Posted: 13/06/2016 at 13:57
Well, after the debacle that was racking and getting bags etc etc etc (we all know the story well enough now...) I had a great race.
Got a new pb on the swim and then struggled a bit with the bike (which has destroyed my knee) and had an ok run. 2:21 for me in my first sprint distance which I think is pretty respectable for an overweight 40 year old.
Luckily for me, our hotel was right near T2 so after the race and deciding to leave getting my bags until later, I got my trusty steed and bag, and nipped back to the hotel for a shower and stow the bike in the car. Then it was back to the grandstand to watch the elites.
Overall, apart from the elite races, the day was made for me by the fantastic support from the crowds and the marshalls/volunteers who did an amazing job in very difficult circumstances. Also was fab to finally meet Fat Buddha who was in charge of T1 - your calm reassuring manner was just what I needed considering my other half had to dash home to Manchester on Saturday night to check our house was ok due to flash flooding!!!!!
Anyway, it's done now, so I have lots to improve on and a new PB to achieve in my next sprint (which won't be one organised by this bunch of cowboys....)!!