This morning we set off for Palmerston North for the Contact Women's Triathlon. It is another event that is really just aimed at getting people to participate and I was especially excited because the swim would be in the pool rather than the sea. So no chance of becoming a shark's next lunch...
We got there on time and then it was time to get ready and set up our transition area.
Sarah was very kind and she picked up our race packs the day before.
We were a group doing this event today. Wendy (Rose's sister) is visiting from the UK, Rose and I roped Sarah in to do the event with us and it was so lovely catching up with Denise who we met at the Saturday training sessions for the Kapiti Women's Triathlon.
|From left to right: Wendy, Rose, Me, Denise, Sarah|
Of course I do have to say thank you to our support crew, official photographers and cheering squad.
|Mike (Rose's husband) and Terence|
At 7:30 it was time for the race briefing.
Then we were encouraged to do a warm up session.
The first leg of the race was a 300m swim. We had to do 6 lengths in a 50m pool.
|Lining up more or less in our waves. Rose, Wendy, Sarah and I were both in the 3rd wave and Denise was in the 2nd wave.|
|Almost my turn to get into the pool.|
|And I'm off...|
|Wendy, Rose and Sarah making their way down the lanes|
|About to go into the next lane.|
|Oh dear...I don't think Val will like my technique here...|
The second leg of the race was a 9.5km bike ride.
The third leg (the 3km run) is the part I enjoyed the least.
|Off I go for my run.|
Towards the end of the run I caught up with Denise and we finished together.
Rose, Wendy, Sarah and I were really happy to finish our event.
This was such a fun event and I will definitely do this again next year.
According to the website my time is 53 minutes 18 seconds with an overall place of 63rd (out of 155).