Firstly thank you for all of the encouragement for my triathlon, I am sure I have bored you rigid with it recently.
So here's the report. Started very early with a 5.20am get up, just managed to turn the alarm off before it woke MrsMat30 so that was a good start to the day. A breakfast and then completed my final few tasks. My very kind brother came and picked up my bike and we both drove to the event with my fan club (MrsMat30 and my lovely daughter Charlotte) at 06:50. Registered, got written on with my number 118 (and yes I got lots of comments on that) that doesn't look as though it will wash off anytime soon. Set up transition and so reported to the swim. Started the swim, which did not feel particularly good, but according to my swim coach (MrsMat30, who has sat through every swim training session) she said it was really good. That took 21.54 although that incorporated a 10 minute wait, my actual swim time was 9.42 and then the run from the pool to the transition area. I only spent 1 minute exactly in T1 which was excellent considering I had to put socks, bike shoes, glasses, cycling shirt and helmet on before taking the bike out for a spin. 21km later in 47.26 and so to T2 to rack my bike and change shoes, only 52secs in there and so off for the run which took 35.15 for the 5.6km run. All in all I had allocated myself a time of 1hr 45mins before my race and although there will be a lot of people faster than me my official time was 1:36:28 which equals a very happy but tired Mat30. 8 minutes 32 seconds ahead of my own personal time is now a PB for me, one that I may well want to beat at some point. I even got some bling!
Thanks again for sending me good thoughts and sparing the time to keep reading my ramblings, I promise they will not be as long or as boring.
Stay healthy and keep on running!