ITU World Triathlon Series – London 30th May

London triSounds very grand!

Nothing like jumping in at the deep end for your first proper adult triathlon! At the end of May, I took part in the Sprint event in Hyde Park, along with just over 1000 other men and women of all ages and abilities.

My race took part on Saturday afternoon, just 24 hours ahead of the real stars of the show – the Brownlees, Christensen!   What was really special was that the race course was very similar to the 2012 Olympic Triathlon; swim in the Serpentine and bike and run around Hyde Park itself.

London tri 2As you’d expect, the race was brilliantly organised and there were triathletes there from all over the world, even in the mass events.   I really enjoyed the swim and posted a good time (36th fastest competitor) and transition was good. My bike (22k) was a lot slower than some of the faster guys, but I was happy with my 5k run and my overall time left me in 148th place overall and the 4th in my age group.
The result was OK, I know now that I need to work hard on my cycling. However, it was wonderful to have completed the race injury free. It was a great experience, and I’d really recommend it to anyone, whatever his or her level. The beer at the end was very welcome (non alcoholic of course!)

Jack Thorpe