All summer I’ve been preparing for my first triathlon event which will be the Tri-Force HSV September Sprint Triathlon. As the name suggests it is a Sprint Triathlon with an indoor pool swim of 400m, a 20km bike ride and finishing with a 5km run. It sounded like a good introduction into triathlon events and it’s not too far from home which makes the start time of 06:15 slightly more bearable.
As part of my preparation I competed in the Muscle Warrior 10km event at Haileybury College in July. It was a baking hot day but I managed to get round in 58 minutes which I was reasonably happy with.
On the cycling front I’ve been out most Sunday mornings early to practice a neat 20km circuit around Letchworth, I’m tracking my rides (and runs) on Strava now.
Swimming, like most triathletes I’ve read about, is definitely my weakest sport of the three, so I invested in what turned out to be excellent swimming lessons with Art of Swimming. The lessons helped a lot with my front crawl technique and now I’m just practising and building up the number of consecutive lengths.
All-in-all I’m really looking forward to my first event. I’m planning to go and watch the Vitruvian Triathlon at the end of August (it’s a half Iron Man distance event) at Rutland Water for inspiration.