Hey meldy good car news, slightly less good cat news, and pah to ironmen that just can't cooperate.
I did indeed let sister beat me by a whole 13 mins overall, it turns out! She beat me in all three bits (although I beat her in both transitions, not much of an achievement! She beat me by 1.5 mins in swim, 3.5 mins on bike, and nearly 10 mins on run. Training clearly does pay off! (Sometimes)
Not entirely sure how I'm going to do a half marathon next Sunday but will figure that out later...
Hope you have a nice rest of the time you're out there melds
Overall an excellent day out and sister had a great time on her first tri and is completely hooked Strongly suspect I came last overall, didn't see anyone with a number as low as mine on run at all, but we'll find out.
Not convinced about 2 transitions but they couldn't have done it any other way given how far the pool was away from the swim! Also not inpressed at goody bag (which we got at the start to put our swim stuff in) - 2 gels, an energy bar and a packet of porridge oats. I rather like a mars bar in my goody bag thank you!
Currently stuck in a traffic jam heading home, yawn.
Started pissing down as I got off bike. Dumped bike (stuffed in last of jelly babies) and grabbed baseball cap - hate the rain on my face run was 4 laps on grass round the park, funnelled between bits of tape. Rain got heavier and heavier til we were all looking completely drenched and ridiculous.
Spotted sister who claimed not to know which lap she was on (but she, unlike me, has a working garmin so doesn't need to count). Turns out she was nearly a whole lap ahead of me and at one point overtook me altogether. Looks like training does make a difference after all.
Highlight of the run was some woman saying to me "come on love, you're so brave!" Er, do I look like I'm on my last legs or something?!
Spotted mr daffs and sister with medal, annoyingly I still had entire lap to go but at least the sun came out by the time I finished.
Walked back to car before realising we'd forgotten to collect bikes (you don't go past the transition once you've finished). Got bikes, then realised we'd forgotten to collect swim stuff (ridiculous system, wonder how many unclaimed bags they had left at the end?!)
Got changed, walked several more miles til we found M&S cafe and had cake
(In car so going to do mini posts rather than lose it all!)
Swim was interesting, in heated outdoor brine pool mr daffs took lots of pics and a video - never seen myself swim before Sister looked dreadful every time I saw her but has clearly much improved as she was being right held up by people in front. I just kept stopping to let people past
Discarded our fetching pink caps and jogged half a mile down some service road at the back of the leisure centre to the transition. Sister still there but looked worried, and tried to go wrong way out of transition. Had to pack swim stuff in bag to be collected by unseen hands as not coming back to this transition.
Headed out on bike, back through maze of housing estate and round large roudabout. Urgh. Rest of bike uneventfully pretty although I did find myself regretting not bringing cash for the many plant sales and tea shops. At one point all held up for tractor that had got wheel stuck in a ditch, and truck bringing replacement giant tyre.
Only other bike happening was naughty man overtaking me near end and whizzing through pedestrian crossing on red. I did yell for him to stop but on he sailed. Marshall noted his number. Didn't see sister at all.