Newbury Triathlon

A first timers race report!

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01/09/2003 at 11:02
I arrived at the Race HQ with plenty of time and after registering I went through and racked my bike. My nerves weren’t helped by the fact that I was surrounded by men as I was race No5 (nearest lady no15)… all experienced tri racers and one guy in particular thought it was very amusing to patronised me on being a first timer… I was incredible nervous about being overtaken on the bikes and it would just be me pottering round the course at the back on my own…

Anyway to the start of the swim… 300yds or 4 lengths of the 75yds pool… jumped in to start and boy it was cold… took me the entire swim to catch my breath. My brother started 30seconds behind me and I had this underlying fear that he would catch me before the end… but I finished the swim in 4:31 and was out of the pool before him.

Off to transition – the cold water had really got to me and a very dizzy transition later I ran out with my bike alongside my brother (great photo opportunity!!)… straight up a hill, round some steep bends and out onto the open road for the 22k loop. My brother had driven me round the course beforehand which I found a huge help as he had pointed out sections of the road to be wary of, when to pick up speed downhill for following uphill etc… so I just went for it! As predicted the 5 guys behind me overtook me, but I did actually overtake a couple of others which cheered me up immensely and it wasn’t so bad. The bike section is my weakest part but I came in a smiling 46mins (49:02 including transitions) having picked up speeds much faster than I had reached in training…

Back to transition – dumped bike, got my trainers on with a little struggle and back out. Remembered all the advice from on here about little steps etc and just went from there. The run was lovely, along little tracks and down along the canal, I finally got my legs back with about a mile to go and picked off a few competitors along the way (shouting encouragement as I went!) completed the 5k in 19:35.

My total time was 1:13:08, which made me…

1st Female Novice (for which I got a cup); 7th Female Open and 8th Lady overall… not bad for a Sunday out!
01/09/2003 at 11:04
Wow Spans, nice work!!!! Blimey! Excellent, well done you!

19:35 5K - sheesh!
01/09/2003 at 11:11
Great work Spans!

sub 20 is good for a 5k even without all the other gubbins beforehand :)
01/09/2003 at 11:12
SPANS!!!! Brilliant!!

I am SO impresse - [Jj kowtows in 'I am not worthy' stylee]
01/09/2003 at 11:16
My heroine!

well done mate.
iron fraggle    pirate
01/09/2003 at 11:16
Wow Spans! What a star!!
well done mate, I'm dead proud!
01/09/2003 at 11:23
Thanks guys, I am quite proud of myself at the mo and will definetly be doing another one... just need to find the money to buy myself aa bike now... that is definitly the section that needs the most work as overall I was 17th fastest in the swim and 72nd in the run but... 116th in the cycle!
01/09/2003 at 11:25
Well done Spans! Fantastic result.

And a trophy for the forum cabinet.

Keep it polished!
iron fraggle    pirate
01/09/2003 at 11:26
Spans - AW Cycles(they have a website and at least one shop in Reading) is offering interest-free credit at the moment, and I know the Mr is getting interested in a road bike - wonder if I can persuade hin that two new ones are better than one?!
01/09/2003 at 11:34
Well done Spans - serious swimmer I see! ans sub 20 for 5k! Must have been an excellent bottle of .... the night before. Treasure the Cup.
01/09/2003 at 12:30
Spans, that's fanastic. I wish I was as fast as you. Then maybe I'd have the guts to give a tri a go.
01/09/2003 at 12:46
That is awesome you! Great stuff!!!
01/09/2003 at 13:05
Spans - what did I tell you? Ironman is calling you... I'd put money on it - I'd give you 2 or 3yrs...

And a huge WELL DONE!!!!
01/09/2003 at 13:05
Well Done Spans top effort with the reward of a cup - the start of more I hope.
01/09/2003 at 13:13
I'm sorry I hadn't put 2 and 2 together and worked out a trip to your brothers was Traithlon weekend. Would like to have wished you well.

Excellent performance, you must be really chuffed with yourself.

That 5k time is pretty amazing on its own

Well done
WildWill    pirate
01/09/2003 at 13:29
Spans - Great stuff and an amazing 5k - well done
01/09/2003 at 13:58
and Pantman, what did I tell you... noooo!!!

Might do an Olympic distance one next year but need loads of work on the bike first...

BK - no worries

Cup is still sparkling on my desk at the mo... well it had to do be brought in a shown off!!!
01/09/2003 at 13:59
PS Mrs CBP - don't worry about the speed, just go for it... you never know what you can achieve until you try!
01/09/2003 at 15:49
Well done Spans and excellent race!
01/09/2003 at 15:53
Nice one Spans - sub 20 5k at the end of your first Tri is very impressive (in fact sub 20 5 k at the end of ANY Tri is very impresssive)!!

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