(Friday) Posts came asking for the triathlon rundown - here we go then.
For luck I wore my best red on red running shirt and black trousers. Even though I set off early it was an even greater red effect than usual due to the heat. No dogs or owners with stick-y things seen; no snide physiotherapists; no confused child saying to his mother, 'Is that a jogger?'. Not an amazing run though, should have stuck to favourite. Discipline 1 complete.
Following the onion incident I took Mr Next-door's bike out for discipline 2. Chose my king of the mountain outfit for that one and squashed quiff into helmet. Not fantastic in the show of sporting prowess when I lost balance getting on and have cog patterned cuts all round right calf. Zigzagged along the local roads putting all in danger. Did succeed in full right-turn manoeuvre including hand signals on two occasions but spent some time on local pavements for safety of other road users. Covered further ground than I expected and went up a much steeper hill than I had dreamed possible. Other than the cog injury the only other problem I had was ending up in a cul-de-sac. Have medical shakes and balance very poor so instead of succeeding in a full circle to get out I managed about 270 degrees and rammed the kerb head on. Hope I haven't damaged front wheel rim. I did complete the full 30 mins without hurting anyone other than myself though which is what matters. Cleaning the dried on blood from my cog cuts hurt. Have five impressively deep gouges to show for my endeavours. The quiff returned to its usual supremely coiffed style after the bike helmet disaster. Discipline 2 complete.
The pool. What else could I wear for my favoured section of the event other than the red, crocheted onesie so generously gifted by Captain poppypug (ents and haberdashery div triathlete). The pool was busy but all moved either side of me as I passed. Obv they had noticed my determination as I scythed through the water. Or maybe it was the effect of the wash. Swam for the requisite time avoiding medium swimmers in slow lane and slow swimmers in medium. At one point I overtook someone in the fast lane on the other side of the cordon. Discipline 3 over! Then I paddled off to the shallow end to do some star floats to congratulate myself on this year's amazing journey to exercise.
Here I am swimming. Note the organisation in the pool compared to usual. The children are playing happily with the sea creatures as it's the school hols. Elf is the one on the green croc.The lifeguard is doing his job. No one is armless, legless or headless. Even the triplets are there. The sun shines on us all!
Our latest successful heroes!
henpen90 plus1 (triathlete)
Second Lieutenant ullyrunner (triathlete)
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