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Helston Triathlon 2013

By Debbie Starkey

7th June 2013

A good day for a bit of swim/Bike/Run

Nine of us from St Austell Triathletes headed down to Helston for the 3rd event of the 2013 series. We could not of asked for better weather. Beautiful blue sky's and barely any wind. Perfect but suncream would defiantly be necessary.

Leaving my bike and gear in it`s racking space in transition, I headed off to register along with Stuart who had arrived earlier with Dave. We then returned to transition to finish setting up and chew the fat. This was only my 5th ever Triathlon but something that struck me right from the beginning is how friendly and supportive everyone is. I am beginning to recognise faces now but even when you are racked next to someone you have never met before it seems they are only to happy to have a chat and a laugh which makes for a great atmosphere and helps calm the nerves. I managed to borrow some waterproof suncream off one of my neighbours thank goodness as i realised mine was not water resistant. Good job too as the bits I couldn`t reach on my back are now lobster red. Ouch!

The event was a little behind time in starting so swim start times were running about 30mins behind but before I knew, it was time to get in the pool. This was a sprint event so 400m swim. Then out of the pool, quick jog up to T1,put on bike gear,grab bike and go.16mile cycle.

This was all going well until I became embroiled in a maaaahooooosive motorbike cavalcade. It brought me to a complete standstill at one point unfortunately right at the bottom of an incline. Annoyed just does not cover it but after a stern word with myself I concentrated on channelling that energy into the remainder of the bike leg. After one last hold up at the final round-a-bout,again with my biker friends grrrrrrrrrrrr, it was back to transition to swap bike for trainers and out onto the 3.5mile run.

This is my favourite and strongest leg of a triathlon so i`m always happy when I get to the run. It also means that the end is near and the feeling I get at the end of one of these events is always one of huge achievement. My parents were there to greet me as always (thanks for the support mum and dad) along with Dave who had already finished.

We hung around to cheer the others home then it was off to the showers and then the prize giving.

I think everyone was pleased with their performance. I was extremely happy to be 3rd in my age category and I would like to give a special mention to Lisa Player who, for the 3rd race in a row this season,won her age category. Stuart Nicholas was the highest placed finisher from the club even though he had to use his `old bike`.

To anyone considering giving this Triathlon business a go I urge you to take the plunge and go for it. You won`t regret it and the cross training really improves your fitness. I can`t wait for the next one.