Pleased to report I didn't fall in. I got into the kayak in first and then was passed by a guy who is a
proper kayaker with a super fast carbon boat and everything. It was like being passed
by one of those Bond style water rickshaws! Thankfully I caught him up on the
bike and then got my head down. It must be something about these water based
athletes because as soon as I went past him he tried to jump on my wheel and
snapped his chain in doing so. That would be it for most people but Oh no, he
ran, pushing the bike for another 4 miles around the course in order to get to
transition and start the final run. Now that's hardcore. Although my rams and
shoulders are killing me due to my hopelessly bad paddling technique I did enjoy
being out on the River Nene. It is a beautiful river. I did make the mistake of
paddling between two swans at one point as I was desperately trying to fight
the current. One tried to bite my arm and the other hissed at me and then head-butted/beaked
the boat. I was not scared.
It was nice to start the year with a win even though the race must have had the lowest number or competitors of any race I've done at about 8 or 9 people! It's only for the truly tough/mad you see, especially in January.
The Duathlon was well supported and it looked like it had a good quality field too so I'm looking forward to getting back to the Du for the 4th and final round in February.
Next up in two weeks time is the HumanRace.co.uk Iceman in the forests of Frimley. I hope to see lots of you there.