Thomas and Peter travelled to Cupar in Fife for the first proper triathlon since the club was formed. At the time of entering it seemed a good way to avoid having to run up all the hills in the Kirroughtree forest races, but we found some trials of our own.
Having got to Cupar on the Saturday evening we phoned the National Junior coach to ask where it was possible to camp for the night, and ended up sleeping on her floor, along with what seemed like half of the Scottish elite squad (thanks, Fiona. The hospitality was much appreciated).
Sunday morning started cold and drizzly but it was too late to back out. The elite wave started first, followed by juniors and those tackling the mini tri (400m swim, 10km bike and 3km run) in the second heat. Thomas was easily first out of the swim but lost this lead by stopping to put on a top, gloves and thermal undies before the bike section. (OK, the thermal undies are an exaggeration)but only fourth out on the bike. More transition practice needed, but a good race.
Peter's race was over the sprint distance of 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run. It was my first ever event including swimming, and the butterflies fluttered as I stood on the poolside waiting for my heat to start. Once underway, however, things were too busy to worry about nerves. The swim was not too bad, apart from being passed a few times: I must get faster, but I managed to more than regain the lost places on the bike and run sections. The bike was two laps of a 10km circuit, and the 5km run was three laps over a mix of wooded footpaths and grassy fields. For those of you who have still to try a hard bike/run session I can promise that your legs will feel horrible when you start running, but the sensation of lifelessness doesn't last long. By the second lap the running wasn't feeling too bad.
I eventually finished as 19th Veteran athlete, which I was not too displeased with for a first try at tri, and Thomas was the first finisher in the 14-15 age group, and has subsequently been selected for the Scottish Junior squad for a race at Rivington, Manchester in June, which is also a selection race for the GB junior squad.
For anybody who is at all uncertain we can thoroughly recommend a triathlon as a great way to spend a day. Look at the what's on page or the notice board at the pool to get dates of events coming up