EAST COAST TRIATHLON 21/04/2018
250m Swim, 16k Bike, 3k Run
This is a great early season triathlon based around the Gt Yarmouth Coast. Due to its popular demand it now runs over 2 days and you have a choice of Saturday evening or Sunday morning. Not being a early raiser we automatically plumped for the Saturday evening.
Jackie Gooch and I headed out to Gt Yarmouth on a very hot and sunny Saturday. We were in luck as the weather was on our side. But what we hadn’t thought about was being at a seaside resort on a sunny day, brings lots of crowds. It was busy but this didn’t deter our enthusiasm.
After racking our bikes in transition and a short race briefing we all headed nervously to the swim start. Women went first 30 seconds apart followed by the men. After the swim section we headed out to Transition 1 to get ready for the bike section. This headed uphill out towards North Drive to complete 3 loops. After an uphill cycle out we were looking forward to what we thought would be a fast downhill ride back, we were wrong. As soon as we turned our spirits were damped by head wind making it hard work. However, we kept each other going by shouting encouragement as we passed each other. We were also spurred on by the support received from friendly Jags Andy Mulligan at the turn around point, Rachel Cole in transition, my daughter Alice and Jackie’s partner Jerry. After the bike section was complete we headed back to Transition 2 to rack our bikes and prepare for the run section. The run section was on the esplanade alongside the beach. Again this was an out and back route consisting of 3kms.
Jackie Gooch finished her first triathlon in an amazing time coming second in her age group and said she’s now ‘hooked’. I was also happy with my result achieving a PB on this course and 5th in my age group.
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