I've done this before. I usually register on the Saturday afternoon. Turn up on the day, about an hour and half before race time. Park on the field (£3). Put stuff for run in T2 about. Walk / Ride to the pool. Put stuff & bike in T1 (T1 is only small, so you can only rack your bike 15-20 mins before your race time). Line up by pool. Get called to enter pool. Countdown & start. Do lengths. Run out to T1 (this always seems tough. You have to convince yourself it's a feeling rather than fatigue). Change as required. Put your stuff in bag provided (this is taken to the finish for you for collection). Do the ride. Run into T2 with bike. Rack and change. Run laps. Say 'never again'. Start training for next one.
Just woke up from my Winter hibernation. So, how long have I got, 5 weeks ? I've actually just come back in from doing a route measuring session, using a Garmin 305 and a Fiat Punto. As expected, the cycle course is a little long (12.87 miles). Road surface a little worse for wear than last year, but tolerable. There are some temp traffic lights along the big dip, just before the hospital. The have been edging their way down the road for the past couple of months. Not sure if they'll be gone before race day. They've also started to install a pedestrian controlled crossing, about 500m before the end of the cycle route. Not sure if this will be commissioned before race day, but could cause a problem for those racing later in the morning / afternoon. Either way, it will be an issue for the North West triathlon in September...
As for moi. Swimming, no improvement. Biking slower. Running slower. I have the full deck of opportunities. )
I seem to be stuck in a rut. 13 minutes for 500m. Okay, I know i don't do nearly enough swimming (atm), but i would have hoped for some improvement. Anyways, this week I'm going to focus on reducing drag. That means hips up and some proper rotation and head position. Later in the season, I'm going to get some coaching at the local pool, but a few things in the way at the moment, not least a wealth of cycling to do.