Posted: 07/05/2013 at 12:23
Woke up early to a cold, damp morning and did a final kit check before loading up the bike and setting off to find SA's house. Arrived there at about 08.30 to find a bunch of weird looking people all dressed in banana yellow supping coffee. Was a bit daunting as it was my first pirate outing but everyone made me feel really welcome . More farting around with kit and a complete change of mind meant that i dumped half of what i'd brought back into the boot of my car and then it was off to the Leisure Centre for the swim leg.
After racking the bikes and making sure all my bike outfit got completely soaked by not covering it up properly we had the obligatory team photo and then off to wait for the swim lanes to open up.
Opted for the middle lane (if in doubt, always go fot the middle option) which proved to be about right speed-wise. Completed the swim in 40 mins, pressed the lap button on my Garmin to take me into T1 and realised that it wasn't working so had to stop it, save the time and switch sports from multi mode to cycle.
Out into T1 in the rain and wind and proceeded to try and dry myself on a sopping wet towel. Put on Monaco, cycling jersey, wind jammer, socks and cycle shoes when i realised i hadn't put on my cycle bib . Took off wind jammer, shoes and cycle jersey and got dressed again properly hot on the heels of SA as he looked like he knew where he was going and i hadn't paid attention earlier at the briefing....
Soon got into a good rhythm on the route and by lap 4 i could even find my own way round. Played a 12 lap game of catch up with Honk who seemed to fly past me on the flat and down hill before i caught him up again on the climbs. Saw quite a few other Pirates on the couse (except the front runners) which spurred me on a bit.
Forgot to eat or drink for the 1st hour so then made sure that i had my gels every 20 minutes or so.
Great enthusiastic support from the feed station which made me feel like a 'proper' triathlete.
Mrs JD had by now turned up with Girl 1, Boy 1 and Boy 2 to cheer us on at the final furlong.
Got to the feed station on lap 12 and realised that i didnt have a clue on how to get back to T2 (much to Button's dismay) so had to wait for Honk to catch up so he could lead the way.
Bike completed in 3h 15m
Into T2 to change out of bib, socks and jersey before setting off on the run leg. Again, no idea where to go so waited for a runner who was on lap 2 to tag onto their shirt tails and lead the way (but not for long as I couldnt feel my feet or legs at that stage). Ran the rest of lap 1 with Honk til he realised that he'd left his cycle shorts on so needed to change back at T2. The rest of the run was pretty steady, not fast not slow (about 09.30 min/miles I think). Thanks to Spidey for pointing the way on the corner .
Run finished in 2h 5m.
Lovely finishing run up Chiltern Ave to be greeted by the Pirates - even Ozzy who'd managed to slip past me on the run whilst i was refuelling .
A great event with great people. Special thanks to the SA clan for opening their house and being so welcoming, Cake for his encouragement and Marshallini for being a good all round children's entertainer