Northampton Triathlon – Race Report

First triathlon of the season and it went much better than expected. My only reason for entering was that we’d got to the end of June and I still hadn’t taken part in a tri yet this year so thought if I wait until August (MK Tri) the season will be just about over before I’ve even started! It was a bit of a last minute entry – the Wednesday before and I went into it with the attitude that it would just be a bit of fun, times don’t matter.

With the sum total of two swimming sessions – a half hour lake swim at the end of May and 3/4 hour last Wednesday in the pool I wasn’t expecting much in the way of the swim, more of a get round but once I got over the initial first 100m and the washing machine effect (it was a mixed wave so quite physical) I settled into a nice rhythm. By halfway I tried to get a feel of where I was in relation to the rest of the wave and felt I was quite far back, but when I started overtaking some of the previous was knew I wasn’t too bad and in the final couple of hundred metres was passing my own wave left right and centre! I actually came out of the water in 12th place which was not too shabby methinks!

I hadn’t ridden the bike route before but had done bits of it and knew the first 5-6 miles would be hard, lots of uphills, tricky descents and a cheeky cattle grid, but I soon found myself over taking people on the uphills and then worked to keep ahead of them on the straights. I knew I had overtaken a few girls from my wave and as far as I could tell only one had overtaken me. Once the route hit the main roads it was a very quick ride – some hills but long stretches where even I managed to get on the tri bars for a bit. It was very windy and nearly came a cropper passing a n open gateway with wind whipping through it – at 30 mph on the bars a swear word or two may have come out of my mouth!

Coming back into transition one of the girls I had overtaken earlier came past me and we set out on the run. As ‘m suffering from really tight calves at the moment I had already decided that the run would be a gentle run and with the terrain, slightly off road and very wet and muddy (serious overnight rain coupled with a week of rain beforehand) I didn’t want to take any chances. I’ve a half marathon in two weeks and couldn’t risk it. The first lap was quite hard with my left calf feeling very tight on the verge of popping, but slowly as I plodded on it loosened up a bit and by the second lap I felt I could run a bit easier. I could see two women ahead at that point, knew the first lady was too far ahead but the second place was slowly coming back to me – but with my wise hat on felt I was quite happy where I was and finished a very pleased third place!

I don’t think I’ve ever been placed in a triathlon before so was really pleased with it, especially as I knew there was more to come from the swim and my run was quite restrained. To round it off I also got second place in my age group. So, all in all a great day and a fine return to the world of triathlon!

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  1. Great job! I think that sometimes if you go into a race a little under trained your body is not as worn down and is fully recovered. It seems counter-intuitive but I’m no longer afraid of taking it easy the week before an event.
    On Sunday I ran a 10K and hadn’t run since the previous Monday due to an injury. I didn’t set a PR as I held back to keep from making my injury worse. We still did it in 56 minutes.
    You must be excited about placing 3rd over all and 2nd in your division. That is awesome!


  2. Wow! Awesome placings…well done 🙂


  3. warriorwomen

    Ooh, nice t-shirt!


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