Race report Newmarket Tri 17/09/2017
Wanted a target for 2017 and thought I would try a triathlon. I can run a little, swim a little and …. ah forgot…haven’t ridden a bike for 40 years. It can’t be that hard can it? Borrowed sons bike, getting faster and two weeks later, off I came, skinning my elbow to bone with cuts/grazes added on. OK – will be the discipline I need to work at most.
Now to the event. With “newbie bandits” alongside me in Mark W and Beth as well as established time bandits in Simon, Elspeth and Stephen plus the now familiar MTC fantastic support, just get on with it and remember the target was to finish & enjoy and not worry about times/positions etc.
Swim (300m) Time 6:34. Enjoyed swim and did not push it until last 50 metres…and did kick my legs
Trans 1: 2:14 Disaster- Felt like I spent 5 min trying to put on top onto wet body. Note to by myself-. work on this or ask Daddy Xmas for tri suit
Bike (22Km) 49:58 Two laps on longest part of course. Felt quicker on second lap and started to enjoy the ride. Another note to Daddy Xmas …need a racer for next season, don’t mind new or second hand- to replace my hybrid upright weighing in at 14.4 Kg.
Trans 2: 0.35- yes happy with this as only needed to dump bike and helmet off
Run (4Km) 18:34 Very pleased with this as felt I started to fast but after about 500 metres got into a good pace and started passing other competitors at regular intervals. Got bumped (with no apology) with about 500 metres to go but got him back by sprinting past him just before the finish line. Bet he was p--sed off.
Overall: 1:17:58. Very pleased with time- all PBs …well it was my first tri 😊
Newmarket Tri was well organised and a very good event for starters. Roll on Haverhill when we will blow the other competitors/supporters away.
A big thanks to all the coaches who have supported me and the newbies for the past months.
But best of all, I got a BIG bonus from my target when I joined MTC. I met a great bunch of Time Bandits who were willing to give me time, advise, help and support with a few laughs chucked in. As Guy posted recently on FB “small club-big heart” which is spot on.Thanks all.
I've always been proud to be part of the MTC Time Bandits but this weekend I am really so impressed and proud of everyone who's taken part racing in their swims and triathlons and also of those who have supported them. We've had the complete gamut of athletes racing this weekend: from absolute new-to-tri members through to Jordan racing for Team GB. Everyone who raced did so with a smile on their face (at least for some of the time) and achieved great things....first time doing a triathlon, winning an age-group, getting a PB, earning a very large London Classics medal or racing the best amateurs in the world.
For some club members it was about being the best MTC supporters - going to a race purely to support others in the club. And of course, there are the coached sessions which have been run by other club members and it's thanks to those sessions that our club members have been given the skills and confidence to succeed.
Thank you all for being so awesome!! The last two weeks in the club have been incredible.
I'm going to put this on the public FB page too because I think that we are the best club locally and I want everyone to aim to be a Time Bandit!
I don't think that this applies to anyone on this FB group but it may apply to people linked with our members, so I'm sharing the post here.
It has come to our attention that some people have joined BTF using our club name to get a club discount yet they are not MTC members. We are making BTF aware of anyone who has done this - if you intended to join MTC but forgot then you have 24hrs to resolve this before we send BTF the list of people who have falsely claimed to be an MTC member. You should be joining MTC first and then BTF, if it is your intention to claim the club discount.