I did the race with Alastair, but I saw both Mark and Alastair the day before at registration and racking up. That’s one of the pains with the New Forest races is the compulsory registration the day before, it means having to drive down. But it was good to see both of the guys after what has seem some time.
The inaugural event of the Arundel Castle Triathlon. A well organised race, wonderful river swim, excellent cycle course (one slightly challenging hill) and a magnificent downhill, with a honest little run though the run is perhaps a tad short to make a town square finish. Nice race photos pushed through to Face Book by official race photographer.
A half-iron distance race held by Dengie Events in the East of Essex in the small village of North Fambridge on the 2nd June this past weekend. This was a planned event on my race calendar, a chance to assess my training in an early race for 2013. I think I am left with more questions than answers for myself as I work my way through my own self-analysis with the very welcome input from my friends who know me and/or train with me.
I decided to add a recount of my participation in the Thames Trot Ultra organised by gobeyond (http://gobeyondultra.co.uk/events/thames_trot_ultra_2013) from earlier this year, sadly I have signed up for 2014.
I decided to participate (not race) in a charity slot, in the Thames Trot Ultra while raising funds for the The Cure Parkinson’s Trust after being offered a very healthy boost towards the TCPT to get me started with my fundraising. Typically each year I try make at least one fund raising effort for a worth while cause. While I have never yet *raced* a marathon, I am comfortable running twenty plus miles. I guess the thought of throwing the kitchen sink at a stand alone long run has yet to appeal. But the ultra as a long run forming part of a journey absorbing the sights with camraderie certainly appealed to me.
An opinion of sprint triathlon I heard some years ago at a club meeting was “Swim till you feel ready to puke, Bike till you feel ready to puke and then Run till you puke“. I hadn’t done a sprint distance triathlon in over three years so this past Sunday was a re-acquaintance with this interesting quirky little race distance.