Typical bank holiday weather greeted several Peak XV athletes competing at the Ulverston triathlon Easter Sunday. The weather was so miserable that the bike was shortened due to “health and safety” Despite this there were good performances all round.
First home was Sid finishing in 7th place despite losing time in the swim when his goggles leaked leaving him unable to navigate the treacherous waves, cold and currents to be found in a Cumbrian 25m indoor heated pool.
Finishing shortly after in unlucky 13th place was Marko. Marko summed up the experience as “Not really my cup of tea, just well too cold for me” Proving that the art of Rap isn’t quite dead in Bolton.
First time triathlon finisher Danny completed the event in a credible time of 1:28:52 (including 8 minutes in transition) despite losing all the feeling in his feet owing to the extreme cold!
The award for positive feedback goes to Terry who offered the following when asked how was the race. ” Big eye opener, realised how s**t I am at swim and how slow I am on bike”
I am probably not going to be using that as one of my testimonials in the near future!
Summing up, I think massive respect is due to all those who finished this event under the conditions. Personally I would have resorted to one of my ” What to do in a race when its horrible” strategies. Which would have been cycled a few hundred meters until out of sight then let down a tyre and walk crestfallen back into transitions telling everyone I was flying until the puncture. This was last used sucessfully in a duathlon 1998.
More pictures from the event can be found ion the galley