Tri, Tri and Tri Again!

The start of the Hever Castle TriathlonWell after stupidly announcing live on BBC Radio Kent that I would compete in the Hever Castle Triathlon last September, this week sees the first step on that journey.

Having spent the entire winter training (on and off), I will take part in my first ever triathlon on Wednesday in the Castle Triathlon Evening Series at Hever Castle.

It’s a sprint triathlon to start with (750m Swim, 20k Bike, 5k Run) ahead of the Olympic distance in September (1500m Swim, 40k Bike, 10k Run).

Now, growing up I was a cricketer and a footballer and occasionally at school I dabbled in basketball and athletics. Triathlon was never really an option.

I do remember when I was about 16, having given up club football, looking into triathlons but expenses and the nearest tri club being 40 miles away hindered me in that respect.

But fast forward to 2013. A bit of pocket money from the paralympics, an agreement that I can’t get out of and some supportive friends and organisers at the Castle Tri Series – here I am.

Within the last month I have begun open water swimming at Leybourne Lakes, and even combined cycling and running one after the other to get used to that jelly legged feeling.

In isolation – I can do each discipline to an acceptable standard. Nothing special but a marked improvement to when I started last October.

The skill will come when I try to combine the lot on Wednesday with 200 other competitors. Will the adrenaline take over and push me round the course or will I go too hard too soon and burnout before the end? I honestly have no idea!

Safe to say, having this challenge in my life for the past 9 months has been immensely refreshing. Instead of working all hours under the sun in the office, I can now get away at a reasonable hour, train for a bit and feel 10 times better about myself and my new found ‘fitness’.

Any tips on how not to totally embarrass myself would be greatly appreciated.

I will post a post-tri review on here later in the week with a couple of snaps should I emerge unscathed at the other end.

A couple of friends have given me this advice…. “Use the first to complete, and the second to compete.” I wonder if I’ll be able to reign myself in come 6pm on Wednesday???