Well it’s finally arrived. Today I leave Dublin with my bike for my first competitive triathlon in Kilkenny on Saturday. I’ve been living in the gym for the past week, but I’ve eased up on running and cycling, to give my legs a chance to recover in time for the big event.
I’m excited, but not really nervous. I’ve never done a ‘transition’ before – changing from my wetsuit to cycling gear ‘on the trot’, but I’m not concerned about times, this time out. I’ve done the groundwork and while I know I won’t be fast, I’m confident that barring the unexpected, like injury or mechanical problems, I will finish the course.
It’s a ‘super-sprint’ course (short to you and me), because this is a ‘Choose to Tri’ event, aimed at getting beginners up and out there. ChooseToTri is a Super Sprint Distance event focused on raising awareness that exercise helps prevent breast and bowel cancer and their reoccurrence. It’s designed as a goal to help kick-start everyday people (like me) to exercise regularly.
I’ll have my ‘ChooseToTri’ cap on tomorrow; but I’ll also be running in my Concern colours. Because training and participating in the event this weekend, is part of my training for the Concern Uganda Tri-Adventure challenge that I’ll be heading off to Africa for in November.