Aicha Reid took part in this friendly, well organized event and, thanks in no small part to her guardian angel (Gordon Purves) had a great time. Many thanks to the organizers for an excellent day out. Recommended. If you haven’t tried a multi-sport event before, maybe 2010 is the time? Race details at http://triathlon.eusu.ed.ac.uk/
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Aicha said: “The morning of the Edinburgh University Triathlon Club sprint triathlon was nerve wracking – so many things to find out and organise before even getting started. Oh, how I wished I was doing a run instead. However, the other competitors were friendly and the marshalls were plentiful and very helpful with a comprehensive race briefing. The swim comes first and we were carefully set off in heats timed to military precision with 5 seconds between each competitor. The swim went well and I managed to do all 750 metres using front crawl. A gentle tap on the head with a float let me know I only had two lengths to go and a quick walk outside to the transition area found that despite it having warmed up a bit it still felt freezing when dripping wet.
Transition is known as the fourth sport in triathlon as you are timed throughout so it is wise to be as quick as you can between each sport. I was not the quickest in transition but the talc in my socks (top tip) helped things along a lot. I saw that lots of the triathletes had tubes of ‘Bodyglide’ with them at transition but I still can’t work out what that was for!
The cycle route was undulating – there’s that word again – and I was just starting to relax and enjoy it when shortly after seeing Gordon Purves (always a pleasure to see a friendly face) I realised that the reason I had slowed down and my bike was making a funny noise was that I had a flat tyre. All in a matter of seconds, after a short panic, I decided there was only one thing to do. Stop crying, hoy my bike over a hedge and run for it. However, as if by magic I heard a voice behind me and it was Gordon (they say God moves in mysterious ways but that really was something) so, it was on Gordon’s bike with my feet sliding off the cleated pedals that I finally rounded the corner 4k later to finish the 20k cycle.
By now the sun had come out and I had warmed up a bit making the transition from bike to run much smoother. The run was two laps through a housing estate and the marshalls had chalked various motivational words and pictures on the pavements which made me smile. The marshalls were supportive and cheerful all the way. Attached are photos of the swim-bike transition, the cycle and the last bit of the run. Thank you so much to Gordon my bike angel, Alan for technical support and to all ERNs for the encouragement.
I was delighted with my overall time of 1:40:28 which hilariously put me in 113th place out of 115 competitors. However, I did manage 85th in the run and the small number of females (15 in total) meant that I achieved 10th position in my category overall.”