Posted: 26/09/2015 at 20:00
Nairn Triathlon 2015
Over the past month I have been building my swim fitness so I could take part in the novice triathlon at Nairn, given the bike and run was only 10k and 3k respectively, I thought if I could get myself fit enough to swim 400 metres the other two disciplines would take care of themselves
Arrived at Nairn in good time so dropped the bike at T1 and drove to T2 to dump the car and trainers for the run. I was slotted for wave one lane 2 as I put down a predicted time of 12 minutes, sometime after 10 I was in the pool doing the mandatory one minute warm up, I just did some torpedo push offs and swim backs for mine.
Not much to report on the swim except it went a lot better than I thought it would, to be fair it was the one I was dreading the most so I was happy to get it out of the way in 11:18 which included a walk from poolside to the T1 sensor. A bit too long in T1 2:09 and I was out on the bike, as it was only 10k, I went quite hard, for me, from the start and once the traffic lights were negotiated it was a clear run to the turning point out past Kingsteps, the cycle has a few small bumps which were fairly easy to attack, I managed to overtake a few cyclists to be fair most were on mountain bikes, it almost felt like cheating. Got into T2 in 21:16, T2 was 1:26, two competitors overtook me there. The run was back along the harbour and along the beach path back to the pool turn around and come back, the legs were not playing on the first leg of the run but freed up a bit on the return, I only managed to regain one place on the run. Crossed the line in 49:25.
A really enjoyable event perfect for a newbie like me, will I do another triathlon, yes I think I will, I have enjoyed the variety with the training and I think it will help keep my body together for longer.