This event with Xtra Mile certainly lived up to all my expectations and I would definitely recommend anyone sitting on the fence about doing a triathlon to go for it! What a well organised, fun and friendly event this was, perfect for beginners and the more experienced. I will absolutely being doing another next year.
The first competitors started arriving about 7am and Race Force was all there ready to greet them as they passed through to drop their bikes into transition. It was great to meet some many also doing their first triathlon and made me feel at ease, so I hope it did them as well. A lot of the more novice competitors also took advantage of our free safety checks which was great.
I was most nervous about the swim but once I got poolside and chatted with the others in my wave, I realised I wasn’t alone. The Xtra Mile event staff were all really helpful and before I knew it, we were in the pool and away!
I have to admit I was relieved once the swim was out of the way and I was looking forward to the bike. I was a little apprehensive about transition but having spent the morning there, I knew exactly where I was going and it was well marshalled and sign posted so you couldn’t really go wrong. I did a quick dry of the feet, socks and shoes on, helmet on and away towards the bike mount. The bike course was great, mainly country lanes with a few hills but definitely enjoyable. I did lose time on the hybrid so next time, I will absolutely be sporting a road bike. Not a necessity for this triathlon by any means but being of a naturally competitive nature, I knew I could be quicker.
Back into transition for a minimal 57 seconds and I was off on the 6.3k run. As a runner, this was my favourite aspect of the triathlon. There were 2 footbridges to cross, one at the start and one the end. At the first bridge my legs were still a little jelly like from the bike so I knew I had to run steady until my legs caught up which didn’t take too long. The run wasn’t without its own hills but this made for a much more interesting and fun run. Once I got to the last bridge, I knew I was nearly home and a sprint finish was in order!
Success! My first sprint triathlon completed with a huge smile on my face. I cannot wait until next season to do another one. I will definitely be working on my bike time over the winter, ready for next year. If you are reading this debating whether or not to register, just do it! I promise you won’t regret it.
Well done Amy!!
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