Following last year’s positive feedback, Tracy Paterson, Jo Forbes and Krista Black took part in the Edinburgh Women’s Triathlon. The race is actually held in Dalkeith and consists of a 400m swim, a 10km cycle and a 5km run. A well organised event enjoyed by all three ladies with Tracy’s 8th overall of particular note. Thanks to all at Edinburgh Triathletes for a great day out.
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Tracy said: “I was very nervous about this event, as I had no idea what to expect from my first triathlon. The event was extremely well organised, with loads of advice and pre-race information on the website. The fact that the race was ladies only put me more at ease, and there was a thorough briefing at the pool beforehand. I was pleased to have completed the swim with some breath left, and huge thanks to Krista for introducing us to Total Immersion swimming which really helped me get through the 400m.
The cycle afterwards went pretty well and although only 5km, the run felt hard going. Aside from a horrendous blister on my foot, it was a great experience and a nice change from all that marathon training! Jo, Krista and I also had a chance to meet more lovely members of our new ladies’ cycling club Hervélo. This race is highly recommended for absolute beginners in triathlons. Thanks to Gordon P, Fraser, Laurence and the kids for the race support and to Edinburgh Triathletes for hosting such a great event and providing lovely post race grub”.
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Jo said: “After I completed Edinburgh Marathon there was only 5weeks until Edinburgh Women’s Triathlon so I had been trying to fit in swimming and biking training so that I would be ready for it in time. This made me feel quite nervous for the tri as I felt that I hadn’t given myself enough time to recover from the marathon and have enough time to learn front crawl technique, road racing and transition. So I decided to just do the breast stroke in the swim section as this was what I was comfortable with.
Meeting at Dalkeith Community Centre, it was all very well organised with us receiving our numbers and goodie bags which included a bootbag, coloured swimming cap and energy bar/gel.
I started in the first swim heat with other women who had put a similiar predicted swim time, 5 in each lane starting 5 secs after each other. Due to nerves and knowing that the swim would be my least enjoyed section I started off too quickly and became quite puffed out + tired in the swim early on which worried me but I got the 16 laps done and dragged myself out of the pool. Ran out the swim centre and round the back to the transition area, here I tried to catch my breath, drink, put my helmet, top, socks & trainers on and get on my bike!
The 10km cycle was out round the centre to meet a lovely big hill, by this point I was thinking ‘how the hell am I going to complete this tri!’
I got off my bike and walked part of the hill trying to re-focus and control my breathing (as my gagging reflex had kicked in!) Once I got back on my bike and felt better, the rest of the cycle was great, a few fast downhill sections through lovely countryside heading through Whitecraigs then back into Dalkeith to the transition area.
Off my bike quick drink and off on the 5km run section, feeling tired I tried to get into a good pace that I was comfortable with and telling myself that all the worst parts were over and running was what I was good at and used to! It was a simple flat course, out and back along the cycle path. Glad to cross the finishing line and receive my well deserved medal! Also appreciated the support from Gordon, Fraser and Lawrence as well cheering us all on!
We stayed for the brilliant spread of food laid out for us and the presentation, we also found out that Tracy came in 8th which is amazing and pays tribute to her hard work and determination!!!Well deserved!!
I did enjoy the tri as it was a real challenge but next time I would like to have had a better background of training, learn the front crawl and work on my transition!
Definitely recommend it for those wanting a challenge as it is very friendly and well organised! I will probably be back next year to do it all over again!!”
Photos: (including some courtesy of Edinburgh Triathletes Website)