In typical English fashion, after literally weeks of gorgeous summer skies, the weather turned for the worse on a race weekend! Despite loads of rain I created a new personal best at Cotswold 113 middle distance triathlon.
I was quite excited to go camping again and stayed just a few hundred metres up the road at the campsite with a number of other triathletes. If you hate packing as much as I do, it’s worth laying everything out on the floor to check you’ve got everything before leaving the house. I almost left without packing my goggles!! What a disaster that could have been!
The day of the event was pretty much a washout for the swim and bike. The lake we swam in was a bit stinky but apart from that the swim was fairly uneventful. I was really happy with how the bike leg of the race went. I’d not ridden Lili in the rain before, apart from a tiny shower while out in Malaga so I was playing it cautious and didn’t really push it so I didn’t expect to make any major improvements in my time. As a non-drafting race it’s always a challenge to keep far away enough from your competitors. I was riding a bit of a game of cat and mouse amongst a group of four men for a large majority of the ride. There would be different segments where one person would get ahead and then before you know it, someone else has reappeared and taken the lead so you need to drop back a bit.
My transitions were super slow because of the cold wet weather making my hands numb. Once again the run let me down. I think I need to look into testing out some new shoes. This is the second race I’ve found it painful to put my foot on the ground, with the impact hurting the sole of my foot. While waiting in the queue to get a free leg massage afterwards I had a chat with another athlete who recommended Hoka shoes for that issue so I’ll be checking them out soon I think.
I really appreciated the free leg massage afterwards – those ladies (and gentleman) did a fantastic job getting all the mud off our legs to do so! It was well worth the chilly wait – I had a little snooze while lying on the bench it was so relaxing.
Cotswolds 113 middle distance is yet another race I would thoroughly recommend – fairly flat, fast, well organised and plenty of supporters yelling out your name in encouragement. Despite my frozen transitions, I was really happy to take almost 20 minutes off my previous middle distance time at Grafman.