I noticed from the Portaferry results that you're back, Littlest Hobo. Well done!
Most people do a pool based sprint triathlon first. The next one is at the Valley Leisure Centre in Sept. The swim is 30 lengths and competitors are placed in a wave with others of similar swim speed. The cycle is 20k and the run is 5k. Alternatively, try a super sprint such as the one at Ballyronan in August (300m swim, 10k cycle & 2.5k run). This is shorter and targeted at first timers, but you would need a wetsuit as the swim is in Lough Neagh. Look at the Triathon Ireland website for a list of the races coming up.
Hope Dervock went well. I did the Sea2Sky 10k on Friday evening which is one of my favourite races. Born2Run really pull out all the stops to give the runners a great day out. Once again, the weather was lovely and Newcastle looked splendid. This morning I did the Lisburn sprint triathlon. The run course for that is completely uninspiring as it is just 5 laps of the playing fields, but overall it's a nice wee race. There were some very fast runners out in the fastest wave who were good to watch. If you think though some marshalls in running races can be grumpy, you should experience our Triathlon Ireland officials. They are there to ensure that everyone abides by the rules, but they show no mercy!
I'm getting my fitness back, slowly but surely. There are just too many good races on this time of year; it's hard to keep the missus happy by not doing too many .
You're game, Martin. Great to hear about the bike, it's a good way to mix up your training. I had forgotten about the Wall Duathlon and I'll consider doing it myself. I wasn't able to do it last year but DS did, although wasn't able to finish (I think due to a problem with the bike). It's a long race, so nutrition is important but I wouldn't think too far ahead yet. You will pick things up about food & clothing over the next few months as you get used to cycling longer distances. It's a different sort of fitness from running. Best of luck!
Mags, I was very saddened to hear about Greg. As you say, be was a great stalwart in tbe running community and built up County Antrim Harriers into the club it is now. He fought the illness and kept running for as long as he possibly could. He is a big loss.