After an early wake up, met Keith at 05.30 who kindly offered to car share, loaded up his van and off to Swanley.
We arrived in good time, about 06.30, headed to registration and signed on.
The nice lady asked ‘how long do you estimate your swim time will be’ ?
Giving an approximate time she handed me an 07.30 start which was great, especially on hearing Keiths answer to the same question!!!!
After making a complete hash of the HBT across the board, this time I paced myself.
Though not fast, completed the 400 mtrs / 12 lengths swim without incident and left the pool pleased with the way I got into a rhythm and stuck with it.
Into T1 …. quick dry off, race belt on (I remembered this time!), shoes, helmet and off to the exit.
Was nice to have Alex encouraging me even if I did head out though the ‘in’ gate – quickly rectified and back on course.
The bike leg was a pleasant ‘undulating’ route through town and country. At on point I saw a cyclist in front and made them a target to catch – this almost took me off course….
The cyclist was a ‘local’ out for a Sunday spin and in chasing the down, I nearly missed a right turn, thankfully the Marshal noticed what I was up too and put me straight.
Back to T2, bike racked, helmet off, footwear change and off to the run.
The run started on road uphill to Swanley Park.
It was a nice run, twice around the park mostly on gravel paths with a small section though a wooded area.
Back down the hill, along the road and to the finish.
On crossing the finish line, you receive you medal and then the choice of water or beer.
Ok so it was alcohol free Erdinger, but it was still nice.
There was a great atmosphere and from comments made everyone enjoyed the event ..
Now looking forward to Leeds Castle ..
ATC Team were, Keith, Olivia, Lee, Aisling, Sally Dee and of course me….