Deva Divas Triathlon

20006323036_ecece51448_zI entered this way back in March, thinking it would be a lovely summers day triathlon with a lovely bunch of like minded ladies. The lovely bunch of like minded ladies bit was correct, but the weather was hideous. Rain and a cold river didn’t make for a great start. My goggles were shockingly bad and teamed with a cold river, I breast stroked most of the 750m swim coming out the river towards the bottom end of the field of ladies add in a time of 20 mins.

 

This was my first ever transition where I’ve had to ditch the wetsuit and just thought about the tips that Claire gave me from Tri Claire in Oswestry in just roll it down and pull it off – no airs and graces. Transition time was just over a minute – pretty pleased with that!

The bike route was flat with just a few little undulations, I took over loads and loads of the other ladies and powered on. My average speed was just a shade under 18mph for the 25km course. The SYTri interval track sessions have definitely been helping me with speed.

Got back for the run and again my transition time was just over a minute – I think I was faffing with my Garmin too much and could cut this down further. The run was a 2.5km loop which we had to complete twice. It was actually a nice route and reminded me very of the Telford parkrun course. I finished this in 22:53 secs which is only about 30 secs off my 5k pb. I really do need to go and do a parkrun soon to see if I could beat my pb on fresh legs.

louiseTo see the finish sign in sight was a great feeling, lots of cakes and water and even wet wipes! Lovely touch. Goody bag was ace, a whole race pack of High 5 gels and a bottle, some 9 bars and a casual t-shirt that I’d actually wear. It was really well organised and a big thank you must go out to the volunteers and marshals who gave up their time on a cold, wet Sunday morning.

Looking at the results, I came 10th out of 52 ladies in my age group of 34-39yrs  and 53rd out of 272 ladies overall.

Read more race reports from Louise here.