This was Lumpty's first time going long after completing 2 sprint triathlons, one of them the Nottingham sprint at HPP to have a look in the lake, which didn't put her off either, Lumpty had trained really well following a mix of Fink plan and an online coach up till the last 6 weeks when injury and illness took its toll, my training on the other hand was much the same as last year........very crap, hardly any swimming, probably count on one hand the amount of ow swims, a few sportives and commuting on the bike and not a lot of running, I did the Cotswolds 113 as a test of my fitness and it went ok.
Before we set off to Nottingham on Friday morning we had to pop round to Lumpty's mums to water the plants, I drove through an archway to the back of her property and forgot about the bikes on the roof, CRASH...........followed by lots of swear words and me calling myself a massive twat a lot, I was so worried that I might have scupperd Lumpty's race before we even got there, but luckily all the damage caused was to my brake levers, the car and rack, and all easy to bodge, phew.
We got to the race briefing on Saturday and caught up with our lovely Pirate friends and met lots more, a high point for me was starting off a round of applause at the end of the briefing, that wasn't nessassary and gave me so much pleasure, it was my first ever applause win, I have had a few close calls, one was at work after a training course but nobody followed and I was left looking like a demented seal, and another was too close to call weather I started it or an old lady from Cleethorpes that walked with 2 sticks, I let her have the win as she gave me a mint earlier on in the day.
Race day started well, we managed to get to the lake with time to spare and met up with Mathschick, my swim went well, I breaststroked most of it as my front crawl is mega slow, I drafted a lady most of the way round managing to nock of 10 mins from last year, got in after 1:51, I got changed into the bike gear then went over to Lumpty's kit to check she got off ok then saw her run in shouting hey is that my husband! Lumpty had a tough swim struggling to site and zigzagged a lot, she is a faster swimmer than me by far.
we got out onto the bike and Kept close to each other (10 meters apart) had a nice first half on the course, and then the rain came, we weren't dressed well and suffered(like most of us) with the cold, the second half was much slower but we were confident we would make it, the Pirate feed station was a much needed break, we got of the bikes on both passes, for hugs and banter, we were often reminded it's a race not a Sunday morning jolly
I have to say all the volunteers went above and beyond, it was a shit day to be stood around and those guys were all amazing.
we got into T2 with minutes to spare and even though I couldn't feel my fingers or peel my kit off, I couldn't help grinning like a fool that we had made it this far, I knew Lumpty would get through the run, she was looking strong, I saw a young chap in a bad state, but 2 lovely lady marshals helped him strip off and both cuddled him and rubbed him to warm him up, he looked at me and said I really should be enjoying this shouldn't I, needless to say he didn't rush
The run was cold and wet all the way round, I slowly started seizing up and a mild panic set in that we were a bit behind schedule, we pushed on bumping into lots of Pirates all looking like we felt but all managing a hug or a laugh, lots of people were suffering with the cold, we saw Buttercup on our way back off the second loop and really felt for her, she was supported by Mathschick and Her fella Bruce, the marshals and supporters were still in full crazy mode and really gave us a bo