As autumn progresses, the nature of multisport events changes: traditional triathlon winds down to be replaced by events like cross duathlon. Essentially, from about mid-October, things get thoroughly wet and filthy.
Accordingly, Steve W bowed out of this year’s competitions a couple of weekends ago with an age group win and fourth overall in the South Hunsley Sprint triathlon (swim 400m / bike 24km / run 5km). This brought Steve’s 2015 undefeated-in-age-group streak to a total of 12 out of 12: quite some achievement, and one he’s never previously accomplished. Indeed, it’s quite possibly an achievement that very few triathletes have ever accomplished.
As is becoming tradition, as puddle-avoider Steve quietly slides into hibernation, his brother, mud-plugger Mick comes to the fore.
Mick’s finishing time of 1:20:52 was only 82 seconds from a second place in age category but as competition was so unusually tight, Mick came away frustrated with his 6/30 age group and 32/204 overall result. He also came away with a grim determination to speed up his transitions and to concentrate on some brick training (specifically, training to run fast after a hard bike session – something that’s much more difficult than you might imagine).
The second in the series is soon; we await results with interest…