!! The swim went well, 8.31 not my fastest time but a darn site quicker than last year 9.52.
I headed out across the tarmac (long transition) onto a lumpy tarmac, not too pleasant on the feet in places, and grabbed the bike. My sunglasses then decided to fall apart as I put them on but hey it wasn't sunny! Again a long transition but I was out on the bike and away. The ride wasn't as flat as I had remembered and boy it was windy!!! I overtook a lot of riders within the first 5km... you know the scene... sights lock on moving target... set those sights and aim that beetroot turbo power!!! I didn't take my garmin after very nearly losing it twice last week so I had no idea of distance and speed. I felt like I had made good time and on some of the inclines I had been shouting in my head "if Helen Jenkins can do it... I can do it.. GO HELEN, GO HELEN! This years time 54.50 beating 57.42 last year.
I did talk to the marshals about running the extra bit but the route was clearly marked and theres nothing I could do.... that's fair enough. The excellent thing about DB max events is that you can get a print out slip of your times straight away and when I got mine I was second in my age cat. REALLY!!!!!! wow I was sooo excited.... I was hoping and praying that no one would come in any faster. Then they announced that the last runners were in and again I checked and I was indeed 2nd in my age cat. I was so happy I knew there was a prize for 1st and 2nd in that age cat... my first ever. I know the field was relatively small compared to some races but hey I had won. There was 12 in my age group and I was second. I had beaten the winners swim time and bike time but she was a sleuth on the run beating my 26mins with a defiant 21 mins.
So in conclusion
- 2nd in age cat out of 12
- 9th out of 42 women
- and 94th overall.